Hello Monaco!! A watch with a unique design which, in 1971, shared the cinematic limelight with Steve McQueen, who insisted on wearing it during the filming of Le Mans. Ever since it has become one of the most iconic watches in the TAG Heuer collection.
The magnificent 37mm white mother of pearl dial appears in a square shape. The indexes and hands are in steel and set with thirteen 1.30 mm VS diamonds (0.10 ct). Finally, the watch is complemented by a handsome white calfskin leather strap.
Launched simultaneously in Geneva and New York on 3rd March 1969, the Heuer Monaco was the first square, water-resistant automatic chronograph watch in the history of Swiss watchmaking. Named by Jack Heuer after the Monaco Grand Prix (which TAG Heuer continues to partner to this day), the watch broke completely with the traditional watchmaking aesthetic.
This is evidenced by its large square case, with bold right angles, metallic blue dial, domed plastic crystal, and especially its crown positioned to the left, which signified at the time that the watch did not need to be wound. Just as innovative at the time, its technology offered perfect water resistance – a first for a square watch. However, the origins of the revolution lay inside the watch: the famous Chronomatic Calibre 11, which was the first automatic chronograph movement offered for sale in the history of watchmaking. Instantly recognisable and often copied, the “McQueen Monaco” (1133B model) has since become a much coveted watch on the auction and collectors circuit.