|Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on July 1, 2012 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
MONACO & TAG HEUER:THE WATCHES
The iconic timepieces of modern motorsports
TAG Heuer’s first Grand Prix Ambassador was the Swiss driver Jo Siffert, whose maiden F1 voyage was the Monaco Grand Prix in 1962. The Swiss driver, a close friend of Jack Heuer and the first F1 driver to sign an endorsement deal with a watch brand, was the go-to man for another TAG Heuer icon, the American actor and driver Steve McQueen. When McQueen starred behind the wheel of a Porsche 917K in the 1970 film “Le Mans”, he drove Jo Siffert’s car and wore his complete driving suit, with a red “Chronograph Heuer” crest on his chest and a blue Heuer Monaco chronograph on his wrist. Before the shoot, Jack Heuer had a case of Heuer watches sent to McQueen to choose from. The actor took one look at the unusual square shape and colours of the Monaco — nothing short of radical for the time — and made his choice. Watch and racing fans have been making the same one ever since.
THE 2012 NEW OFFICIAL WATCHES OF THE MONACO GRAND PRIX
The top performers on the Monaco grid
MONACO CALIBRE 12 CHRONOGRAPH – ACM LIMITED EDITION
A limited edition Monaco of 1,200 pieces honouring TAG Heuer’s ongoing partnership with the Automobile Club de Monaco. Founded in1890, ACM is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious motoring clubs and the organizer of the Grand Prix de Monaco F1 and the equally glamorous Rallye de Monte Carlo. This luxury-level tribute watch has silver sub-counters with exquisite scratch-brushed finishing and a black “soft touch” alligator strap with orange stitching. The MONACO and TAG Heuer logo appear at 12 o’clock, balanced by the iconic ACM crest at 6. The orange sub-counter and second hands complete the authentic motor-racing allure.
MONACO HEUER CALIBRE 11 CHRONOGRAPH
A glamorous redesign faithfully based on the watch McQueen chose for “Le Mans” — one of the most sought after pieces on the international vintage market. The first watch with a waterproof square case,the first automatic self-winding chronograph, the blue dialed “McQueen Monaco”completely broke with tradition inside and out. The new Monaco Heuer Calibre 11 Chronograph is perfectly in line with the series’ iconic heritage. Standout features include a dark blue perforated leather strap, a stylish blue dial with vertical white stripes inspired by the stripes on Steve McQueen’s racing suit, red hands, the HEUER logo at 12, and the famous crown at 9 o’clock.
MONACO TWENTY-FOUR CALIBRE 36 CHRONOGRAPH
A super-charged and super-tough reinterpretation of the square-faced Monaco first seen on Steve McQueen’s wrist. The blue dial is a combination of the traditional McQueen template with racing suit whitestripes. The award-winning construction, tubular design and extreme shock-protected components are directly inspired by F1 racecar technology. The manifold arms, visible through the crystal caseback, collect vibrations and direct them away from the movement and into the composite filter, which absorbs and dissipates their energy. This is a chronograph for ultimate precision, with unmatchable Steve McQueen-vintage flair.
CARRERA CALIBRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH MONACO GRAND PRIX LIMITED EDITION
Based on the 1964 Jack Heuer tribute to the grueling Carrera Panamericana Mexico road race of the 50’s, this 3,000 numbered and engraved limited edition CARRERA has Monaco Grand Prix red lettering on the bezel and tachymetre scale, a vintage F1 rubber tyre strap, inspired by a Carrera Panamericana car, red touches on the hands and pusher, a large 43mm case, and a Monaco Grand Prix logo on its scratch-resistant sapphire caseback. It pays Carrera-inspired homage to Monaco — modern motor sports’ most exciting, prestigious, dangerous and glamorous race.
|Posted by Peanut on June 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM||comments (0)|
Here at Beastie Folly we are shifting camp for a few weeks in early July for a European road trip that will start with 3 days of the Classic Le Mans. It occurred to us that while Le Mans is about cars and racing, it is also about dreams, adventures, lifestyle and of course le mans is always à la mode. To this end any Gentleman racer at the event is going to be giving some thought to the watch on his wrist, so while we are there we will have our eyes peeled looking for one or two interesting watches.
Beastie's watch for Le Mans wiill be the Christopher ward DBR1 which commemorates when in 1959 the magnificent DBR1/300 car took first and second places in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. He loves this watch and he will enjoy wearing it at Le Mans. But what might I spot there...
A Richard Mille Tourbillon Le Mans Classic?
A Quartz Tag Heuer Gulf edition?
Or perhaps a BRM Gulf Edition?
You would just have to spot a Tag Heuer Monaco Gulf!
But the one I'd really like to spot is this Richard Mille Le Mans Ltd edition!