The Heuer Monza 40th Anniversary limited edition is one of the most anticipated TAG Heuer releases for some time. This 2016 model is a perfect blend of the past- two parts 1976 Monza and two parts 2000 Monza- two watches that actually had very little in common other than a name. To the point, the 2016 model borrows the dial and hands of the 1976 model and adds those to an enlarged version of the 2000 Monza case. In many ways the combination shouldn’t work, because those are two very different watches, but it does. The 1976 Monza was effectively a sporty, special edition Carrera, and one of the first watches to offer a blackened PVD case. The 2000 version was an update of a 1930’s Heuer mono-pusher chronograph with a look that veered towards the formal rather than the sporty. Yet here we are with a design in perfect harmony and looking every bit a worthy successor to the Monza name.
This TAG Heuer Monza has a 42mm Grade 5 titanium square-yet-round cushion shape case with a “full grain” calfskin leather strap that looks identical to the iconic “Tropic” strap used by the Monza in the 1970 on a folding Clasp. To achieve the blackened look of the case, the Monza has a titanium-carbide coating, a world away from the PVD-applied coating offered on the 1970s Monza, which more often than not was applied to a brass case. The black dial is exactly what you would expect, nicely balanced and beautifully decorated with two chronograph sub-dials. The date display at the 6 o’clock position. The hour markers are a perfect replica of the original “lume strips” on the original Monza and are matched perfectly to the design of the hands. This all is protected by a scratch-resistant ‘slightly domed’ sapphire crystal. The powerhouse to this Monza is the Tag Heuer Calibre 17 automatic chronograph movement with an 42-hour power reserve. Water-resistant at 100 meters.
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date. This TAG Heuer Monaco is mint condition and as good as new. It has been referenced against technical documents and manufacturer records to ensure authenticity and a clean history and comes complete with box and papers and still backed by the balance of the manufacturer’s warranty.