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Baselworld 2015: Tag Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom

by Nick Gould on March 18, 2015

The Monaco case shape is an icon of the Tag Heuer Collection.  For Baselworld 2015, a new version of the V4 Monaco is released with a distinctive new case material.  Introducing the Tag Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom.

The V4 was the first watch to utilize a a belt transmission combined with a linear weight.  The weight moves along a straight rail.  The movement was designed to be reminiscent of a Formula One Engine with its 4 barrels mounted on two adjacent pairs on ball bearings.

For 2015 the watch case is made from CMC (Carbon Matrix Composite) and the 7 bridges of its movement, also in CMC. A specific technique was used to create them in “directed carbon”, which means that the carbon fibres are placed in a certain direction in the mould, then micro-blasted, giving them a regular and particularly elegant “matt black vertical brushed” appearance.

WAW2091.FC6369_MONACO_V4_PHANTOM_PACKSHOT_2015

The new Tag Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom

The entire dial is composed of shades of dark grey and black. For example, the hands are faceted and satin-finished, with a Titanium Carbide Coating and anthracite grey SuperLuminova™.

Only the jewels (a total of 48 in the movement) reveal discreet little touches of red.

WAW2091.FC6369_MONACO_V4_PHANTOM_CASEBACK_2015

The back of movement showing the linear weight that winds the mainspring

Overall, we think this watch has the cool factor, and  it does look very stealthy especially sans the Tag Heuer logo on the case itself.  It would definitely would be a perfect match for Bruce Wayne aka Batman!

Technical details
Reference WAW2091.FC6369
Case Made from CMC (Carbon Matrix Composite)
Dimensions 41 mm X 41 mm
Crown in micro-blasted steel with Titanium Carbide Coating
Movement: 

  • Hours, minutes, small second at 4 o’clock
  • 268 components
  • Dimensions 31.5 X 35 X 9.15 mm
  • Frequency 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/h)
  • Power reserve 42 hours

Dial:

  • 7 bridges made from CMC (Carbon Matrix Composite)
  • Micro-blasted main plate with Titanium Carbide Coating
  • Micro-blasted indices with Titanium Carbide Coating
  • Micro-blasted screws with Titanium Carbide Coating
  • Black micro-belts in viscoplastic polyamide
  • Circular satin-finished wheels with Titanium Carbide Coating

Strap:  Matt black alligator Deployant buckle and safety push-buttons with Titanium Carbide Coating

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