Tag Heuer MONACO Calibre 12 LS Automatic Chronograph watch

November 15 | Author: John | Category: Tag Heuer Monaco , Tag Heuer Monaco CALIBRE 12 LS Tag Heuer Monaco CALIBRE 12 LS banner

A Tag Heuer Monaco CALIBRE 12 LS replica watch which takes the iconic design of the Monaco and reinvents it for the 21st Century. Based on the radically new and award-winning design of the Monaco V4, the Monaco Calibre 12 LS Chronograph has an innovative Linear System. The LS shows current second with a horizontal display at 3 o'clock. Add another linear display indicating the date, and the unique design of the chrono counters, and you have an avant-garde chronograph to take into the next millenium.

For many collectors, the TAG Heuer Monaco is all about heritage. It’s about Steve McQueen and that iconic blue square dial that gives off a 1970s motor racing vibe. And since 2003, you have been able to buy a modern TAG Heuer version of McQueen’s Monaco, a replica watch that is very faithful to the 1970s original.

  • Tag Heuer Monaco CALIBRE 12 LS 1
  • Tag Heuer Monaco CALIBRE 12 LS 2

But the Monaco series is more than just a retro-design, because since 2004 TAG Heuer has set about adapting the Monaco shape into something modern…as modern today as the Heuer Monaco 1133B was in 1969. The “new generation” Monaco series comprises the V4, the Twenty-Four and this watch- the TAG Heuer Monaco LS Calibre 12.

Yeah, I know, I can be really fast sometimes… Truth is that I completely forgot about this Tag Heuer replica watch until recently when I got one of my readers asking about it. Then I remembered that I did like this piece and going back to Peter’s pics I decided to get it and make it a part of my reviewing collection because I’m actually planning to give this Monaco LS fake watch as a present to one of my friends for his birthday. I’m sure he’s going to like it because it’s a good quality replica watch and I know he’s into Tag fake watches and specially the Monaco (good thing he didn’t get this one already). The Monaco case is well done and the black plated stainless steel has a good finish. Hands and markers are also well cloned. Date window at 12 o’clock matches the original though the original is white on black. Good Tag logo at 2 o’clock and the 9 ‘clock chrono is also well marked. The rest of the dial elements are marked differently than on the original but you do get a small seconds hand at 6 o’clock. Seconds hand ticks because the engine is Quartz (battery run). Black alligator imitation leather strap is good quality and folds well with the well known standard by now Tag clasp. This Tag Monaco even though it has this unique design out of the whole Tag collection it’s not a very popular piece neither in the luxury watches world nor on the replica watches side. The LS in particular is even less known than most of the other Monacos but it got me intrigued because it has such a different dial. Not so popular models are always harder to find in good quality so make sure you do your research with a good attention to details and patience. Here are some more pics, feel free to give me your thoughts on it.

Performance

Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). Power reserve: about 40 hours.

Display

Hours — minutes — small seconds at 3 o'clock. Date window. Chronograph minutes counter. Central chronograph seconds.

Decoration

Oscillating mass: "Côtes de Genève" engraved "TAG Heuer — Calibre 12 — Swiss Made".