It’s safe to say that 2019 was a good year for TAG Heuer, with the Swiss watchmaker celebrating 50 years of their iconically square Monaco wristwatch with four striking limited editions. It wasn’t just about the Monaco, however, as TAG also brought out some great new additions to their storied Carrera line-up as well as some elegant new ladies watches. We’d like to mention all the excellent new timepieces that were unveiled last year, but that would take quite some time. So, instead, here are our three favourite TAG Heuers of 2019:
TAG HEUER MONACO 1989-1999
The third Monaco released to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary honours the 1990s. A concrete-inspired dial (referencing the explosion of street culture during that decade) is brought to life by flashes of blue and red. The sub-dials, which had taken a voluptuous turn for the 1980s special edition, return to their boxier shape, but retain rounded corners. While significantly different from the original, and far grittier in appearance, this edition really brings the spirit of the 1969 right up to date.
Ref No: CAW211X.FC6468 / Case size: 39mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: Calibre 11 / Price: $8600
TAG HEUER CARRERA CALIBRE 16
The Carrera Calibre 16 succinctly expresses the TAG Heuer automotive aesthetic with a sturdy case build and sporty chronograph. The blue dial matches with the highly scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, which itself features a tachymeter scale for quick calculations of track speeds. Contrasting the blue dial and bezel is a pop of orange that highlights the first 15 seconds of the seconds track, as well as the tips of the respective chronograph hands. This watch belongs trackside on a summer’s day.
Ref No: CBM2112.BA0651 / Case size: 41mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: Calibre 16 / Price: $5850
TAG HEUER LADIES LINK TAG
Heuer are masters of solid-yet-subtle ladies’ sports watches and the 32mm Ladies Link is further proof of their skills. With an elegant mother-of-pearl dial, studded with 12 petite diamond hour markers, and a reliable quartz movement encased in a stainless steel housing water resistant to 100 metres, the Link gets some heft from the brushed bracelet that elevates the overall feel of the piece thanks to its multi-faceted lugs.
Ref No: WBC1312.BA0600 / Case size: 32mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: Quartz / Price: $3100