Birthdays on “Breaking Bad” are very important. On his 50th birthday, Walter White discovers he has lung cancer. Then on his 52nd birthday, he’s on the run with his go-bag. In between, he turns 51 and the only gift he receives with any meaning is a Tag Heuer Monaco, as identified by our director of watches and jewelry.
The show has featured the second hand ticking more than once – yes, we get it, time is literally running out for Walt. He’s not the first famous character to be associated with this classic timepiece…
The first was Steve McQueen. He wore the watch in the 1970 film “Le Mans” and he became the brand’s ambassador. In the movie, he plays a racecar driver who is competing in the famous 24-hour French race. A quote: “A lot of people go through life doing things badly. Racing’s important to men who do it well. When you’re racing, it… it’s life. Anything that happens before or after… is just waiting.”
We’re pretty sure that tying these characters isn’t a coincidence. We’d like to ask the show’s creator Vince Gilligan and costume designer Jennifer Bryan to be sure.