The TAG Heuer Monaco joins the cast of “Gran Turismo”

One of the most iconic TAG Heuer timepieces makes its big screen appearance in the “Gran Turismo” movie

This August, gamers and motorsport fans have something in common to celebrate: the “Gran Turismo” movie starring Archie Madekwe, David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Djimon Hounsou, Geri Halliwell and quite a few other big names. And apparently, watch enthusiasts can also look forward to catching a glimpse of the TAG Heuer Monaco in this film.

The paths of TAG Heuer and Hollywood have often intertwined, especially in racing-themed movies. Case in point: the TAG Heuer Monaco appeared on the wrist of Steve McQueen in 1971’s “Le Mans.” Another famous example is how Chris Hemsworth can be seen sporting a Heuer Carrera chronograph in 2013’s “Rush.” And now, in “Gran Turismo,” Orlando Bloom’s character—a motorsport executive based on the real-life Darren Cox—can be seen sporting the iconic TAG Heuer Monaco.

An iconic square-shaped watch design based on the Monaco watches from the early 1970s, the TAG Heuer Monaco has long been associated with the spirit of breaking boundaries and the pursuit of dreams. The latest TAG Heuer Monaco version now comes with a distinctive stainless-steel bracelet and is powered by the Calibre HEUER02 automatic movement. These visual themes—as well as the mechanical qualities of the watch—clearly resonate with the story of “Gran Turismo.”

As the title suggests, “Gran Turismo” is inspired by the popular video game series of the same name, as well as the true story of Jann Mardenborough (played by Archie Madekwe, perhaps best known for his appearance in “Midsommar), a young “Gran Turismo” player who aspires to become an actual pro-driver. In short, the movie promises an inspiring tale of how a team of underdogs defy the odds in one of the most demanding arenas in the world of sports.