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While the high price of a vintage Monaco gave us pause before recommending such a bold watch, any concern is alleviated with the modern TAG Heuer Monaco. It remains faithful to the original Monaco – famous for all kinds of things, from being worn on Steve McQueen’s wrist in the movie Le Mans, to housing the world’s first mass-produced automatic chronograph movement (the caliber 11) – but it ditches some of those vintage inconveniences for modern practicality. Most notably, the modern Monaco (ref. CAW2111) moves the crown from the left-hand side to the right-hand side for a more conventional configuration.