Recently, TAG Heuer declared the mark of a worldwide association with GULF, quite possibly the most notorious supporters of the motorsports world – the vast majority of us can undoubtedly review the light blue and orange dashing uniforms. This brought about the making of an exceptional version Monaco Caliber 11 (ref. CAW211R), which was evaluated here – with the famous GULF colors imprinted on its dial. As though that was adequately not, there is another coming soon in stores, the TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 11 Gulf 50th Anniversary CAW211T. Also, in the event that it looks 90% indistinguishable from the other model, you’ll must be quick as we’re discussing an extremely, restricted release here.
Another Monaco/GULF watch notwithstanding the all around existing CAW211R (unique yet non-restricted release) that is found in the current assortment? What for…? Unquestionably, the watch that we’re introducing today isn’t anything uncommon as far as item itself and stays near what TAG would already be able to offer to watch fans. However, with the CAW211T, we’re before a genuine collector’s watch, a watch that has a strong collectable interest, as we’re discussing really restricted creation. The watch will be authoritatively dispatched during the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 (16-17 June 2018) and is intended to praise the 50th anniversary of the primary triumph of a GULF-supported vehicle at Le Mans – the 1968 version was won by group “John Wyer Automotive Engineering” and its pilots Pedro Rodríguez and Lucien Bianchi on a GULF-shaded Ford GT40 Mk.1 (with the notorious light blue body and orange stripe).
So what is this TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 11 Gulf 50th Anniversary CAW211T about? Much the same as the past non-restricted GULF unique version, it is a genuine Monaco, which means a left-gave watch with the crown at 9 o’clock and the chronograph pushers on the correct side of the case. This model depends on the on the 2015 TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 11 “Steve McQueen” ref. CAW211P, which we inspected here . This implies a 39mm x 39mm steel case with cleaned and brushed surfaces, a squarish plan with sharp features and the straight, incorporated drags. Such a straightforward model which is roused by the notable 1969 Monaco Caliber 11 worn by Steve McQueen in the “Le Mans” movie.
As for the dial, this TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 11 Gulf 50th Anniversary CAW211T additionally takes the “McQueen” variant as its base, with the two silver opaline squared sub-counters and the truly important level applied and faceted lists. A round minutes/seconds track actually circles the dial and the time is shown by enormous, facetted cleaned hands with red accents. At last, the GULF tones are effectively obvious with light blue and orange stripes, just as a GULF logo situated at 6 o’clock, over the date window.
Powering this new reference CAW211T is the pervasive type 11, which means a reversed programmed ETA base development (3-hand) with a Dubois-Depraz module on top – to have the crown situated at 9 o’clock. This development, noticeable through the case back, offers 42 hours of force save and beats at a cutting edge 4Hz frequency.
With the entirety of that as a top priority, there are plainly numerous similarities between the CAW211R and this new CAW211T. What are the differences?
- The punctured cowhide tie is presently dark (not blue) with orange coating and orange stitchings
- The blue stripe on the dial is lighter and nearer to the first GULF shading found on the attires of vintage racecars (the blue stripe is more obscure on the CAW211R )
- The case back has a particular GULF printed decal – 50th Anniversary of the primary GULF victory
Clearly, these are minor contrasts. What could then legitimize the presence (and the procurement) of such a watch? Answer: its super restricted creation. TAG Heuer is a huge company that produces around 650,000 to 700,000 watches per year (as indicated by a few sources). Restricted releases are typically delivered in 500 or 1,000 pieces (if not more). In any case, this TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 11 Gulf 50th Anniversary CAW211T will be delivered in 50 pieces (indeed, five-zero) in particular, making it perhaps the most collectable present day TAG Heuer watches. Which implies that you’ll must be quick to get your hands on one of only a handful few models available.
The 50 instances of this TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 11 Gulf 50th Anniversary CAW211T will be separately numbered on the caseback (XX/50) and valued at CHF 6,200. Accessibility: pre-orders are currently opened here (and with just 50 pieces, you’d should be quick). More subtleties on www.tagheuer.com .