The Swiss luxury watch brand has announced the signing of Jacob Elordi as a brand ambassador who will represent the TAG Heuer Monaco. The star of HBO’s acclaimed international smash hit Euphoria, 24-year-old Elordi has already established himself as one of the stand-out talents of his generation.
At just 24, Australian Jacob Elordi has done what most actors spend their careers dreaming about: not only landing the lead in a show that looks set to define a generation.
As the face of the TAG Heuer Monaco, Elordi will represent a timepiece that is no less daring – and no less instantly iconic. Like Elordi, the square-cased Monaco re-wrote the rulebook, defied convention, and became timeless precisely because nobody had seen anything like it before.
And while it’s Euphoria
that has sent Elordi’s career into the stratosphere – the boundary-breaking teen-centred show is the second most-watched in HBO’s history, behind only Game of Thrones
– it’s his throwback style away from the camera that really sees him stand apart, favouring a mid-century preppy button-down hip that’s sharp yet understated, curated yet classic, and recalls such greats as Marlon Brando and the “King of Cool”
himself, Steve McQueen, with an old-school confidence that knows less is more.
When Elordi presented at the Academy Awards ceremony earlier this year, it was no surprise to see him choose to wear a TAG Heuer Monaco with a black dial, white sub-dials and black alligator strap. It paired perfectly with his tuxedo. But just as key, it was an Oscars debut in which he wore a timepiece made famous by a silver-screen icon: that of McQueen himself, in 1971 racing film Le Mans. “We are incredibly excited to announce Jacob Elordi as ambassador for the TAG Heuer Monaco. He is the stand-out star of a new generation, an artist who is unafraid to take risks, taking roles that challenge both himself and the audience. He is also someone who comes fully-formed with his own strong sense of timeless style. The TAG Heuer Monaco became the watch for a new generation when it was first launched in 1969 and there is no better standard-bearer for it as it continues to be discovered anew by each generation since,”
says TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault.Jacob Elordi: “I’ve always been drawn to things that are both classic and timeless so partnering with TAG Heuer was perfect for me. I’ve always admired Hollywood’s iconic leading men, so to wear the Monaco – a watch made famous by Steve McQueen – is something special. TAG Heuer has been the epitome of elegance and excellence for over 160 years, and it’s thrilling to be their representative for the next generation.”Euphoria
sees Elordi as a seemingly typical high-school student – but his performance, and the show’s depiction of high-school life, is anything but ordinary. Euphoria
has broken boundaries and has been nominated for both a BAFTA and Golden Globe.
For Elordi, though, it looks set to just be the start. In March this year he starred in Deep Water,
from Fatal Attraction
and Indecent Proposal
director Adrian Lyne. Elordi played a university student who finds himself drawn into the orbit of a toxic couple with a dark secret. He will also star in Emerald Fennell’s film “Saltburn.”
For the rest of us, it’s the opposite: we’re all drawn into Elordi’s orbit now.
Distinctive and rebellious, instantly iconic yet utterly idiosyncratic: there is no better pairing than the chronograph that changed everything and an actor who is playing by his own rules.
Often copied but never equalled, the square-shaped chronograph, created in 1969, is named after the glamourous Formula One race and brought to the big screen by Steve McQueen in his 1971 movie Le Mans.
It symbolizes the brand’s love for speed and its deeply-rooted racing spirit.
Upon its release, the then Heuer Monaco broke with everything everyone assumed a timepiece could be. It wasn’t just the first automatic chronograph with a micro-rotor winding system, but also the first square-faced chronograph with perfect water-resistance. And form followed function: to emphasise that the winding wheel was no longer needed, the crown was moved to the left rather than its usual spot on the right.Jacob Elordi: “The TAG Heuer Monaco was an instant design classic when it launched in 1969 and it only gets better with each new iteration – constantly improved but its iconic looks never altered. There’s no other timepiece that is just as perfect for black-tie galas as it is for high-octane action.”
Stylistically, nothing had ever looked like the TAG Heuer Monaco before: the square case was cut at right-angles, the bevelled crystal was of virtually unscratchable sapphire. It was an avant-garde design equally at home on the red carpet as it is on the race track.
