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TAG Heuer Reveals New Grand Prix de Monaco Historique

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TAG Heuer reveals new limited-edition Grand Prix de Monaco Historique as a tribute to the iconic biennial racing event.
The eye-catching race inspired "Grand Prix de Monaco Historique" edition. Credit: Tag Heuer
The eye-catching race inspired “Grand Prix de Monaco Historique” edition. Credit: Tag Heuer

Every two years the prestigious Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is held two weeks before the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco.

One of the biggest highlights on the classic-car racing calendar, the colorful event draws a passionate crowd of owners, drivers and spectators to watch over 200 historic grand prix race cars from the 1930’s to 1970’s as they tear around the Monaco track competing in their era-specific series.

Taking over from Chopard as the official timekeeper at this year’s historic event, TAG Heuer had planned to reveal a new limited-edition Monaco watch to celebrate the iconic race and their long-standing association with race organizers Automobile Club de Monaco.

Fans will now have to wait till 2022 for the next event. Credit: Automobile Club Monaco
Fans will now have to wait till 2022 for the next event. Credit: Automobile Club Monaco

However, like so many other events around the world, the 12th edition of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique has now been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but for a certain few TAG Heuer Monaco fans, the limited edition Grand Prix de Monaco Historique may still be a very attractive consolation prize until the next race in 2022.

Classic square steel-case on fine grain black leather. Credit: TAG Heuer
Classic square steel-case on fine grain black leather. Credit: TAG Heuer

Originally launched in 1969, the Monaco was named after the Formula 1 Grand Prix Monaco event and was the world’s first waterproof automatic chronograph with a square case. It got its big break on the wrist of racing legend Steve McQueen in the filming of the “Le Mans” movie released in 1971 and aside from a few brief years of discontinuation, has never looked back.

Limited to 1000 pieces, the new TAG Heuer Grand Prix de Monaco Historique edition is powered by TAG Heuer’s Calibre Heuer 02 movement offering 80 hours of use and features a stainless steel case with a striking red and white color scheme.

Tag Heuer Monaco Grand Prix Historique Watch Side Profile
TAG Heuer Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition. Credit: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Limited Edition. Credit: TAG Heuer

In the top right hand corner of the crimson watch face, astute wearers will notice a small silver vehicle (the logo of the historic race) appearing to make a mad dash around the silver dial.

Can you spot the historic race logo? Credit: TAG Heuer
Can you spot the historic race logo? Credit: TAG Heuer

References to the race also appear on the caseback in the form of the word logo printed on the transparent sapphire glass back and each piece is engraved with a small number denoting which of the 1000 pieces the owner has purchased.

Limited to 1000 pieces each with their own engraved number. Credit: TAG Heuer
Limited to 1000 pieces each with their own engraved number. Credit: TAG Heuer

While the fast pace historic race has now been canceled, interested watch buyers can still view the TAG Heuer Grand Prix de Monaco Historique at the Automobile Club de Monaco and place pre-orders before the official release in July.

For more details visit TAG Heuer.

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Breitling Releases Limited Edition Premier Chronograph in Burgundy

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Breitling releases Premier B09 Chronograph in a new burgundy color, limited to 250 pieces.
Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40 Soldier Burgundy Side
The new Breitling Premier Chronograph in burgundy. Credit: Breitling

Breitling’s latest addition to the Premier Collection has flown relatively under the radar and is a limited edition B09 Chronograph in burgundy limited to 250 pieces.

First introduced in 1943 by Willy Breitling, the “everyday elegant” design of the Premier collection pays homage to three generations of inventors – Léon, Gaston & Willy Breitling – and embodies Breitling’s legacy of inventing the modern Chronograph.

Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40 Soldier Burgundy Strap
Steel 40mm case with brown alligator strap. Credit: Breitling

Encased in a 40mm steel case, the new Premier B09 Chronograph features a burgundy colored sunburst dial with Arabic numerals and complementary brown chronograph subregisters in line with the heritage feel of the Premier collection.

Additional rectangular chronograph pushers and design details such as grooves on the case sides, open sapphire case backs and vintage-inspired hands complete the elegant Premier aesthetic.

Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40 Soldier Burgundy Front
The new release will be limited to 250 pieces. Credit: Breitling

Powered by Breitling’s in-house B09 movement offering a power reserve of 70 hours, the new Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph Burgundy comes on a brown alligator strap and is limited to 250 pieces priced at US$8,400 each.

Breitling Premier B09 Chronograph 40 Soldier Burgundy Caseback
Caseback with limited edition engraving. Credit: Breitling

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IWC Unveils New Portofino 39 Chronograph Trio

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The IWC Shaffhausen Portofino family has expanded with the addition of the new 39 Chronograph edition in three new colors.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Watch Trio
The new IWC Portofino 39 Chronograph watch trio. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen

For over 30 years, IWC’s classic Portofino Collection has represented the laid-back lifestyle of the Mediterranean and is distinguished by its classic round case and uncluttered dial of the “pocket-watch-style wristwatch.”

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph White Detail
Silvered dial with gold hands and markers. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen

Now IWC Shaffhausen has released the Portofino as a 39mm chronograph edition with three new colors: a silver-plated dial with gold hands and markers on a black alligator strap, a green dial with a green alligator strap and a black dial, and gold hands/markers on a brown alligator strap.

Enclosed in a polished stainless steel 39mm case, the Portofino 39 features an elegantly clean dial with delicate leaf-shaped hands and two smaller chronograph sub-dials displaying a 30 minute counter and a seconds subdial.

Along with the chronograph stopwatch functions, the Portofino 39s hacking seconds function also gives the wearer the ability to stop the second’s hand when the crown is pulled out to help synchronize time with a second watch.

Powering the Portofino 39 Chronograph is IWC’s 79350 self-winding movement (based on the modified Valjoux 7750) which offers a 44-hour power reserve.

The all-new IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Collection is currently available online with prices starting at $5,900.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Black Detail
Black dial with gold hands and markers. Credit: IWC Shaffhausen
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino 39 Chronograph Brown Strap

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Hublot Makes a Splash With New Big Bang Unico Summer

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Hublot is making a splash with the new turquoise New Big Bang Unico Summer edition available in select Mediterranean retail stores this Summer.
Hublot Big Bang Summer 441 UB 5120 Watch Life
The new Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer edition limited to 200 pieces. Credit: Hublot

Hublot is celebrating the warmer weather with the creation of a new turquoise-colored unisex Big Bang Unico Summer edition.

Made with a 42mm aluminum case, the lightweight Big Bang Summer uses anodized satin-finished and polished aluminum to create a modern colored material that guarantees longevity and protects it from scratches.

The lagoon colored Big Bang Unico Summer on the rubber strap. Credit: Hublot
The lagoon colored Big Bang Unico Summer on the rubber strap. Credit: Hublot

Powered by the UNICO caliber HUB1280 offering a 72-hour power reserve, the new Big Bang Unico Summer features an oscillating seconds clutch, a chronograph friction system with ball-bearing adjustment, and a column wheel that is visible through the dial.

Equipped with Hublot’s patented interchangeable “One Click” attachment system, the Big Bang Unico Summer comes with two turquoise-colored straps: a Velcro strap with matching stitching and matching sports buckle and a natural rubber strap with deployant clasp made with turquoise anodized aluminum with an engraved logo.

Anodized satin-polished case and buckle are hard-wearing and scratch resistant. Credit: Hublot
Anodized satin-polished case and buckle are hard-wearing and scratch resistant. Credit: Hublot

Sharing on the inspiration for the new Big Bang Unico Summer, Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe says, “What I love most when traveling is the amazement of the return, wrote Stendhal. This enchantment of the journey that we bring back with us transforms us a little, for the better… And even if daily life has not really changed on our return, our eyes being open to other horizons is enough to lend it new colour.”

“Right from its beginnings, Hublot has adopted a future-focused approach to watchmaking, sparking trends through the many patents it has filed for its innovations. The Big Bang Unico Summer embodies the beauty of our summer experiences. We wanted to give you another shade for this year, to let you relive these magic moments any time you want.”

Priced at US$20,900, the new unisex Hublot Big Bang Unico Summer is limited to 200 pieces and will be available online at hublot.com and in the Mediterranean boutiques in Capri, Forte dei Marmi, Mykonos, Ibiza, Bodrum, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco.

Hublot Big Bang Summer 441 UB 5120 Front

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