The TAG Heuer Monaco collection encourages the avid watch enthusiast to connect with the car racing industry. Integrated with the world’s first automatic chronograph, Steve McQueen sported the very first sightings of the Monaco, strapping it firmly to his wrist in the classic Hollywood 1970 film, “Le Mans” – earning it a legendary status.
The truly exceptional range of watches from TAG Heuer, incorporate a unique square shaped dial with inspirational design cues taken from the speed, adrenaline and professionalism associated with the most daring of racing car drivers. The TAG Heuer Monaco watch was the first ever water resistant square case, which boasted an instantly recognisable design. Powered by an automatic movement, the instruments feature a stopwatch function and a solid stainless steel construction. The majority of the timepieces feature dimension of 39mm x 39mm – closely mimicking the original designs created by Jack Heuer back in the early 1970’s.
Whilst some of the models within the TAG Heuer Monaco range are powered by the Caliber 11 engine, a historically accurate movement with 59 jewel bearings, 28,800 v.p.h and a 40 hour power reserve - others are managed by the stealthy Caliber 12, available in an all-black aesthetic. The latter features an unusually positioned steel crown at 3 o’clock. Each of the models within the Monaco range, available from Berry’s are finished on traditional black leather straps for a comfortable fit. Our favourite hand-picked designs, we feel, best represent the racing industry - demonstrating injections of red colouring across the dial to enhance a sporty feel.
The chronograph function of the TAG Heuer Monaco is a statement in itself. The Caliber 11 models feature two sub-scales at 3 and 9 o’clock, providing a beautiful symmetry across deep blue backdrops. The alluring black Caliber 12 version is more understated with subtle chronograph scales that evoke a strong sophistication throughout the design. TAG Heuer Monaco watches are both bold and functional. The brand use a unique blend of high quality materials to ensure that the timepieces, like all TAG Heuer watches, are prepared for any imaginable challenge ahead.
TAG Heuer choose slender carved central hands coated in a luminescent treatment for optimum legibility , teamed with anti-reflective and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass fronts, to allow the wearer instant access to the time at a quick glance. The modern classics, with square faces do, somehow, demonstrate subtle vintage undertones, which transport the wearer back to the early 1970’s - the era when the first TAG Heuer Monaco was born. The original King of Cool Steve McQueen remains a strong face for the brand, where off-screen, his interest in the racing track was a perfect fit for his role as a dedicated TAG Heuer wearer. Successfully promoting the Monaco, the Hollywood sensation has been linked to the iconic square dial and its profound reliability for racetrack timekeeping ever since.