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The watch: The Tag Heuer Monaco Titan
The single best thing about this watch: Like a Monaco wearing a tuxedo.
The backstory: This weekend, the best drivers in the world gathered for the Monaco Grand Prix. A big weekend for Formula 1 is always a big one for watches, too. That’s because watch brands have deep relationships in the world of racing. By which we mean sponsorships, but also inspiration: the Rolex Daytona was inspired by the race in Florida, while Tag Heuer has its Carrera, which takes its name from the lethal Carrera Panamericana in Mexico. (That race was canceled in 1955 after more than two dozen participating drivers died while trying to conquer the course during its five-year run.)
These watches come from a time when timepieces were equal parts form and function—racing watches were typically equipped with a chronograph, or a stopwatch function, to time laps. And of them all, Tag Heuer’s Monaco, with its sharp lines and boxy shape, might be the most unique. The watch typically comes with a bright blue dial, but to commemorate this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, Tag Heuer cooked something up a little more dramatic. The new Tag Heuer Titan is made out of titanium—a first for the Monaco—and offers up a sleeker silver-and-black dial. This “panda dial” effect has been hugely successful for other race-inspired watches (cough, Daytona, cough).
Spider-Man, Spider-Man, wears whatever watch a spider can: Typically watches roll out in waves: a given piece is announced, clients frantically call boutique managers to get on the waitlist, and months later actual watches start releasing. That wasn’t the case for this special-edition Monaco that was announced just last week, in mid-May—and then immediately found a home on the wrist of Tom Holland in Monaco this weekend. While wearing the classic blue-dial Monaco to Monaco could be dorkishly on the nose—like rocking a shooting sleeve to an NBA game—the silver dial dresses this watch up a notch, making it more like a handsome accessory and less like a piece of gear. Young Holland, it should be noted, has immaculate taste in watches: he owns the chocolate-brown Patek Philippe Aquanaut, a Cartier Santos, and that aforementioned panda-dial Rolex Daytona. Celebrities of the John Mayer caliber are known to move watch markets, and while Holland isn’t there yet he certainly appears to be on the right track. (Pun intended!)
Where and when to buy it: Join the waitlist for the Monaco Titan ($7,900) at the Tag Heuer website now.