This chronograph is square in shape, with the crown placed to the left, breaking with the codes of the time. Special edition Gulf, automatic movement ( 5 250 €), launched this year, reminiscent of the colors of the Porsche driven by the actor in the film.

Among other qualities, Patrick Dempsey is a europhile. He plays in a series produced by Jean-Jacques Annaud, from the best-selling of the Swiss Joel Dicker, The Truth about the case of Harry Quebert, broadcast on TF1. For over ten years, he has also participated regularly in the 24 Hours of le Mans. “Motor racing is the most mythical in the world,” he says, as well at the wheel of a car than as a director of team. He went so often at Porsche, in Germany. The star a california trip sometimes also in Switzerland, at La Chaux-de-Fonds, at Tag Heuer, of which he is the ambassador since 2014. “I spend more and more time in Europe, and I dream even getting a part of the year,” he acknowledges.

Steve McQueen, 1971, in the film le Mans, climbed to the top of the poster the watch Monaco, born two years earlier.

By connoisseur of car competitions, when the watchmaker LVMH has contacted five years ago, Patrick Dempsey knew very well the historical ties of the house with this sector and its expertise in the timing. But it is above all, he says, the figure of Jack Heuer – the great-grandson of the founder – who has seduced him. The actor “loves” this car enthusiast, former racer himself, who presided over the destiny of the brand from the 1960s to the 1980s, and officiating again today as a tutelary figure.Tag Heuer owes him several best-sellers: the Carrera (1963), the Monaco (1969) from the Autavia (1962), all of which have been developed for race drivers and often called, in the blink of an eye, the name of a legendary track. “Jack Heuer has a thousand things to tell. It has accompanied me during my first visit to the museum and the factory, it was a real trip,” recalls the star.

Patrick Dempsey, in turn, is part of this story. Like Steve McQueen in the film le Mans, it bears a coat of arms Tag Heuer on his race suit and the famous square watch Monaco on the wrist. In this film of 1971 – which certainly has not marked the history of the seventh art, but “captures the atmosphere of the race”, says Patrick Dempsey -, McQueen drives a Ford GT40 in the colors of Gulf blue and orange. Tag Heuer sign this year a special edition tribute to the oil company, the american who opened the first gas pump in 1913. This Monaco Gulf with its two bands of color has already been adopted by Patrick Dempsey.

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