TAG Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen Calibre 11 is a very faithful re-edition of the very first Monaco, sharing the same dial, the same indexes, the same colours. In 1969, the Monaco Calibre 11 chronograph is introduced, but it really took off two years later, when the movie “La Mans” with Steve McQueen hit the big screens. After the movie, everyone called the 1969 Monaco, the McQueen watch. Just to show you how important this watch is for TAG Heuer. Related Replica TAG Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen Calibre 11 Chronograph.
The case is similar to the original model, it is only 1 mm larger, resulting in a 39 x 39 mm watch. With the lugs, the entire length is 47 mm. If you have never tried on a Monaco, don’t be fooled by these numbers. Even at this size, because of the square shape, the Monaco has a good presence on the wrist. It’s not a very thick watch, it has a height of less than 15 mm, but again, because of its shape, I could not fit it under my cuff. OK, this is a sporty, racing piece and not a dress watch, but thanks to its sophisticated finishing and design, it feel at ease even in a more formal situation. The sharp angles of the case are softened by broad arches that support the transition from the square-shaped case to the circle on the watch dial. It is a real pleasure to discover the geometry of the case in different lighting conditions, thanks to the contrast between the polished and satin-brushed surfaces. The crown is at 9 o’clock and the push pieces ar the 2 and 4 o’clock. Actually, the push pieces are updated on the 2015 model, they are rounded rectangular instead of the round, and they are position at the right angle to make the activation of the chronograph comfortable.’
The dial of TAG Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen Calibre 11 is very simple. It sounds like an oxymoron, but I think that its beauty comes from the control of the different parts and elements, the way they are combined. For example, the blue dial is a simple, plain and honest blue dial. There is no decorations, sun-ray effect, or guilloche, yet it is a unique shade of blue that changes its hue under different lighting conditions, making it hard to describe. TAG Heuer calls it petroleum blue. The indexes follow the layout of the model from 69, they are placed horizontally and not in a radial manner like on the Calibre 12 Monaco. The minute track draws a circle, and the 5-minute markers are punctuated with Super Luminova dots and a bright red accent. The silverish, rounded square-shaped subdials sit slightly lower than the blue dial and they are laid out symmetrically at 9 and 3 o’clock. Their functionality is different from the original model, we have a 30 minutes counter at 9 o’clock and a current small second dial at 3 o’clock, instead of the 12-hours and 30-minutes counters on the 1969 Monaco. The minute and hour hands are rhodium plated with red accents and Super Luminova coating. The second hand is bright red with a long counterbalance. 6 o’clock is reserved for the date window, surrounded by a thin white border and a “Swiss Made” inscription on the top. This combo of blue, red, white and silver come together in a beautiful way while making the dial easily legible.
A perforated leather strap, and that is exactly what TAG Heuer is including with this watch. The strap comes with a really nice deployment buckle, featuring the old Heuer logo, adding to the vintage aura of the watch. TAG Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen Calibre 11 is interesting for many reasons. First of all, it brings back the real Monaco look, the real Steve McQueen feel, with this matte dial and those horizontal indexes. It is faithful in many ways to the early edition and will please collectors in a need for this beauty.