Editor’s note: The*TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf 2018 Special Edition could very easily have been an over-the-top affair, but somehow, this big squarer watch with go-faster stripes manages to be much like its most famous wearer: cool.* The story in a second: Two stripes are all it takes to amp up the legacy and motorsports heritage of the Monaco. Iím willing to put the success of the Monaco down to two things: the Steve McQueen link, and the square shape. Iím sure there are numerous other factors, like the Calibre 11, at play. But really, itís the fact that this watch is so distinctive, and was worn by someone so cool that the Monaco has stayed strong throughout the decades. The latest brightly striped Gulf Special Edition takes both these factors to the next level. The dial Typically with in-depth reviews, I start with the case, as it provides the foundational framework of the watch. But today Iím going with the dial, because this watch is all about the dial, and not just because of those stripes. The square Monaco dial is already pretty distinctive, due to its shape and those matching, rounded-off registers. This version takes as a base the…

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