Part of the new limited edition McQueen “Le Mans” series, this model brings joy to the eye and takes us back on the thrilling road of the exciting racing circuits.
And even if you are new to the Monaco watch collection, you definitively are familiar with the Le Mans movie or the famous Steve McQueen. And looking at this watch design you find yourself recognizing the color combo of McQueen’s race suit used in the movie, a combination of blue with grey stripes on the dial and powerful red for chronograph hands, an artistic reiteration of the symbols of the race.
The standard 40.5mm Monaco 24 square case displays under the scratch resistant sapphire crystal two blue semi sub-dials positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock that indicate the chronograph minute and the small seconds. At six o’clock is the original date aperture and right above it you will see the Calibre 36 inscription that defines a remarkable automatic calibre with a balance frequency of 36.000 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of around 50 hours.
The high-tech Advanced Dynamic Absorber System developed by Tag Heuer’s team in order to increase the resistance and to protect the movement is visible in the corners of the case, the shock absorbing mounts being blue at this model and are obviously inspired by the race-car technology. And at a closer look you will notice that the entire dial is practically suspended and glued in the four corners by the shock-absorbers. It is so resistant and strong that it should allow it to be in perfect shape even after a 20 meter fall, according to its developers.
It’s never easy to build a new model that can maintain the high standards of its famous predecessor, but this is where the Swiss brand has always succeed to transcend its own limits and to figure out new ways to improve old models in order to come with something new but, in the same time, to preserve the quintessence of the original model. And why should you withdraw some models just because they are old, when you can update them and bring a bit of the old times glory at the wrist of the enthusiasts in an elegant and technical advanced new model.
A big number 24 is used at 12 o’clock to articulate the membership to the Twenty Four series, like a anchor point, a guide line in the middle of a fast race.
At your wrist it will definitively feel strong, but not too large to become an inconvenience. Just the right amount of weight in order to perceive it as a serious timepiece, one that incorporates only the best materials. And the blue leather strap with alligator pattern that comes with 7 mm that can easily be a adjusted is a statement of the perfect harmony between the chromatic of the dial and the one of the strap and a proof of the match between the polished steel case and the leather of the bracelet.
A true sport watch that fulfills all the practical necessities and modern design dreams of a customer that enjoys a little piece of history along with perfect functions in a Tag Heuer branded wristwatch.