TAG Heuer news from Baselworld is sure to grab plenty attention from car enthusiasts. It seems the watchmaker with a rich heritage synonymous with racing has paired with chronograph customization firm Bamford Watch Department in an effort to offer a new spin on the firm’s classic Monaco chronograph.
Car nerds will tell you that the Monaco design is maybe the most iconic racing watch thanks to its association with Steve McQueen and the movie Le Mans. The design itself dates back to the pre-TAG days when the brand was simply known as Heuer. McQueen famously wore a square-faced Monaco for that movie and it’s been a popular choice amongst car purists for decades as a result.
Special editions are not new to the Monaco lineage, nor are they new to Bamford who is more than willing to tailor out a custom look should you get one from them. Even still, this Bamford / TAG Heuer collaboration shown off at Baselworld is more than just a pretty face. Most notably, it also includes a solid carbon case.
Of course, there’s more to this even than the case. Check out even more details in the full press release beneath the our photo gallery below.
PRESS RELEASE: TAG Heuer Teams up with Bamford Watch Department
[source: TAG Heuer]
The brand new model unveiled at Baselworld by the Swiss watchmaker is the iconic Monaco with a solid carbon case, an elegant full black dial and aqua blue chronograph counters. Never before has such a bold design graced this flagship piece, seminal in the worlds of both watchmaking and motor racing. This interpretation is brand-new, exclusive and unique.
The most iconic timepiece in the TAG Heuer collection has been completely reinvented, thanks to a clever collaboration with Bamford Watch Department.
CEO of BWD, George Bamford needs no introduction. He pioneered the customisation of luxury watches by modernising and personalising timepieces which were already very exclusive, giving them a recognisable identity with his own ultra-modern, futuristic style.
This is not the first collaboration between TAG Heuer and Bamford Watch Department. Back in 2017, customers and fans of the Swiss brand were offered the opportunity to customise their favourite model. Following this success, TAG Heuer invited George Bamford to help designing this new series of the Monaco, which exclusively carries the Bamford name.
Now, George Bamford has left his mark on the legendary TAG Heuer Monaco. As one would expect, this new version still features the hallmarks of this model: the square 39-mm case and the crown positioned on the left. But now it also boasts a case made from incredibly lightweight and highly resistant carbon – the ideal material for watchmakers. Bamford’s signature style is evident in the chronograph counters highlighted with luminous marks on the indices and the date window, which are a magnificent aqua blue – Bamford Watch Department’s favourite shade of blue – a detail which gives the timepiece a resolutely modern look which is right on-trend. The dial and the case-back are engraved with “Monaco Bamford” as a reminder of the partners in this collaboration. The whole piece is set off perfectly with an exquisite black alligator leather strap.
The result is an ultra-modern visual identity, a contemporary classic. This timepiece has been made possible thanks to TAG Heuer’s industrial capabilities: the brand created a special mould for this carbon case to perfectly match the dimensions of the TAG Heuer Monaco and meet the technical constraints of this specific material.
The fruit of this partnership, the TAG Heuer Monaco Bamford is the perfect combination of the avant-garde watchmaking and technical expertise of TAG Heuer and the modern flair of Bamford Watch Department. It is symbolic of the brand’s investments in maintaining its forward-looking spirit, culture and philosophy, at the forefront of Swiss Avant Garde.
Movement Calibre 11 Automatic
Case 39 mm carbon case
Bevelled, domed sapphire crystal
Polished black PVD steel crown at 09H with Aqua Blue Heuer logo
Black PVD steel push buttons at 02H and 04H
Black PVD steel screwed sapphire case back with special engraving “Monaco Bamford”, limited numbered
Dial Black opalin
Black flange with 60 seconds scale
2 counters in lacquered luminescent Aqua Blue:
– Permanent second indicator at 03H
– Minute chronograph at 09H
Black gold plated facetted polished applied indexes with blue Super Luminova®
Aqua Blue and Black gold plated facetted polished hands with blue Super Luminova®
Aqua Blue lacquered central hand
Aqua Blue Heuer printed logo
Aqua Blue 06H angled date
MONACO AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH BAMFORD printed
Water-resistance 100 metres
Strap Black alligator leather and rubber