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The 2024 TAG Heuer Monaco Skeleton Chronograph

The 2024 TAG Heuer Monaco Skeleton Chronograph

Commemorating the crown jewel of Formula One destinations, TAG Heuer’s 2024 Monaco Skeleton Chronograph continues last year’s avant-garde innovation and design.

Yesterday’s Formula One Monaco Grand Prix did not see the one-two finish that TAG Heuer was hoping for — Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crossed the finish line of his home race before TAG Heuer-sponsored Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez — but the manufacture still had some reason to celebrate. With the release of the 2024 iteration of TAG Heuer Monaco Skeleton Chronograph, the timepiece marks the continued evolution of the manufacture’s design and technology, especially in the luxury sports watch sector.

TAG Heuer has enjoyed a storied history with motorsport, especially in Formula One — the Carrera and Monaco collections form a cornerstone of this legacy. Focusing on the latter, last year’s introduction of the Monaco Skeleton saw the manufacture adopt a more experimental approach to the iconic collection, introducing new cutting-edge case materials and designs. This year’s iteration builds on the avant-garde innovation that its 2023 predecessors introduced, while sporting a new look. The timepiece is housed in the same DLC-coated titanium case as last year’s ‘Turquoise’ model, and also — as its name suggests — sports the same openworked skeleton dial as well. Additionally, the timepiece shares the same ticking heart as its 2023 forebears: the in-house Calibre HEUER 02.

Similarities aside, the main distinguishing factor on this year’s release comes in the form of colour. The dial base is finished in a dark navy blue-black tone, topped off with an opaline blue module on top of it, comprising the minute track and subdials. With sports watches, legibility is key — to that end, the carved indexes are a contrasting white and come with Super-LumiNova, while the subdial hands and chronograph hand are finished in bright yellow, ensuring optimum readability in both light and dark conditions.

While purists will always prefer the traditional blue-and-red accented ‘Steve McQueen’ Monaco, the Skeleton Chronograph nevertheless is a more contemporary reflection of the nature of the Monaco Grand Prix it is named after: a glamorous and stylish platform for a showcase of avant-garde engineering and design.

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