What chance a 50th Anniversary Monaco?

  1. george023

    george023 Feb 6, 2015

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    Hi all,

    I was contemplating a Monaco 40th anniversary version rather than the TH version. Then I thought that maybe TH might make a 50th anniversary edition for 2019. This would also coincide with my 50th birthday and would act as a gift to myself.

    I know we're a few years out, but what does everyone think. Surely if you release a 40th anniversary version you'd release a 50th anniversary version? I'm taking the chance to wait as I reckon TH would be inclined to mark the date.
     
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  2. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Feb 7, 2015

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    George, while I doubt they're planning that far ahead yet, I would have thought that (assuming the Monaco remains in the range), it's a 100% certainty!

    Question is: can you wait that long
     
  3. Hubert

    Hubert Feb 7, 2015

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    I am also counting on this, but I couldn't wait, so I was determined to find myself a new 40th Anniversary no matter what, and luckily I did!
     
  4. george023

    george023 Feb 7, 2015

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    Hmmm. Will be a tough one but I might have no choice but to wait. Given I just bought the titanium 1887, by the time I'm ready with funds for my next, it'll almost be 2017, so I figure what's another two years?

    Hubert, I'm tipping yours is the black one in the share photos section?
     
  5. Hubert

    Hubert Feb 7, 2015

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    Nope; it's the 40th Anniversary. There is a post about it from last year whet I got it. Here it is in case you care to check it out:
    http://forums.calibre11.com/threads/unicorn.19131/

    The black one you are referring to that I posted on the other thread, was the one I was missing from the CAW211 series. Here's a picture showing all four.

    M2_1.jpg
     
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  6. george023

    george023 Feb 7, 2015

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    Yes you're right Hubert. I remember that post now. Thanks for reminding me, good to see it again. Will be hard to hold out another four years but I think it will be worth it. The main thing will be lining up with my 50th at the same time so will be a good nostalgic piece.
     
  7. Hubert

    Hubert Feb 7, 2015

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    Thank you George. This Monaco is probably the most iconic model in the brand's recent 50 year history. Like you and David, I am counting on the 50th Anniversary to be reissued, as it would allow me to wear my 40th, without being overly concerned of causing any damage to this treasured collectible.

    Finally, I was
    especially glad to read that the 50th will become a very special milestone memento to you, if it's reissued in four years. And now that you mentioned this idea, I will apply that same logic to my 40th, so that it can serve the same purpose during my own matching celebration later this year. Cheers!
     
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  8. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Feb 8, 2015

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    Hubert, that looks fantastic- you may have already mentioned this, but is that a watch winder?
     
  9. Hubert

    Hubert Feb 8, 2015

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    Edited Feb 8, 2015
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  10. Devil

    Devil Feb 8, 2015

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  11. drunken monkey

    drunken monkey Feb 8, 2015

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    My question what would be the more significant, celebratory event: Monaco watch or Calibre 11/Chronomatic.

    Of course, a watch could be celebrating both.
    It'd be a fitting year for a new(ish) movement wouldn't it?
     
  12. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Feb 8, 2015

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    I remember a couple of years ago when Helmut Sinn took over Guinand and released 100 watches with NOS Calibre 12 movements, yes, original 1970s Chronomatic Heuer movements.
    Buren-12-012.jpg

    Wouldn't it be cool if TAG Heuer could find another 100 movements in a crate somewhere and fit these to a 50th anniversary Monaco?
     
  13. Hubert

    Hubert Feb 8, 2015

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    That would certainly make it a genuine re-edition; no holds barred.
     
  14. drunken monkey

    drunken monkey Feb 8, 2015

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    The other question would be, now that they have manufacturing capabilities, what's stopping them from producing a small run?
     
  15. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Feb 8, 2015

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    I wonder who owns the rights to the movement? Not sure if it's TAG Heuer. Reckon it would be cheaper to go onto eBay and spend $200k buying 100 broken down Autavias, add the usable parts to the vintage parts bin for re-sale and then refurb the Calibre.
     
  16. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Feb 8, 2015

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  17. Hubert

    Hubert Feb 8, 2015

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  18. george023

    george023 Feb 8, 2015

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    I've been looking at watch winders recently and the best ones to my eye are the TH ones. They're a bit pricey at $1500 AUD for a pair. But they sure look great with red stitching and perforations.

    I believe they're based on the ones below. Plenty of generic options to be had.

    http://www.swisskubik.com
     
  19. Hubert

    Hubert Feb 9, 2015

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    Yes, this is the company that makes them for TH.
     
  20. dtf

    dtf Feb 9, 2015

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    Interesting, why do you say that? I don't know enough to disagree, but the Monaco has always been my least favourite model, I never realised it was particularly signficant.