For more than 50 years TAG Heuer has been at the intersection of horology and motorsports, with a lineup of finely tuned Swiss watches designed dedicated to the style and speed of racing. While these mechanical timepieces have mostly retired from their roles as trackside timers, their appeal as sporty accessories has only grown. TAG Heuer is now a dominant name in motorsports watches, with modern re-editions of classic models feeding collectors’ passions and a historic partnership with Porsche resulting in a string of bold new designs. This month, the Swiss watchmaker puts the rubber to the road once again with a pair of new chronographs, the Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche and the Monaco Chronograph Night Driver Limited Edition, both inspired by cars and racing.
TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche
Sixty years ago, two new creations rocked the automotive world: the TAG Heuer Carrera and the Porsche 911. The former was a revolutionary sports watch that remains one of the brand’s most popular creations, and the latter was a genre-defining sports car whose iconic design was only matched by its remarkable 0-100 km/h sprint in just 9.1 seconds. The new TAG Heuer Carrera Chronosprint x Porsche, designed in two versions, pays homage to the 60th anniversary of both. Available in steel or rose gold, the newest Carrera is equipped with a new movement befitting of the occasion. Designed for precise measurements of short time intervals, the new TH20-08 movement mirrors the Porsche’s acceleration with a central hand that accelerates swiftly, then gradually decelerates over 60 seconds, then quickly restarts. It also features subtle nods to the Porsche’s performance in its red-accented subdials, including a red line at 6.8 hours on the 9 o’clock subdial, a reference to the original Porsche 911’s 6800 RPM redline.
Monaco Chronograph Night Driver Limited Edition
The second new launch, the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph Night Driver Limited Edition, is said to be inspired by the midnight blue, charcoal grey and matte black dials of vintage Monacos like the one famously worn by Steve McQueen in Le Mans. With a unique “circle in the square” two-piece dial construction, the newest Monaco is understated in the bright light of day, but thanks to a fully luminous dial, it takes on an entirely new character after dark. At night, the dark grey centre circle contrasts with the bright blue Super-LumiNova of the hour, minute, and chronograph seconds hands, as well as bright dots that mark the hours. Even the hash-marks that indicate the minutes and seconds glow brightly to create a look unlike any previous Monaco, and the perfect accessory for a night drive. With a case made from moody black DLC-coated grade 5 titanium and TAG Heuer’s in-house Heuer 02 movement with 80 hours of power reserve, this new edition upholds the Monaco’s reputation as a precision instrument while providing a new chapter in TAG Heuer’s high-performance legacy.