TAG Heuer Monaco LS Calibre 12 - SOLD
For many collectors, the TAG Heuer Monaco is all about heritage. It’s about Steve McQueen and that iconic blue square dial that gives off a 1970s motor racing vibe. And since 2003, you have been able to buy a modern TAG Heuer version of McQueen’s Monaco, a watch that is very faithful to the 1970s original. But the Monaco series is more than just a retro-design, because since 2004 TAG Heuer has set about adapting the Monaco shape into something modern…as modern today as the Heuer Monaco 1133B was in 1969. The “new generation” Monaco series comprises the V4, the Twenty-Four and this watch - the TAG Heuer Monaco LS Calibre 12. The LS Calibre 12 is a radical departure from the traditional Monaco look, with a complex, technical dial that uses a variety of sub-dials and TAG Heuer’s innovative “Linear System” (“LS”). Combined with a modern case that re-interprets the original square case, the Monaco LS Calibre 12 is one of the more distinctive models in today’s TAG Heuer’s line-up, despite having been on the market since 2009. There are two LS windows on the Monaco LS, the first being the one used on the 9 o’clock sub-dial to show Chronograph minutes elapsed. Despite looking like the RS disc used on the Grand Carrera series, the semi-circular 9 o’clock “disc” does not rotate - rather the small “half-hand” Red indicator splitting the ”00″ marking rotates clockwise. In total the register measures 30 minutes, but only “00” “05” and “10” are indicated on the silver “disc”. Once you get to the 16 minute mark, the larger red hand comes into play, with time read from the “15” “20” 25″ and “30” scale. Once you’ve used it once, the idea makes sense. The second LS register is at the 3 o’clock position and is used to indicate elapsed seconds (time, not Chronograph). The LS disc is separated into two lines- a Red line that indicates 0-30 seconds, and then a black line that displays 31-60 seconds. This is simply put….....a truly remarkable watch with the TAG Heuer Monaco pedigree that will undoubetdly draw many many admirer's!
Prestige, performance, avant-garde technology and absolute reliability: these four "watchwords" have characterized TAG Heuer philosophy since its founding in 1860, when Edouard Heuer set up the company's first workshop in St-Imier (Switzerland). Since that date, the firm's bold and innovative spirit, its dedication to the high-precision measurement of infinitesimal fragments of time and its quest for excellence in the design and fabrication of its products constitute the very soul of TAG Heuer. From its very first patent for a chronograph mechanism in 1882 to the introduction, in 2004, of a revolutionary new automatic movement (the Monaco V4), TAG Heuer continues to be at the forefront of some of the most spectacular innovations in watchmaking history.
For more than 150 years, TAG Heuer has faced down every challenge, and then pushed past it. By defying the time-honored conventions of Swiss watchmaking, it has led it to ever higher levels of precision and performance.
It makes its own rules, chooses its own path, never quits moving forward, never compromises, never cracks under pressure.