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This year, Tag Heuer released two reissue watches with histories that date back to the Swinging Sixties. One was the first of its kind in Swiss watchmaking, while the other was the top choice of racing drivers in the ’60s. And both are as covetable today as their predecessors were 50 years before.

 

Monaco Lady Kingsman Special Edition

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Introduced in 1969, the Monaco first made history as the first square, water-resistant automatic chronograph watch in the history of Swiss watchmaking. Two years later, it made reel history when the late American actor Steve McQueen wore the blue-faced watch in the film, Le Mans, and catapulted it to cult status among watch collectors.

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After almost five decades, the Monaco is back on the silver screen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, worn by Halle Berry’s character Agent Ginger Ale. In this redesigned Kingsman special edition, the iconic square dial is now a compact 37mm (compared with 39mm on the men’s version); and its dark chocolate brown colour, paired with a matte brown calfskin leather strap, has replaced the original blue. $3,200.

 

Autavia

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In 1933, the brand designed the first dash counter for racing cars and aircraft. It was called the Autavia chronograph. Three decades later, in 1962, Jack Heuer, the fourth-generation head, created his first sports chronograph watch - also called Autavia - which had an innovative rotating bezel.

 

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This 2017 reissue is for his 85th birthday and limited to 1,932 pieces (1932 is Jack’s birth year). It features a larger, 42mm case (the original is 39mm), a 12-hour graduated bezel, and a new Heuer-02 calibre proprietary chronograph. $8,100.

 

This story was first published in the December 2017 issue of Her World magazine.

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