"When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting."
Steve Mc Queen’s legacy is timeless. More than an actor, more than a pilot, he became a legend. Like TAG Heuer, he defined himself beyond standards and never cracked under pressure.
As a young child, with a mother who couldn’t care for him, Steve McQueen moved to his uncle’s farm in Missouri. It was there that a shiny red bicycle, given to him by his uncle, awakened a love for speed and a passion for racing that was to drive his imagination for the rest of his life. His childhood from then on was a story out of Dickens, rewritten for...
the Great Depression: drifting from one broken home to another, part of a gang by 12 and living on the street by 14. He joined the circus, was remanded to youth correctional facility, and shipped out with the Marines. Then he discovered acting, and Hollywood discovered him, and for two decades, he owned the box-office, even when he turned his back on it to return to his first love—racing. Motorcycles, first—by the time of his death in 1980 he owned more than 100 vintage bikes—and then cars. He came in second place in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1970, driving a Porsche 908/02 with a cast on his left foot from a motorcycle crash two weeks before. Later that year, he drove another Porsche in the racing film Le Mans, this time wearing a Heuer crest on his racing suit and a square-dial Heuer Monaco on his wrist. The blue-faced watch and the blue-eyed man have been linked ever since. For like TAG Heuer, Steve McQueen is a path-breaker who refused limits, a rebel who always went his own way, and, no matter what, never cracked under pressure.
For more than 150 years, TAG Heuer has faced down every challenge, and then pushed past it. By defying the time-honored conventions of Swiss watchmaking, it has led it to ever higher levels of precision and performance. It makes its own rules, chooses its own path, never quits moving forward, never compromises, never cracks under pressure, just like its ambassadors.