While 2023 might be dedicated to the 60 years of Carrera, Tag Heuer has by no means abandoned their other collections. The extremely popular Monaco has seen a number of releases in 2023 with the most recent being the limited edition Racing Blue. However, when I look back at the Monaco in 2023 at the end of the year, I’m pretty sure the only watch that will be on my mind is this one: the new Tag Heuer Monaco Night Driver. It is without hesitation the coolest Monaco of the year.
The first thing to talk about is the name of the watch, Night Driver. It’s actually a riff on one of their other collections, the Aquaracer, which featured a popular model called the Night Diver that was revived in 2021. What made the Night Diver special was its full lume dial and so with the Monaco Night Driver, lume features prominently as well.
Specifically, the dial area that surrounds the central circle of the display (the corners of the square) are completely lumed in vibrant blue, as are the square subdials, dot hour markers and hands. It makes for a really striking impression in low light conditions, such as the dark cockpit of a car during the night. It looks like the luminous glow of dashboard instruments when you switch a car’s headlights on.
However, lowkey my favourite part of the watch is the display in regular light conditions. The lumed portions have a pale grey tone which pairs wonderfully with the dark grey anthracite of the central dial and black DLC coating of the 39mm titanium case. It makes for a really nice monochromatic colourway despite the fact that the watch’s party trick is becoming vibrant blue and bringing all the Tron energy you could want. I would almost say that I’d like it more if it just stayed those colours all the time.
Housed inside the titanium case is the Calibre Heuer 02, a column wheel chronograph movement featuring hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph seconds, 12-hour timer, 30-minute timer and date. It has automatic winding courtesy of a skeletonised rotor, visible through the exhibition caseback, and has a pretty stellar 80-hour power reserve.
The Tag Heuer Monaco Night Driver is a limited edition of 600 pieces priced at £8,300. That’s definitely on the pricier side of the Monaco spectrum but it feels like the right ballpark for a special lume dial and DLC coated case. Plus, you could tell me that it’s the same price as the skeletonised editions up at £9k and I’d still think it’s the coolest design of the Monaco this year.
Price & Specs:
- Model: Tag Heuer Monaco Night Driver
- Ref: CBL2181.FC6515
- Case/dial: 39mm diameter 14.7mm thickness, black DLC coated titanium case, anthracite grey opalin dial, blue luminescent outer dial, black gold-plated indexes, black gold-plated hour and minute hands with blue Super-LumiNova®, grey lacquered central hand, anthracite Tag Heuer printed logo, sapphire caseback with “xxx/600” printed
- Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)
- Movement: Tag Heuer calibre Heuer 02, automatic, 33 jewels
- Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: 80h
- Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
- Strap: Black perforated calfskin or black DLC coated titanium bracelet
- Price/availability: £8,300, limited to 600 pieces