A worthy tribute to the mythical Heuer Monaco

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A worthy tribute to the mythical Heuer Monaco

To commemorate the partnership between TAG Heuer y Gulf Oil International globally, the famous Swiss watchmaker launched the Monaco Edition Spéciale Gulf, a watch inspired by the mythical Heuer Monaco that the actor Steve McQueen brought to the big screen with the movie Le Mans of 1971.

Presented simultaneously in Geneva and New York on March 3, 1969, the Heuer Monaco was the first hermetic square automatic chronograph in the history of Swiss watchmaking.

The Heuer Monaco then broke with the aesthetic codes of traditional watchmaking. It stood out for its large square case with right angles, its metallic blue dial, its domed Plexiglas glass and, above all, its crown on the left, which at that time meant that the watch was self-winding. Its technology also offered perfect water resistance, a first for a square watch.

A worthy tribute to the mythical Heuer Monaco

But the most revolutionary thing lay, above all, at the core of the watch: the famous Caliber 11, the first commercialized automatic chronograph movement in the history of watchmaking.

He shared the leading role in the film with McQueen, who insisted on wearing this watch during the filming of the movie Le Mans in 1971, in which he drives the famous Porsche Gulf 917K.

Immediately recognizable and frequently imitated, the "McQueen Monaco" has since become a highly sought-after watch on the auction and collector's items market.

A worthy tribute to the mythical Heuer Monaco

The design of the Monaco Caliber 11 Edition Spéciale Gulf recovers the colors of this iconic brand. The current model brings together all the attributes of the Monaco: the 39 mm size, the crown on the left, the mythical petrol blue dial with the two white counters, the date window at 6 o'clock, the horizontal diamond hour markers. , the vintage Heuer logo inscription, inside the caliber 11 automatic chronograph with date and water resistance to 100 meters. In order not to forget its origin and its sporting legitimacy, a light blue and an orange band have been added to the dial and the Gulf logo.

A gorgeous petrol blue leather strap and orange stitching complete the piece for an elegant look that is also reminiscent of the oil company logo.

An interpretation that respects the iconic automotive heritage of the La Chaux-de-Fonds manufacture and that will make all motor racing purists dream of.

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