- Together with TAG Heuer, the actor and brand ambassador retraced part of the route taken each year by Prince Albert I of Monaco. On leaving the principality, Patrick Dempsey drove to the Var track in Le Luc to take a turn at completing a few laps in some unique cars.
- The actor had previously attended a cocktail party at the Monaco Top Cars Collection, in the special presence of Jack Heuer, Honorary President of TAG Heuer, HSH Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and her children, Pauline and Louis Ducruet and Camille Gottlieb, descendants of Prince Albert I.
- It was also a taster of the fiftieth anniversary of the first victory of a Gulf car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the launch of the Monaco Gulf 50th anniversary edition in the presence of Sanjay Hinduja of Gulf Oil International.
This carefully planned route follows part of the journey taken by Prince Albert I of Monaco each year in the early 20th century. The journey was marked out in pencil by the Prince himself on a map dating from 1904, on display at the Monaco Top Cars Collection and restored by TAG Heuer as part of its partnership with the Collection. Return to a historic saga.
In 1902, Prince Albert I, nicknamed the ‘Explorer Prince’, decided to cross France on his English-made motorcycle, a Humber. After leaving Monaco, he would journey to Paris, and then Deauville, taking a different route each year. One of his journeys took him through Le Luc, among other destinations. From 1904, he decided to record his journeys on a large map of France, called the Prince’s Map.
Today, the Humber motorcycle– since restored by Philippe Renzini, Director of the Monaco Top Cars Collection– and the Prince’s Map are on display at the Collection. TAG Heuer, as the Collection’s Official Watchmaker, decided to restore this legendary map and take to the road like the Prince, from Monaco to the Var track in Le Luc, with Patrick Dempsey and a few special guests.
Once there, the group had the opportunity to drive some truly unique racing cars and complete a few laps in them. A Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a classic Porsche 964, a Porsche Panamera GT3, two Porsche GT3 RS Cup and a replica of the Ford GT40, used by the Gulf Racing team to win their first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, exactly 50 years ago!
To celebrate this anniversary, TAG Heuer has released a special limited edition of the Monaco Gulf, of which just 50 have been produced. The watch, with its famous 39 mm square casing and blue dial, features the iconic Gulf colours : light blue and orange. The back of the watch bears the Gulf’s anniversary emblem and its serial number XX/50.
- TAG Heuer Calibre 11
- Automatic chronograph with date window at 6 o’clock
- Dimensions 39 X 39 mm. Steel, in three parts, closed with 4 screws.
- Blue sunray PVD dial with a light blue stripe and an orange stripe
- Chronograph minute counter at 9 o’clock and current second counter at 3 o’clock
- Rhodium-plated indices with red dot detail and white Super Luminova™
- Sapphire case-back with the Gulf’s special anniversary logo and the piece’s serial number: XX/50
- 100 metres
- Black perforated calfskin with orange stitching and lining. Folding clasp in polished steel with HEUER shield
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