The Tag Heuer Monaco, an indomitable force in the world of fine watch making, was initially styled in 1969 to honour the Monaco Grand prix, the Formula One motor race held each year at the Circuit de Monaco. This watch rewrote history by introducing specifications the world had not imagined yet. It became the first square cased water resistant watch to be designed that held a chronograph. Driven by the celebrated chronomatic calibre 11, it also won accolades for being the initiator of automatic square cased chronograph timepieces.
The Monaco, a star of the Tag Heuer make, presents technical mastery in every facet of its design. The collection stands united in most of its features such as the pair of push buttons placed at the 2 and 4 o’ clock position on the watch case, the minute and hour counters on the dials generally positioned at the 9 and 3 o’ clock hour-markers respectively. Most Monaco watches sport a hand applied date window at 6 o’ clock, safely substituting the hour-marker without disrupting the legibility of the dial. Routinely unique in all aspects, the watch features diamond-tipped hour indexes instead of painted numerals. These watches are characteristically square cased and the crown is typically placed at the 3 o’ clock position on the watch case as opposed to the 9 o’ clock positioning in the original model. All Monaco time pieces boast of robust and powerful in-house movements. The revolutionary new model Monaco V4 contains the world’s first timepiece with a belt driven transmission.
Monaco reached tremendous heights of popularity in the famous 1971 car racing film, Le Mans, where star Steve McQueen wore the then one year old watch on his wrist to increase the accuracy of his race car driver role. Jo Siffert, Formula One driver, being a TAG Heuer spokeperson himself, advised him to do so. Due to this association, one of the watch models the Monaco 1133 is commonly nicknamed ‘McQueen Monaco’. The Monaco, even after two scores, continues to dominate the watch making world with its finesse and class.