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Tag Heuer Reveal Rattrapante Monaco Split-Seconds Skeleton for Only Watch 2023

TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Only Watch 2023

The Only Watch charity auction is an opportunity for watchmakers to dial things up to 11 and experiment with extravagant designs, materials and technology that typically fall outside of their usual remit. For Tag Heuer what that means is taking the concept of the recently launched Monaco Chronograph Skeleton and taking it to the next level by creating a piece unique version featuring their first ever rattrapante movement. The result is the Tag Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Skeleton.

Structurally, the watch has a 41mm case made from titanium with a new finish that gives the flat surfaces a quasi-facetted appearance. However, the most notable thing about the case are the sapphire crystals on the front and back which Tag have made, to put it simply, as large as possible. The absence of any form of traditional bezel makes them feel like broad windows through which to view the dial and inner workings.

TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Only Watch 2023
TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Only Watch 2023

The dial itself consists of brushed surfaces behind which you can just about get glimpses of the movement below. It has a strong palette of gunmetal grey and vibrant red, two colours that work nicely together. Under each of the square subdials are the words Rattrapante and Only Watch, denoting what’s special about the watch. The rattrapante function itself, also known as a split-seconds chronograph (Tag Heuer are using both terms when talking about this watch), is located in the centre of the dial via the twin chronograph hands in white and red.

TAG Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds Only Watch 2023

Split-seconds chronographs are one of the most prestigious stopwatch complications and consist of two chronograph hands that move around the dial together. You are then able to stop one of the hands while the other continues, allowing you to record intervals within a longer time period, such as laps in a race. This is the first time Tag have produced this complication, which means it’s a new movement. Specifically, it’s the Calibre TH81-00, crafted from titanium with a 65-hour power reserve.

I like the bold, technical appearance of the piece, it feels fresh and experimental, which to some extent it is. If Tag Heuer decide to add a split seconds model to the standard collection, I think there would be a lot of collectors falling over themselves. Especially if it was combined with a closed dial Gulf colourway, which is to my mind the quintessential Monaco. This piece unique has an estimate of CHF 150,000 – 300,000.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Tag Heuer Monaco Split-Seconds for Only Watch
  • Ref: CBW2180.EB0318
  • Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 15.2mm thickness, texturised titanium case, skeletonised sapphire dial
  • Movement: Tag Heuer calibre TH81-00, automatic
  • Power reserve: 65h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, 12-hour timer, 30-minute timer, split-seconds chronograph
  • Strap: Calfskin with contrasting red stitching
  • Price/availability: Estimated CHF 150,000 – 300,000

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.