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First Look: 2011 TAG Heuer Monaco McQueen Editions

As the year starts to wind down, there are still a few new models to come from TAG Heuer, including this pair of McQueen Monaco’s. Just as earlier this year, TAG announced Silver and Orange Monaco twins (one in the classic Monaco case and the other a Monaco 24), this time we have two Blue editions named after the man who has become the face of the TAG Heuer Monaco- Steve McQueen.

These watches are interesting not just because of their designs, but also because they are the first of a new range of watches that you will only be able to buy from TAG Heuer Boutiques.

Steve McQueen and the Heuer Monaco

Unless you’re new  to the Monaco series, you’ll be very familiar with the link to Steve McQueen, who wore the Blue with white sub-dials Heuer 1133B Monaco in the movie Le Mans. Since the watch was brought back in 1997, McQueen has been the face of the series.

Monaco Twenty Four McQueen

The first of the new watches is the Monaco Twenty Four McQueen. The design uses the standard 40.5mm Monaco 24 case, but replaces the Orange “shock absorbers” with Blue. The dial is a combination of the traditional McQueen template of a blue dial, with the stripes used on the Gulf Monaco series that take their inspiration from McQueen’s race suit you see above. The McQueen 24 uses a blue Crocodile strap, with white stitching and a red inner-lining (not visible in this photo). Overall the design looks great, although I would have made the dial even closer to the McQueen colors by using an entirely blue dial and white sub-dials..and dropping the stripes, which admittedly are quite subtle on this watch. I can tell you that the design has changed from an earlier prototype that  I saw this year: the four small Triangular areas near the screws on the dial were silver on that version, but look better here in Blue. A small change, but all these small details make a difference. The Twenty Four McQueen is the third watch in the Monaco 24 series, and the second that we’ve seen this year after the Twenty-Four Racing we showed you a few months back.

  • The watches are very cool! However, the "missing" screw at the movement looks terrible!

  • MOHAMMAD SAMARA

    This clock was made of the most beautiful colors and beautiful brand, carefully preserved in order to satisfy its customers

  • Mario Poblete

    Nice watch! Love to have one of this.

  • Once again Tag Heuer has produced some elegant and technically advanced watches. I like them all, but prefer the Calibre II with the crown on the left side. As one who wears his watch on his right arm, this is appropriate as all other watches I have had were designed for left handed wear.

    Well done Tag Heuer!

  • LostInTime

    So, if I own a Monaco Grey Limited (CAW211B), is this an ETA or a Selitta?

    Is it just the newest models that use the Selitta movements? Which is a superior movement?

  • DC

    Which screw Flavio?

    LIT, not sure which yours has- only way to know is to count the jewels.

    Which is better? Again, a hard one to answer. Some will prefer the ETA, because that is the original movement. The reality is that this movement is ~40 years old, so any mystery about how to build them properly is long gone. Selllita used to finish movements and add complications for ETA, so you'd think that the quality and finish is equal.

    What do others think?

    David

  • Fred Diaz

    Sweet!

    I'm selling all my Rolex's and buying TAG!

  • Drew76

    Both are lovely. Unfortunately, both are out of my budget!

  • Wisconsin Proud

    I prefer the traditional McQueen over the striped version. The new model is too busy and the subdials get lost inthe striping.

    On the 24, TAG should have made the dial all blue and have the half subdials silver to replicate the traditional look with the updated calibre.

    Great report, David. Keep up the excellent reporting!

  • DC

    Thanks WP- yes, I'm with you on the design of the 24. I'm hoping that they are saving the normal McQueen colors for a mainstream model…fingers crossed

    dc

  • dexterp

    Hey Calibre 11 is there a model number already for the Monaco Steve McQueen Calibre 11?

  • DC

    Hi- there is:

    CAW211D

    Cheers

  • MarkP

    The only place to get one of these in the Western US is Las Vegas, correct?

  • DC

    Hi Mark,

    That's my understanding, although I have heard of someone else buying a "Boutique only" edition from a regular AD…maybe TH have taken a different approach in the US given that it's such a large market and there is only a single Boutique.

