TAG Heuer Monaco Men’s Club Japan Watch

TAG Heuer Monaco Men’s Club Japan Watch

TAG Heuer Monaco Men's Club Japan Watch Watch Releases

It goes without saying that the Monaco is one of TAG Heuer’s most iconic and recognizable watches. Introduced in 1969 as a tribute to the Monaco Grand Prix, the Monaco is also historically important because it was the first square-cased chronograph and also one of the first automatic chronograph watches. Back then, Heuer worked together with Breitling, Buren, Hamilton, and Dubois Depraz, in a race to develop the world’s first automatic chronograph. Over the years, TAG Heuer has introduced limited edition Monaco watches for various occasions and partners, and the newest limited edition Monaco watch is the TAG Heuer Monaco Men’s Club Japan watch.

TAG Heuer Monaco Men's Club Japan Watch Watch Releases

This particular watch was created especially for Men’s Club Japan, which is a long-running men’s magazine in Japan. Men’s Club history stretches all the way back to 1954, which makes it one of the oldest men’s fashion magazines in Japan. To celebrate their longevity, Men’s Club has teamed up with TAG Heuer to create a limited edition Monaco that comes in a unique hue.

TAG Heuer Monaco Men's Club Japan Watch Watch Releases

That unique hue is, according to TAG Heuer’s specifications sheet, opaline green. To me, it looks more like olive green. It comes in a square stainless steel case that measures 39mm wide with the two chronograph pushers on the right side of the steel case and the crown on the left side – just like TAG Heuer's new Monaco Calibre 11. An interesting thing about the Monaco is the boxed sapphire crystal that raises quite steeply from the case and also gives the watch a more vintage look and feel. Water resistance is rated at 100m, which really should be the bare minimum for sports watches.

TAG Heuer Monaco Men's Club Japan Watch Watch Releases

The dial is olive green (I'm sticking with that) with two silver registers at 3 and 9 o’clock. The register at 3 o’clock shows the running seconds, while the register at 9 o’clock is the 30-minute counter for the chronograph. The hands for both registers are in black lacquer. The hour and minute hands are done in a baton style, have red tips, and are filled with luminescent material to aid legibility in the dark. The chronograph seconds hand is rendered with striking red lacquer, which matches the red accents used for the hour markers. At 6 o’clock, you have a well-placed date window. To complement the watch, the Monaco Men’s Club Japan watch comes with a matching perforated olive green calfskin leather strap with bright red lining.

TAG Heuer Monaco Men's Club Japan Watch Watch Releases

The movement within is TAG Heuer’s Calibre 11, the same movement that TAG Heuer uses in other similar Monaco watches. It is a self-winding chronograph movement that offers about 40 hours of power reserve and beats at 4Hz. It uses a base ETA-2892 or Sellita SW300 and then adds on a chronograph module from Dubois-Depraz. The movement is visible through a sapphire display caseback and looks to be fairly well decorated for a watch of its price. You’ll find generous applications of perlage and Côtes de Genève on the bridges and a partially skeletonized rotor.

TAG Heuer Monaco Men's Club Japan Watch Watch Releases

The TAG Heuer Monaco has always been a very striking watch because of its square case and bold design, and this new Monaco Men’s Club Japan watch is perhaps even more attention-grabbing because of its unusual green dial. I would prefer a lusher and richer hue of green, but I’m sure there will be fans of this particular color. This watch is limited to Japan and there will be only 100 pieces made, which could make it more attractive for the right diehard Monaco collector. The TAG Heuer Monaco Men’s Club Japan watch is priced at ¥675,000 or 6,050 CHF. tagheuer.com

What do you think?
  • Thumbs up (21)
  • I want it! (16)
  • Interesting (9)
  • I love it! (6)
  • Classy (2)
  • It needs better anti reflecting glass

  • Chaz

    Ugh…six large for a DD module chrono that is, IMO, one of the most annoying chrono movements available today.

    For that money, they should have put the Cal. 02 (Autavia re-issue) in it.

    Japanese are real suckers for “gentei” watches so it’ll for sure sell out. But then they’ll be immediately available at Jack Road.

