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One of Tag Heuer's Best Watches Just Got Better

The storied marque releases three new Monaco models.
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One of Tag Heuer's most famous watches was, actually, out of circulation for around 20 years. You couldn't even buy a brand new one. But ever since the 1998 reintroduction of the Monaco—a watch synonymous with the late (and still reigning) king of all that is cool, Steve McQueen—the square-faced maverick of Le Mans quickly entered horology's hall of fame. Now, with three new releases, its place there has been all but cemented.

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Again, it's a look toward the archives. Rather than offer Tag Heuer's legion fans with a small change here and there, two of the latest Monaco models are mounted on a stainless braceletthe first time the manufacture has done so for almost two decades. It's a less assuming approach; added glint that'll get your Monaco noticed. But, if you'd rather keep to the classic low keyness of McQueen and co, a black sunray-brushed dial on a black alligator leather strap puts the Monaco in spitting distance of dress watch territory.

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The new bracelet however is of particular note for the manufacture. Of this new development, Tag Heuer's heritage director, Catherine Eberlé-Devaux, still roots the decisions in the archives: new, but not a stranger. "Without a good bracelet, the timepiece lacks desirability. And for the new Monaco timepieces, we have alluded to its brilliant past with a familiar design and color while reinforcing that the collection is moving forward with innovative new technology."

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That brings us to what's under the hood. Each watch is powered by an impressive Calibre Heuer 02: a chronograph made in-house: always a marker of heightened craftsmanship and resource, as the brand hasn't had to buy in from elsewhere. Which means there's enough juice to power the watch for at least 80 hours, and it's all visible by an open sapphire crystal caseback.

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Two references—the CBL2113.FC6177 and CBL2113.BA0644—are available this month, with the third (the CBL2111.BA0644) to be launched in January of the new year.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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