    Worth calling your AD to double-check before you plan the Vegas road trip.

    David

  • MarkP

    Thanks David! I enjoy reading your site. Mark

  • DrDJRL

    Hi David,

    I'm interested in the Monaco 24 McQueen (blue and white edition), but it's only the orange and grey Monaco 24 that seems to be available (CAL5112) or the pale blue and orange (CAL5110) – in fact, no where else on the internet have I seen the blue and white version other than your website (what is the Ref. number for this edition?)

    You mentioned that they're only available in TAG Heuer Boutiques – where are these in the U.K.?

    Thanks – I'm new to the world of TAG and I'm enjoying navigating around your website!

    Daniel

  • DC

    Hi Daniel,

    The McQueen Twenty-Four is Ref. CAL5111.

    I know that there is a boutique at Westfield in White City…not sure if that is close to you.

    Cheers

    David

  • Chris David

    I have a 2011 bought calibre 12. Think its fab. Also have a Grand Carrera chronometer which is arguably the better watch. Buy love the Steve McQueen and wear it most.

  • DrDJRL

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the info. I'd asked at a local jewellers with an in-store Tag Heuer section (which turns out to be a boutique!), who initially said they didn't have what I wanted. However, today I popped in to have a look at the 24 hour racing (orange and grey) version and sitting proudly next to it was "The McQueen 24".

    Epic Win. It's absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanks again for your help.

    Daniel

  • DC

    Good result- so did you end up buying it?

    dc

  • DrDJRL

    Hi David,

    Yes, I did. When they said they didn't have the 24 in Blue and White, I went in to look at the 24-hour racing in Grey and Orange. But, sitting next to it in the display case was "The McQueen" 24!

    A very pleasant surprise indeed.

    As an aside – I've been soaking in everything on Calibre11 and have followed the links you provide to some really interesting ends.

    Thank you so much for providing everyone with such an interesting and useful site!

    Daniel

  • James

    Hi

    How many of the Monaco 24 McQueen have Tag Heuer made is it a limited run?

    Thanks

    James

  • DC

    Not sure James. Its a "ADIS" watch, which means that it's one that has to be ordered by Dealers. At the start of the year, Dealers around the world order a specific number of "ADIS" watches from TAG Heuer, who then make exactly that number.

    Its not a numbered limited edition, so no way of keeping count unfortunately.

    Regards

    David

  • Marie

    Hi! I bought my husband a black Monaco watch with the green hands from a shop in Italy, it is not numbered as the ones in 2010 Singapore. Do you know where these came from and what year? No one seems to know.

  • DC

    Hi Marie. I have heard about these watches (Black/ Green, but not Singapore GP edition) but not seen one. I don't know the story. Did you buy it from an Authorised Dealer?

    David

  • Marie

    I believe so – has the box and paperwork and certificate which I registered it with. Saw 2 others, one in Spain and one in Germany. I bought it from Cenciarini Gioelleria in Italy – they say it has a two year warranty and came out this year.

  • EcoTrans

    My sweet daughter who owed me a bundle of cash bought me the Calibre 11 and I am delighted. Beaverbrooks in The Highcross shopping centre (U.K.) is the place; ask for Steph.

  • Nice one…although I guess how generous it is depends on the size of the initial debt!

    dc

  • DrDJRL

    Hi DC,

    Probably not the correct 'forum' for this (so, apologies in advance).

    Do you know where is a good place to advertise to sell Tag Heuer watches?

    I need to sell my "Steve McQueen" Monaco 24 Calibre 36.

    I'm a bit adverse to using e-bay, etc., because of the seller fees I'd incur.

    Thanks for your help.

    Daniel

  • DrDJRL

    Hi DC,

    Probably not the correct 'forum' for this (so, apologies in advance).

    Do you know where is a good place to advertise to sell Tag Heuer watches?

    I need to sell my "Steve McQueen" Monaco 24 Calibre 36.

    I'm a bit adverse to using e-bay, etc., because of the seller fees I'd incur.

    Thanks for your help.

    Daniel

  • Hi Daniel,

    Drop me an e-mail (info@calibre11.com) and I'll send you through some options

    dc