Thursday, March 19, 2015

TAG Heuer Monaco V4 Phantom

Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer enhances its prestigious Monaco V4 collection with a stylish stealthy version that is made with black carbon fibre in matte finish.

The V4 Phantom 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. 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 stones in the movement) reveal discreet little touches of red.
Combining a cutting-edge mechanical movement design, technical performance using carbon fibre and horological expertise in the development, production and hand assembly at TAG Heuer in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the Monaco V4 Phantom is a stylish, modern version which is ultra-lightweight and offers extra shock resistance. Its sharp design is particularly unusual for a grand complication watch.
The first Monaco V4 was unveiled eleven years ago, in 2004. The name V4 refers to the V-shaped main plate which carries the four barrels mounted in two adjacent pairs on ball bearings. Angled at +/-13°, they are reminiscent of the cylinders in a Formula 1 engine. With its belt transmission and linear weight, which moves on a straight rail (patented) rather than the usual rotational movement, the Monaco V4 turns the fundamental principles of horological mechanics on their head. Housed in the square case of the Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in the unforgettable film Le Mans, in 1971, the first Monaco V4 was awarded the Red Dot Design Award in Germany, the Watch of the Year prize by Wallpaper magazine and the Best of What’s New prize by Popular Science magazine.

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

Functions
Hours, minutes, small second at 4 o'clock

Movement
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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