The Monaco series by TAG Heuer is one of those marmite, love it or hate it timepieces. The original design was first introduced in 1969 in honour of the famous Monaco Formula One race, and it became iconic in 1971 when actor Steve McQueen wore it in the film Le Mans, directed by the prominent ’70s director Lee H. Katzin. Years later, Monaco stands tall among the most recognisable watches ever created and is still worn by drivers in the racing world, among them three-time F1 champion Max Verstappen.
In this Watch Spotlight, we’ll look at one of the latest Monaco timepieces by TAG Heuer, the Gulf, and why we adore this tribute design so much.
The Gulf livery is iconic in the world of racing. It most prominently featured in Le Mans with the Gulf-JW Automotive team achieving victory at the famous 24-Hour race in 1968, 1969, and 1975. On this watch, we see a special tribute to the brand and its racing heritage with two racing stripes in their iconic blue and orange colours on the right side of the square dial. The rest of the dial also features these colours, contrasting wonderfully with the sharp blue background of the dial and the steel case.
The strap is a blue leather strap, once again offering a tough look that means business. It features a folding clasp, which is made from polished steel. The diameter of the watch is 39mm, making it suitable for the average male wrist.
Monaco watches are an acquired taste for the general public. However, wearing a watch you love will always present that concern.
Sadly, even the most boring watches will face criticism from peers or acquaintances. Wearing a Monaco is a bold move but certainly demands respect. Monaco wearers are trendsetters who aren’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
In terms of outfits, the timepiece goes well with a Sharkskin suit, mostly in blue colours. They also go great with polo t-shirts in navy, white, or even orange colours. While it doesn’t make for a great daily, it can be an excellent piece for the weekend.
The calibre behind this timepiece is the Calibre Heuer 02, an in-house chronograph movement by TAG Heuer. A power reserve of 80 hours will undoubtedly do the job for casual wearers.
Winning is in this watch’s DNA. Everything about it smells like success, including when it won the Iconic Watch Price in 2022 at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Priced at £6,800.00, it’s the ultimate watch for a person with a love for racing, icons, and timepieces.