Smell the Tarmac: TAG Heuer Monaco PCA Limited Edition automatic chronograph Swiss

The limited-edition 2010 TAG Heuer Monaco PCA chronograph was designed in partnership with the Porsche Club of America (aka PCA). The limited-edition time-measuring accessory may very well become a piece of great interest for those dreaming about classic sports cars and 24 hours endurance racing.

Bearing inside its usual TAG Heuer Calibre 12 automatic chronograph movement, the new limited edition sports a decoration scheme that is close to another Le Mans-inspired limited-edition model — the 2010 CAW2113.FC6250 Monaco Gulf chronograph. Which is not such a bad thing, for that matters.

TAG Heuer Monaco PCA chronograph

Similarly to the latter, the TAG Heuer Monaco PCA Limited Edition features a red rally stripe running from top to bottom of its square dark-grey dial. The stripe unevenly divides the dial into two parts with its left edge going right through the center of gravity. Surprisingly, the thick red line doesn’t make the dial look any more unbalanced since the stripe is successfully counterweighted with the 30-minute chronograph totalizer at 9 o’clock. As you can see, some of its indices and the small minute hand is also red.

There is also a “55” racing-style number (the PCA edition is limited to only 55 examples, hence the choice of the numeral) just above the small date window at 6 o’clock.

The chosen red-white-black color scheme looks way more elegant and classy than the blue-grey-orange combination of the Monaco Gulf version. Making a footnote, I do know that the Monaco Gulf’s color scheme is an almost perfect adaptation of that of the glorious 1969 Porsche 917k Gulf race car immortalized in Lee H. Katzin’s Le Mans drama.

TAG Heuer Monaco PCA (side view)

The Monaco PCA Limited Edition has its transparent display glass engraved with the red PCA logo. The engraving greatly obstructs the view of the Calibre 12 movement. However, it is not a great loss, since the automatic caliber doesn’t feature any particularly interesting piece of decoration or a technical wonder like, say, a tourbillon or at least a power reserve indicator.

Packed in a 39 mm square stainless steel case, the PCA Edition neatly combines polished and satin-finished parts. The case is big enough to make a statement but is still compact enough to wear comfortably just about with any kind of dress – from jeans and a polo shirt to a more formal suit.

The Porsche Club of America plans to sell the Monaco PCA Limited Edition at a sky-high price of fifty-five hundred bucks. Very symbolic. Also, defiantly expensive given the relatively cheap movement that powers it.

See also: TAG Heuer Silverstone Chronograph: revisited and refreshed

TAG Heuer Monaco PCA Limited Edition (front and rear views)

TAG Heuer Monaco PCA Limited Edition (transparent caseback with PCA's red logo)

TAG Heuer Monaco PCA Limited Edition (winding crown)

On the photo below: the TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf chronograph (ref. CAW2113.FC6250)
TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf chronograph (ref. CAW2113.FC6250)

Photos: TAG Heuer, PCA

TAG Heuer Monaco PCA Limited Edition specification

Price: $5500
Movement: Calibre 12, automatic, 28,800 vph, ETA-based with the Dubois Depraz 2008 add-on module, Swiss Made
Complications: Date, chronograph
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Shape: Square
Transparent back: Yes, sapphire crystal
Size: 39.00 mm
Dial: Black, red stripe
Hands: Steel
Strap: Black leather strap with red stitching
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-coated
Water resistance: 100 meters

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