Tag Heuer | Gulf

Tag Heuer | Gulf

TGR Staff - 03/07/2018

Today, TAG Heuer is very proud to announce that a global partnership has been signed with Gulf Oil International, which will see the development of new activities and new editions, including the Monaco Gulf which was presented on the occasion of the signing.

With the immediately recognizable famous blue and orange stripes, Gulf has been a well-known player in the automotive industry for over 115 years. Quality, endurance, and passion are the company's watchwords; proven by their history of innovation, invention and continuing
development. It was the first company to drill for oil below the sea, and in 1913, it became the
first in the world to open a petrol station.

Steve McQueen Tag Heuer | Gulf

It shares values with the Swiss watchmaking brand that has automotive sport in its DNA. TAG
Heuer and Gulf have crossed paths several times, but the most notable was in 1971, in the film "Le Mans", when Steve McQueen wore a Heuer Monaco on his wrist while driving a
Porsche 917 that featured the Gulf logo.

Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and Chairman of the Watch Division of LVMH
Group, stated: "It's a real privilege to forge links with Gulf and its history in automotive sport
that includes the Porsche 917K, Steve McQueen, the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, and the Monaco
watch. It's a prestigious and emotional partnership. I know of a few other brands that could share
as many memories of pit stops and which have a relationship as strong and authentic. We
share the same passion and this promises good things for the future!"

Frank Rutten, Vice President International of Gulf, added: "TAG Heuer is an iconic name
for automotive sport and our two brands have many shared highlights, stretching back over
almost half a century. We're delighted with this partnership and look forward to developing it,
representing, as it does, a new direction for the relationship between Gulf Oil International and
TAG Heuer. Timing is of critical importance to many aspects of our business – Gulf has, for
instance, a peerless “on time in the full delivery record” in its marine operation - we share values
of innovation and quality but, in particular, our shared history ensures that this is one of the
most genuine unions in the automotive world."

Tag Heuer | Gulf

The Monaco Gulf 2018 Special Edition

Launched simultaneously in Geneva and New York on 3rd March 1969, the Heuer Monaco
was the first square and water-resistant automatic chronograph in the history of Swiss
watchmaking. The watch was a break with the aesthetic codes of traditional watchmaking. The
large square case with straight angles, the metallic blue dial, the domed Plexiglas crystal and
especially the crown positioned on the left, signifying that the watch was wound automatically.
Just as innovative at the time, its technology offered perfect water resistance - a first for a
square watch.

However, the origins of the revolution lay inside the watch: The famous Calibre 11 that was
the first automatic chronograph movement to be commercialized in the history of watchmaking.
Immediately recognizable and often copied, the "McQueen Monaco" has become a much-coveted watch at auctions and in collections.

As a matter of fact, the watch shared the spotlight with Steve McQueen, who insisted on
wearing it throughout the filming of the film "Le Mans" in 1971 when he drove the famous GulfPorsche 917K.

Of course, the colors of this iconic brand are referenced in the design of the Monaco Calibre
11 Gulf special edition. The 39 mm size, the crown on the left, the legendary petroleum blue
dial with two white counters, the date window at 6 o'clock, the diamond-polished horizontal
hour indices, the inscribed vintage Heuer logo, the caliber 11 automatic chronographs with date
and water-resistance to 100 meters - all the attributes of the Monaco. As a reminder of its
origins and sporting pedigree, a light blue and an orange stripe of Gulf’s renowned racing
colors have been added to the dial. The Gulf logo also appears at 6 o'clock.

Note the steel case in three parts (since 1998), which is secured with four screws, the
rectangular shape of the two push-buttons at 2 and 4 o'clock, the slightly slimmer lugs, the
sapphire crystal (since 2009) and the open case-back, through which the calibre's gears can
be seen. The piece is completed by an exquisite petroleum blue leather strap with orange
topstitching, for an elegant look and another nod to the Gulf logo.

A beautiful interpretation that respects the iconic automotive heritage of the Manufacture based
in La-Chaux-de-Fonds and which will feature in the dreams of all automotive racing purists.