I’m a huge fan of AMC’s Breaking Bad and was enjoying the new episode last night (season 5, episode 4), when an iconic Tag Heuer timepiece made a big appearance. During the episode [spoiler alert], it was the main character Walter White’s birthday (played by Ryan Cranston, winner of 3 consecutive Best Actor Emmy Awards for this role). At the end of the episode, his partner-in-crime Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul) surprises Walt with a gift: A Monaco Chronograph.
A classy gift for Walt’s 51st birthday and considering his line of work and schedule, he’ll be definitely using the chronograph function. After Walt received the watch, he heads home to another confrontation with his wife. In this intense scene, he compares his strained relationship with his wife to his relationship with his partner Jesse, saying that this gift was from someone that recently had a gun pointed at his head. And that if he could change his mind about him, so could she. The episode concludes with a close up of the watch at his bedside with it ominously counting down, as a possible symbol of Walt being called a “ticking timebomb” two episodes ago.
Now onto the classic Monaco Calibre 12 Automatic Chronograph that was featured. Show in its recognisable 39mm square case made of fine-brushed stainless steel, with the signature blue dial and original crown design. The chronograph functions are included in the two square subdials for small seconds and minutes. A small date display is also found at the 6 o’clock. While retaining the original style, the automatic Calibre 12 uses a bigger power reserve of 42 hours.
The bold case is sealed with almost scratch-proof rounded sapphire glass, which is also used on the back to reveal the movement. A matching blue alligator strap is used and it’s water-resistant to 100 meters/330 feet. If you do recognise this watch, it’s most likely from it place on Steve MCQueen’s wrist for his famous 1971 racing film Le Mans.
If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad or Tag Heuer, make sure to check out Mr. White’s Monaco Chronograph at Luxury Bazaar.
For more TV watch sightings, check out Mad Men’s Don Draper wearing a vintage Omega Seamaster Deville.