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The new TAG Heuer Monaco “Dark Lord” presented on a black alligator strap


Dutch Formula One racer Max Verstappen, recent winner of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, wears the new 39mm TAG Heuer Monaco “Dark Lord,” presented on a black alligator strap.

The two-tone square Monaco dial has a black circular, grained finishing and features hours, minutes, and seconds. Its case material is sandblasted black DLC grade 2 titanium.

Overall Review

TAG Heuer recently revived the Dark Lord on the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix. With this new watch, marketed as a Monaco Special Edition for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, the overall appearance has been updated.

The revamped Monaco is just as beautiful as the previous “Dark Lord” because of how well the all-black design complements the square casing and 1970s aesthetic. The latest innovation is enticing since it is not a one-for-one replica, which could have been simple to do yet less compelling. The new piece is 39mm in diameter and is designed in a traditional square shape.

The rose gold highlights on the dial and the rough outer part are reminiscent of antique synthetic leather straps. It helps the special edition replicate the look of the original version.

The latest Heuer Monaco Dark Lord Special Edition, according to TAG, attempts to “give devotees the best interpretation of what initial Monaco’ Dark Lord’ may have been” by utilizing contemporary components. In contrast to the classic, this Special Edition’s casing, crown, as well as pushers all feature a black DLC finish that is far more scratch-resistant. This is just the second Monaco to be constructed of titanium, giving it a unique feel. Additionally, the 39mm casing is lightweight grade 2 titanium rather than stainless steel.

The watch’s 100m depth grade adds to its robustness. So as long as you don’t compress the pushers below water, you are fine to wear it on a rubber strap when swimming.

The dial has a traditional circular track (circle-in-square design) featuring attached outer indicators that are refined and faceted with 5N rose gold-plated. Whereas the circle’s interior has a radially polished satin surface, the outer region is similarly patterned like the grip tape on skateboards.

At 3 and 9 o’clock, square sub-dials house 30-minute and 12-hour indexes. A white date display is situated just under the loose little seconds at 6 o’clock, which lacks a specific sub-dial. All 3 chronograph markers are now red instead of the traditional orange, which provides a racing-appropriate appearance. The atmosphere is cozy and elegant when matched with the gold hands and indexes.

The incorporated Heuer 02 automated chronograph, which has a column wheel and vertically clutches, is the piece’s power source. The legendary Caliber 11, one of the first three mechanical Chrono movements, was featured inside the first Monaco when it was released in 1969.

With an 80-hour power reserve, a 4Hz beating rate, and 33 gems, the most recent movement is, obviously, more sophisticated. The bridges, as well as the open-worked, rose gold-plated rotor, are embellished with Côtes de Genève as viewed from the display case’s back. From an aesthetic perspective, it truly suits the whole of the package and isn’t overdone or poorly constructed.

Price retail: $8,200,00 USD

Reference: CBL2180.FC6497

Photo: TAG Heuer

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