To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Monaco Grand Prix, TAG Heuer has released three new Monaco timepieces with Monaco champion Max Verstappen.
“Winning the Monaco Grand Prix is a dream come true for any driver, and we are incredibly proud of Max Verstappen for achieving this remarkable second victory,” said Frederic Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer.
In 2021, Max Verstappen wore a special edition TAG Heuer Monaco to victory on the streets of the famous principality and it remained on his wrist for the rest of the season, with him winning his first World Championship. Given the dominant start to the season for both Verstappen and his Red Bull team, he probably didn’t need another lucky charm, but wearing a new TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Skeleton on the podium, Verstappen celebrated another successful race weekend.
It was a phenomenal display of driving by the two-time world champion on the narrow streets of Monaco, starting with an incredible final sector of his qualifying lap to secure pole position. In the race, Verstappen managed the changing conditions and a strong challenge from Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso, to take an eventually comfortable win – his fourth victory from six starts this season. Does a third consecutive title beckon?
As the name suggests, the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Skeleton features a skeleton design dial, a first in the more than 50-year history of the legendary Monaco timepiece. Three dial colours are available; Original Blue (worn by Max Verstappen at Monaco), Racing Red and Turquoise. The Original Blue takes inspiration from the blue dial of the first ever Monaco that debuted back in 1969 – as the world’s first water-resistant square-face watch. The Racing Red Monaco Chronograph Skeleton references the racing-inspired heritage of the Monaco, while the Turquoise variant is a fresh take on TAG Heuer’s avant-garde spirit and a subtle nod to the coastline of the principality.
Regardless of colour chosen, each TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Skeleton features a 39mm diameter case fashioned from grade 2 titanium. With both the Original Blue and Racing Red references, the case is a natural-finish sandblasted titanium, while the Turquoise timepiece features a black Diamond-like Coating (DLC) to finish its titanium case. Each reference is presented on an embossed black calf skin and rubber strap with sandblasted grade 2 titanium folding clasp with double safety pushers. The Original Blue Monaco Skeleton sits on a matching blue strap, while the other two references feature black straps. To match its case, the Turquoise watch features black DLC on its safety clasp, while the Original Blue and Racing Red feature a natural sandblasted finish.
Ensuring performance to match the stunning new look, the Monaco Chronograph Skeleton is powered by TAG Heuer’s renowned Calibre Heuer 02 movement.