Equipped with a fully luminescent dial for better legibility at night, the new Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Night Driver takes inspiration from the midnight blue, charcoal grey and matte black dials of the iconic vintage Monaco chronographs. Built with modern materials, this timepiece is dedicated to those who love to drive in the dark of night.
Limited to 600 pieces, the new Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Night Driver employs its unique “circle in the square” two-piece dial construction to provide instant readings for the driver.
At night, the deep grey “circle” at the center of the dial provides strong contrast with the bright blue Super-LumiNova finish of the hour, minute, and chronograph seconds hands, as well as bright dots that mark the hours. Even the hash-marks that indicate the minutes / seconds glow brightly, allowing the driver to take precise readings. As the day turns to night, the exterior of the dial is transformed from a cool, light grey to a glowing vivid blue, with black-lacquered indexes marking the hours. The chronograph registers are transformed to this same glowing blue, providing vivid contrast with the black markings for minutes and hours, and the hands for the chronograph minutes and hours counters.
By harnessing the capabilities of Super-LumiNova, the timepiece is able to expand its luminosity across a broader surface area, allowing the dial to remain prominently visible in the dark for 3 hours after being fully charged. The Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Night Driver Limited Edition also evokes some legendary Monaco chronographs from TAG Heuer’s heritage portfolio. For example, the midnight blue luminescence of the watch evokes the dial of the very first Monaco chronograph from 1969, worn by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans. The dial of Night Driver also incorporates some details from vintage Monaco chronographs with “charcoal grey” dial with contrasting darker registers. Made of robust yet lightweight Grade 5 titanium, the case, pushers and crown are coated in black DLC (diamond-like carbon) material. The 39mm diameter case features fine-brushed and polished surface finishes, enhancing the versatile look of this chronograph.
This automatic chronograph houses the Calibre Heuer 02, a manufacture movement with a traditional column wheel mechanism and 80 hour power reserve. The sapphire caseback displays the blue printing on the black oscillating mass, as well as the blue column wheel, extending this palette from the dial of the chronograph. The Monaco Chronograph Night Driver Limited Edition incorporates a calfskin strap, with the alternating large and small perforations and bright white stitching along the edge of the strap also evoking Heuer racing chronographs of the 1960s and 70s. Individually engraved, each Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Night Driver comes in a dedicated packaging that evokes the racing heritage of the Tag Heuer Monaco collection in a “nomad” travel pouch.