The latest is a Special Edition that specifically celebrates its motor-racing history and the legendary Monaco Grand Prix. Taking its inspiration from the 1970s and the Heuer Monaco Dark Lord, the newest TAG Heuer Monaco is executed in Grade 2 titanium and coated in diamond-like carbon. The result is a deep, rich colour that fully lives up to the TAG Heuer Monaco name itself, reflecting both the unmatched luxury of the Principality, and contrasted with the danger of the legendary Formula 1 race.
It was the race-track after all, in the form of Le Mans, that the TAG Heuer Monaco would truly become iconic. Motor-racing enthusiast McQueen famously performed his own stunts – something else he seemingly shares with Elordi, who learnt motorbike stunt riding for The Kissing Booth
– and was taught to drive in Le Mans by Swiss motor-racing legend Jo Siffert, who wore a Heuer-branded uniform. As such, McQueen wore the same: when it came to selecting which watch his character (racing driver Michael Delaney) would wear, the choice was obvious. A horological silver-screen icon was born.
The TAG Heuer Monaco has been refined over the years but never replaced. Special editions have marked anniversaries as the legend of both the TAG Heuer Monaco and McQueen only grows. For its 40th
anniversary, TAG Heuer put into production the startlingly futuristic TAG Heuer Monaco V4, the world’s first watch with belts, liner mass and ball bearings, while for the 50th
anniversary, TAG Heuer created five limited editions celebrating its avant-garde and timeless design over the decades.
The winding wheel, though, is still placed on the right rather than the left: a reminder, as the likes of McQueen and Elordi know only too well, that true icons never do things by halves.
« Don’t Crack Under Pressure »
Fondée en 1860 par Edouard Heuer dans le Jura suisse, TAG Heuer est une marque de montres de luxe du groupe LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (« LVMH »),
leader mondial du luxe. Basée à La Chaux-de-Fonds, Suisse et disposant de quatre sites de production, TAG Heuer emploie 1 470 collaborateurs et travaille dans 139 pays. Les produits TAG Heuer sont disponibles en ligne sur le site Internet de l’horloger
ainsi que dans 160 boutiques et 3 500 points de vente à travers le monde. L’entreprise est dirigée par Stéphane Bianchi, PDG du pôle horloger du groupe LVMH et PDG de TAG Heuer.
Depuis 160 ans, TAG Heuer fait preuve d’un pur esprit d’avant-garde en matière d’horlogerie et d’un engagement en faveur de l’innovation avec des technologies révolutionnaires telles que le pignon oscillant pour les chronomètres mécaniques en 1887, le Mikrographe en 1916, le premier mouvement de chronographe à remontage automatique – calibre 11 – en 1969, la première montre connectée de luxe en 2015 et la technologie Isograph novatrice en 2019, rendue possible grâce à une collaboration unique avec l’Institut TAG Heuer. Aujourd’hui, la collection de base de la marque comprend trois familles iconiques conçues par Jack Heuer – TAG Heuer Carrera, Monaco et Autavia – et elle est complétée par les collections contemporaines Link, Aquaracer, Formula 1 et Connected.
La devise de TAG Heuer « Don’t Crack Under Pressure »
s’illustre via des partenariats influents et des ambassadeurs qui expriment toute la passion de la marque pour l’action et la performance de pointe.
“Don’t Crack Under Pressure”
TAG Heuer, founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland, is a luxury watch brand that is part of LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton SE (“LVMH”)
, the world’s leading luxury group. Based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and with four production sites, TAG Heuer has 1470 employees and is active in 139 countries. TAG Heuer products are available online on the watchmaker’s website
, select countries and in 160 boutiques and 3,500 points of sale worldwide. The company is headed up by Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer.
For 160 years, TAG Heuer has demonstrated pure avant-garde watchmaking spirit and a commitment to innovation with revolutionary technologies that have included the oscillating pinion for mechanical stopwatches in 1887, the Mikrograph in 1916, the first automatic-winding chronograph movement – Calibre 11 – in 1969, the first luxury smartwatch in 2015, and the ground-breaking Isograph technology in 2019, made possible through a unique collaboration with the TAG Heuer Institute. Today, the brand’s core collection consists of three iconic families designed by Jack Heuer – TAG Heuer Carrera, Monaco and Autavia – and is rounded out with the contemporary Link, Aquaracer, Formula 1 and Connected lines.
Capturing TAG Heuer’s motto, “Don’t Crack Under Pressure”,
are prominent partnerships and brand ambassadors that express the brand’s passion for action and high performance.