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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 in stainless steel with a blue baton sunburst dial

The Spanish actor and producer Antonio Banderas is wearing a wears a 39mm TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 in stainless steel with a blue baton sunburst dial, featuring red detailing and a leather strap.

Monaco was actually discontinued in the mid-1970s but reissued with a new design in 1998 and reintroduced with entirely new mechanisms in 2003 in response to late legendary actors Steve McQueen’s increasing popularity.

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In 2019, TAG Heuer Monaco marked its 50th anniversary. Before Steve McQueen enthusiasts embraced him for good, this contemporary watchmaking hero started his career in half-tone. This highly desirable watch, which has been boldly reinvented in innumerable incarnations, underwent a complete technical renovation during the year. Some changes included caliber 12 being phased out in favor of the Heuer 02 caliber developed in-house!

Above all, Monaco is a cutting-edge design. It was, in fact, the very first square monobloc casing to be completely waterproof. The Piquerez firm built this square water-resistant case; waterproofness is provided by an inventive pressure mechanism created by four slots fastened on the back of the case. Monaco was also the first timepiece to include a micro-rotor automated Chrono movement, the Chronomatic caliber 11. Despite having all the ingredients for success, this new watch, with its striking design, did not fulfill the predicted achievement.

When it was featured in the movie Le Mans in 1971, it all changed. This promotional triumph was not the outcome of some kind of product placement but pure luck, with some assistance from Jack Heuer. Stunt driver Jo Siffert, whom he supported, assisted Steve McQueen in blending in with his role. To stay as true to the part as possible, Steve McQueen dressed in the very same suit and timepiece as Jo Siffert, complete with a sewn-on Heuer insignia. The TAG Heuer Monaco was catapulted to the skies by the star’s halo.

TAG Heuer Monaco received Calibre 12 in 2009 to commemorate its 40th anniversary. TAG Heuer debuted the in-house Heuer Calibre 02 in the famous casing to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This TAG Heuer-developed and-produced mechanical Chrono movement has 168 elements, along with a column wheel as well as the vertical clutch. This illustrates, among many other factors, the company’s new pricing strategy. The new caliber is accurate and dependable, beating at a speed of 4 Hz and with an 80-hour power reserve. This is enough to keep the legend alive again for the next decade.

The TAG Heuer Monaco has a stainless-steel case with a brilliant blue PVD sunray dial and a black alligator leather strap featuring black threading. At 3 and 9 o’clock, the dial has been redesigned with silver opaline markers, 8 tri-faceted indicators, and a permanent new seconds display just above the date at 6 o’clock. The watch’s sporty appearance is enhanced by red accents located on the middle seconds’ indicator and Chrono counting hands.

Overall, the TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph is one of the most well-known models from the Swiss watchmaker. This line was introduced by TAG Heuer several years ago and has been a huge success ever since.

Price market: $5,200.00 USD
Reference: CBL2111.FC6453

Photo: TAG Heuer / Getty Images

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