Since it launched its first Monaco model in 1969, Tag Heuer has created numerous variations of this tribute watch, from belt-driven movements to high end tourbillon versions. One of the most attractive ones is the Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 “McQueen” that is one of the most accurate representations of the original Monaco, has an interesting blue dial and a fairly competitive price.
The first automatic chronograph movement ever available for sale was the Chronomatic Calibre 11 which powered the initial Heuer Monaco watch in 1969. This great accomplishment is what triggered the timepiece’s success and defined Tag Heuer as an important presence within the watchmaking industry. Another great moment in its history was when Steve McQueen decided to wear this watch in his 1971 “Le Mans” movie.
The latest reinterpretation of the classic Monaco model comes with the same charming squared case, has a blue and red dial, the winding crown on the left, two buttons on the right, red-filled hour and minute hands, red five-minutes markers and horizontal indices. The watch also has a white squared date window at 6 o’clock and two silver circular counters at 3 and 9 o’clock.
The 39 mm finely brushed and polished stainless steel case is water resistant to 100 meters and has a nicely brushed bezel. The sporty and bold look of the watch is topped by an elegant black perforated calfskin strap with a steel folding clasp with safety push-button and TAG Heuer logo.
The Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 McQueen comes with a 59 rubies Tag Heuer Swiss made automatic Calibre 11 movement. This high grade self-winding mechanism with a rapid time correction feature has a 40 hours power reserve. Its highlights are the date function located at 6 o’clock, the minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock and the running second counter at 3 o’clock.
This prestigious timepiece is a terrific representation of the classic racing watch, a professional instrument that gracefully combines an utterly attractive design with outstanding performances.