TAG Heuer Introduces the Monaco “Dark Blue”

Open-worked dial in dark colours.

In anticipation of the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, TAG Heuer takes the covers off the Monaco Chronograph “Dark Blue”, a variant of last year’s Skeleton Dial that retains the open-worked dial that’s now in a restrained blue with vibrant yellow accents, match with a case coated in diamond-like carbon (DLC).

Initial thoughts

The new Monaco makes an immediate impression with its striking colours and open-worked design. It’s essentially a darker version of last year’s model (that was almost electric blue), with the muted blue a good compliment for yellow accents on the counters, central and hands, while also matching the all-black case.

Aside from the aesthetic refinements, this is fundamentally a Monaco Skeleton Dial, with the same calibre and dimensions. Appropriately, it is priced the same as last year’s equivalent Skeleton Dial model. However, the Skeleton Dial is not quite a value proposition as it’s priced quite a bit higher than the Monaco “Dark Lord” that has the same movement.

Muted colours

The latest Monaco is making its debut just in time for the Monaco Grand Prix that begins this weekend. It’s essentially a chromatic variation of Skeleton Dial “Turquoise”, with the same open-worked dial showcasing the mechanics.

The primary distinction is the lattice-like dial that is now in a dark, navy blue. It’s matched with yellow lacquered hands for the chronograph, which are echoed by yellow markings on the oscillating weight and column wheel visible on the back. 

Beyond the cosmetic alterations, the watch is identical to existing Skeleton Dial models. It has the same Monaco case measuring 39 mm in diameter and 15.2 mm high.

The case is in lightweight titanium that’s sandblasted and coated with DLC, giving it a scratch resistant, dark grey finish.

It’s powered by the Heuer 02, the in-house movement found in most of TAG Heuer’s upper-end chronographs. This automatic calibre has a column wheel and vertical clutch – as expected for a modern chronograph – and has a lengthy 80-hour power reserve. 

Key facts and price

TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph
Ref. CBL2188.FT6261

Diameter: 39 mm
Height: 15.2 mm
Material: Titanium with DLC coating
Crystal: Sapphire
Water resistance: 100 m

Movement: Calibre Heuer 02
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, and chronograph
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Winding: Automatic
Power reserve: 80 hours

Strap: Rubber strap with calfskin upper and folding clasp

Limited edition: No
Availability: At TAG Heuer boutiques, retailers and on Tagheuer.com starting May 2024

For more, visit Tagheuer.com.


Back to top.

You may also enjoy these.