Inspired by similar designs in the ’70s, the new bracelet carries an “H” design for its horizontal links, connected via smaller links running down the center, leading to a butterfly clasp with double safety push buttons. “The bracelet is particularly important for any wristwatch — without a good bracelet, the timepiece lacks desirability,” said the Swiss watchmaker’s Heritage Director, Catherine Eberlé-Devaux. “For the new Monaco timepieces, we have alluded to its brilliant past with a familiar design and color while reinforcing that the collection is moving forward with innovative new technology.”
The timepiece itself is now at a more modest 39 mm case size and come in two color options: black and blue. Open to view under a sapphire caseback is the new in-house caliber Heuer 02 chronograph, an automatic movement operating at 4Hz. To complement the racing pedigree of the watch, the movement features a speedy red column wheel with vertical clutch integrated chronograph function, a blacked-out and skeletonized rotor, as well as vertical Geneva stripes on the bridges. Power reserve comes in at an impressive 80 hours, with water-resistance at 100 meters.
For those interested, the black iterations of TAG Heuer’s new Monaco Chronograph 39 are now available, with the leather strap version going for $6,350 USD and the stainless steel bracelet version retailing at $6,750 USD. The blue edition will be available beginning January 2021.
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