Since its debut in 1969 together with the (then non-TAG) Heuer Frate 1133B, often the Monaco features enjoyed many iterations by re-editions in addition to tribute portions, all the way to belt-driven, tourbillon-equipped such as high tech versions much like the V4 (hands-on here). Anything you are looking at today is the TAG Heuer Fratello Calibre 13 “McQueen” Referrals CAW211P, that is certainly interesting for a number of reasons: a) it’s a fine Monaco within blue, b) it assures to be a suitable re-edition with the original, plus c) the value is in brand with LABEL Heuer’s new (and really very welcome) more reasonably competitive pricing tactic. Fans of TAG Heuer gran carrera or the Padre (or, actually both) will definitely be familiar with the history of this renowned square-shaped stop-watch – one amongst only a few square dialed watches this managed to hook on. A little bit refreshing of your memory absolutely won’t injure, though, consequently let us start by doing except. It was for the 3rd associated with March, 1969, that Heuer launched the content the first block, water-resistant automatic chronograph – but clearly there was another “big first” to remember: the original Point Heuer Monte carlo 1133B was powered by Chronomatic Categoría 11, that is the first automated chronograph mobility ever available for sale in a brief history of horological industry. Those be aware of two important premiers and even breakthroughs deadbeat just one watch - no wonder, in that case, that the main Monaco’s timeless charm was in part fueled by these kind of accomplishments. In what is a amazing example of the way history repeats itself, what exactly played an essential role making the Monaco the around the globe recognized view icon as it is known to us it these days was Heuer’s move to employ a… you actually guessed the item: brand ambassadress. In 1970, Jo Siffert evolved into the first bike racing driver for being sponsored by just a watch model, and it had been with Siffert that the Monte-carlo found it has the way to the exact race monitors - so because of this into the focus. A year later, Bob McQueen (pictured a bit even more above) “insisted on wearing” the Frate during filming for Le Mans four decades ago, which propelled the Fratello from the battle track to help, well, the very race trail, but pictured on the cinema screen. It is absolutely no news of which brand ambassadors and sponsorships were effective marketing applications in the ’70s (and before) - it can be still enjoyment to see, nevertheless, how the fact that applies to wristwatches and watchmaking.