TAG HEUER MONACO
For Only Watch 2023, a seasoned team of experts has created the new TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Chronograph, an exceptional, revolutionary timepiece. An absolute watchmaking tour de force.
This one-of-a-kind Monaco watch enriches the Maison’s lineage of ground-breaking precision timing instruments pioneered by the Mikrograph in 1916. Extreme accuracy has always been the hallmark of TAG Heuer.
The bold and rebellious spirit of the TAG Heuer Monaco reaches new heights thanks to the redesigned case, expertly combining ultra-light texturised titanium with sapphire crystals and featuring a stunning hand-painted oscillating mass.
Meet Carole Kasapi, TAG Heuer’s award-winning Movements Director and the brains behind TAG Heuer’s first mechanical split-seconds chronograph wristwatch.
Remarkable timepieces can only be born out of the minds and hands of exceptional people. To create this unique wristwatch, Carole Kasapi assembled a team of world-renowned watchmaking experts.
For this unique project, it was only natural to choose the Monaco as it perfectly encapsulates TAG Heuer’s pioneering and rebellious spirit.
Emmanuel Dupas, Director of the TAG Heuer Institute, led the research on ultra-light texturized titanium, adding a stunning effect to the watch.
Led by the brilliant Carole Kasapi, a dream team of watchmaking experts has crafted a prodigious horological masterpiece. At its core, the new TH81-00 rattrapante calibre combines cutting-edge innovation with technical prowess.
By offering this unique timepiece at the 2023 edition of the Only Watch auction dedicated to supporting research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the Maison takes pride in joining this noble cause.
Julien Delcambre, Senior Product Designer at TAG Heuer, ingeniously blended sapphire and texturized titanium to create an ergonomic design.
For 25 years, Swiss-based Sophie Renaud has mastered the art of leather strap making to perfection. An indispensable addition to the team.
Before the craft begins, Sophie’s first step involved selecting the perfect piece of calf leather.
Next, she cut out the overall shape using a special cutter before fine-tuning the form using a specific precision cutting tool.
After the “rembordage” step, which consists in gluing the edges to create a smooth finish, Sophie carefully stitched in the red thread.
Finally, the TAG Heuer logo was hot-pressed onto the strap, a unique process known as “marquage à chaud”.
Regarded the “Picasso of watchmaking,” André Martinez put his exceptional know-how into meticulously painting the oscillating weight.
André started by mixing all the paints by hand from ten base tones before carefully re-creating the nine colors of the Only Watch logo.
After hand-cutting his brushes to ensure ultra-thin strokes, André used special binoculars to enhance the miniature surface to be painted.
André thoroughly dried the paints under 90°C and covered them with a transparent lacquer, ensuring a smooth, immaculate finish.
Fabrice Deschanel and Stéphane Maturel, founders of Artime, are experts of handcrafted decorations. They created the watch’s components and handcrafted its finishings. An essential duo.
Stéphane, also known as "the king of finishing," meticulously hand-decorated each movement component developed by Fabrice.
Hand-brushed with extreme precision and skill, the checkered flag motif on the rotor bridge expresses the racing DNA of TAG Heuer.
Stéphane’s team dedicated 30 to 40 hours and employed 10 different finishing techniques to complete the project.