It has been around 50 years since TAG Heuer launched its Monaco watch: the one with the iconic square shape. It wasn’t an immediate hit back then, and was discontinued, only to be relaunched in 2000.
This year, TAG Heuer is celebrating the iconic watch with a limited series of five watches, one for each decade. This also marks the 50th anniversary of the calibre 11, which has a rewinding system with a micro rotor. The 50th anniversary editions also feature the specific blue colour dial, which was a marked departure from the usual black or white ones of those times. The strap is also blue and made from calfskin, with orange stitching.
You may be wondering why this watch is so iconic. And the reason is Steve McQueen, who wore it while driving a Porsche 917 in his movie Le Mans. The blue and orange theme is inspired by him, but the fifth watch in the series is drawn from the best trends from 2009 to 2019.
The anniversary edition is different because of the green dial with Côtes de Genève finishing, the sunray black gold-plated small counters, and the brown and yellow touches on the hands and indexes.
50 years ago, the Monaco was considered ‘avant-garde’. Even today, no one can deny the sleek and stylish look it has. So if you have an extra $6,000 lying around and appreciate this design, do get one for yourself. There are only 169 such watches being made though, so better hurry.