For those who are fans of TAG watches and all luxury watches get ready because the long awaited TAG Heuer Monaco V4 watch is here. “Five years after its initial announcement as a concept watch, TAG Heuer is proud to announce the manufacturing of 150 units of the Monaco V4 as a limited edition to celebrate TAG Heuer’s 150th anniversary.” So there you have it, directly from TAG’s official mini website dedicated exclusively to the promotion of this limited edition watch.
The Monaco V4 is the world’s first mechanical watch with a “belt-driven movement and linear winding mass.” The Monaco V4 represents something which no luxury watch company has yet to do; a complete replacement of the usual gears and pinions used in mechanical movements, instead using belt drives and ball bearings. The winding system too has seen a total make-over, replacing the typical centralized circular rotor with a linear winding mass.
The Monaco V4 brings new technical and design elements to the forefront of watchmaking. TAG Heuer employed 3D design experts, automotive engineers, chemists, mathematicians and others in the development process and while doing so, received two global patents for the Monaco V4. To give you an idea of how complex the inner workings of this watch are, take the belts used in the movement; each belt, of which there are five, are about as big as a human hair, making the integration of them seemingly impossible.
These watches, all of which are cased in platinum, take their name from the shape of the movement’s central plate, which is similar to the cylinders in a car. To highlight this amazing new movement, TAG created an equally cool and innovative case that measures 39 by 48.9mm. A hand-sewn blue alligator strap compliments the blue hour hands.
There is no mention on TAG’s official site of how much the Monaco V4 is going for, although the buzz is that it is well over $80,000. With only 150 pieces, who knows how long they’ll last.