TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition is Maximum McQueen
TAG Heuer (and before that, just Heuer) has produced multiple watches over the decades that could legitimately be called icons. One of those would be the Monaco, originally launched in 1969 with a square case…the first Swiss-made chronograph to incorporate that design, in fact. And it was a Heuer Monaco that Steve McQueen wore during the production of his feature length ode to motorsports, Le Mans, the following year. Now TAG Heuer is celebrating that connection with a special edition modern Monaco that makes use of an iconic motorsports sponsorship that featured prominently in the movie.
The TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Special Edition, as this tasty timepiece is titled, remains quite faithful to the design of the original, right down to the crown being located on the left side of the case and period “Heuer” logo on the face. However, it is on the face where you’ll find the most prominent difference from an original Monaco: Two stripes – one sky blue, one orange – running down the right side of the face, a rather obvious homage to the famous paint scheme applied to the Porsche 917K McQueen’s character drove in Le Mans. The homage continues on the dark blue leather strap with orange stitching, and a TAG Heuer Calibre 1 movement provides the power (40 hours worth of reserve, in fact) to keep this $5,900 beauty moving.
Quantities for this U.S.-only watch are limited, so don’t beat around the bush if you want one.
Source: TAG Heuer