TAG Heuer x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)

New Watch! • 10 Sep 2019

TAG Heuer x The Hour Glass (Commemorative Edition)

Funnily enough champagne isn’t associated with the Monaco, despite the inextricably strong link between motor racing and TAG Heuer. But come to think of it, what’s the first thing race drivers do when they take podium? They pop the champagne. So when it came time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the TAG Heuer Monaco and the 40th anniversary of The Hour Glass, it only made sense to uncork the champagne. View it here.

While not exactly champagne – beige opaline to be exact, every facet of the TAG Heuer Commemorative Edition was designed to maximise legibility. Its 39 mm-wide PVD case channels the wearers gaze towards a high-contrast information-rich dial.

Its PVD case pays homage to the Heuer Monaco Ref. 740303N. Known amongst collectors as the ‘Dark Lord’, Ref. 740303N was released in very limited numbers back in 1974. When Heuer was still experimenting with the then-new process of physical vapour deposition. The TAG Heuer Commemorative Edition for The Hour Glass features a black PVD steel case (front and back), fixed bezel, left-hand signed crown and chronograph pushers (at 2 and 4 o’clock positions).

The beige opalin dial is visible under a domed bevelled sapphire crystal. Revealing a bi-compax dial arrangement (2 counters): running seconds at the 3 o’clock position and minute chronograph counter at the 9 o’clock position. Both square counters are recessed and have matching red lacquer hands and black high-contrast text.

Also on the dial, a red lacquered central hand, red indexes with SuperLuminova, a black minute track and an angular black-framed date window at 6 o’clock (with a matching beige opaline date-wheel).  A black vintage Heuer logo and the words “MONACO AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH” also adorn the dial of the watch.

The polished steel hour and minute hands are pencil-shaped and white SuperLuminova-filled. The lower half of each hand is filled-in black, a subtle detail which further enhances the legibility of the dial and assists in creating a more harmonious connection between the black PVD case and the beige opaline dial.

Turning the watch over reveals a black PVD case back. Self-winding Calibre 11 Automatic is visible under a sapphire crystal. The Swiss made movement ticks at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), has a power-reserve of 40 hours and features stop-seconds and rapid date correction. Water-resistant to 100 metres.

The TAG Heuer x The Hour Glass Commemorative Edition comes on a matching perforated black calf skin strap with a black PVD steel folding clasp (featuring the HEUER logo) with double safety push-buttons. Limited to 50 pieces. View it here.

More photos below

TAG Heuer Moncao and The Hour Glass, celebrating 50 years and 40 years respectively.
Side on, the best angle to appreciate the decidedly vintage domed and bevelled sapphire crystal. Signed left-hand crown, making this a true ‘destro’ watch.
Chronograph pushers at the 2 and 4 o’clock positions
Automatic Calibre 11 as visible through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back
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