    At least it’s not a “limited edition” of 10,000.

  • BRIAN

    This would make a great Apple watch face. Would have made a great collaboration between the two Cos

  • SuperStrapper

    Um, I’m pretty sure Bamford has artistic rights to this Monaco colourway.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Really fugly from every angle. It’s horrendous.

  • Tea Hound

    The design sensibility of the dial feels like a combination of Bremont and A. Lange & Söhne – both excellent brands to be associated with.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Again? Stroke?

      • Tea Hound

        …as Weinstein said to the aspiring actress.

        Just helping Pete Pete out.

        • Pete Pete

          thanks mate!

  • PR

    The color combination doesn’t really work

  • Tea Hound

    Make it end.

  • Dakota Dennison

    They should make a Man Utd Monaco instead of the trash watch they made as the official Man Utd watch since they are paying for the spon

  • wejpasadena

    Kind of like an aging movie star who walks around reminding people of when she was a star…many many years ago. Remember “Sunset Boulevard” when William Holden says “You’re Norma Desmond…you used to be big!” Gloria Swanson says, “I AM big…it’s the pictures that got small.”

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Great line.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    An awful lot of bickering going on over someone elses opinion one feels.

  • Bozzor

    Actually this will sell out pretty quickly: the color is quite appealing to conservative Japanese tastes and the Monaco does have a solid following there.

  • Pete L

    Cool colour. Very limited edition though so doubt will ever see one.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      In this instance, that is a blessing.

  • Not my favorite color combination on a Monaco. Is that color scheme particular to the Japanese magazine?

  • BNABOD

    got to say I am pretty Monacoed out. it is a decent watch, a decent classic but the movement falls short, the price I don’t care if for the Japanese market is just absurd but they shall probably sell out. To me this is another lazy attempt at a few bucks but you can’t keep going like this ad eternum . come up with something somewhat original already I am getting impatient

  • commentator bob

    The Monaco is smart to sit out until it likely gets the Heuer-02, which fits the current Monaco 39 mm case. Probably on or before the 2019 50th anniversary.

    This is one of the watches that got me into watches, but a DD module on a clone movement is super chintzy when the Speedmaster handwind and Zenith El Primero are in the same range grey.

    That said, a cheap module on a cheap movement is true to the original.

  • Yan Fin

    Incredibly ugly rotor.

  • Brian

    Too pointy in the corners of the rectangle.

    • Berndt Norten

      Are squares rectangles?

      • Brian

        Their their. Now you”r talking crazy.

        • Berndt Norten

          good 2 c u r alive and kicking

          come in
          come out of the rain

  • Marius
  • Keihoop

    Excellent looking. Definitely want.

  • Ian john horwood

    I hate modular chronographs, they are completely cheap skate horrible movements. Nuff said.

  • IanE

    Well, they must use a lot of filler around that tiny movement! It would be kinder to have a solid caseback. It’s quite a nice case/dial combo (sans the olive green!), but it really needs a decent movement.

    • proudAmerican702

      +1. The watch should be sold with a free magnifying glass.

  • proudAmerican702

    Is TAG Heuer coming to the realization that “TAG” on the dial is poison for sales?

    • Chaz

      No. Actually they need the “TAG” on the dial or Australians won’t know what they’re wearing.

      The “heritage” like of retro “inspired” Heuers are but a tiny fraction of total sales.

      • Bill Davidson

        ‘Ow do the pushas work cobber ?

  • Gokart Mozart

    I have to say I quite like it. Not sure why I think i just really like that shade of green. Yes I am serious.

  • Gokart Mozart

    When I saw the title of the article and the intro text I thought wow! ?

    Tag have made a Monaco Marius Edition. They know him so well. They just need to tweak the name slightly. It should be called the

    Tag Heuer Far East LadyMans Club in Monaco.

  • paysdoufs

    Choice is good, I guess. However, you really have to admit that, in view of what you get on the caliber side, TAG’s pricing of the Monaco line doesn’t really make any sense…

  • Ulysses31

    A nice watch in nice colours. They phoned it in with the movement decoration though. I think that crystal would be easy to chip by accident.