Vintage Reigns in 2011 , TAG Heuer Watches Announces the Monza Chronograph Calibre 36 Re-edition

Published: 13th May 2011
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Limited to 1911 numbered pieces, Tag Heuer watches announced the Monza Calibre 36 Re-Edition automatic chronograph at Basel 2011. The reason for the name is that in 1911 the brand released the Time of Trip 12 hour Dashboard Chronograph that was specifically designed for airplanes and cars. This made it easier to measure time in the air or while driving and was very popular among aviators and car enthusiasts. This latest timepiece looks almost exactly like the original Heuer Monza chronograph that was introduced in 1933.

The re-edition is powered by Caliber 36 automatic movement and next to the Mikrograph is the fastest watch movement around. It features a standard pair of chrono pushers located at 2 and 4 o'clock. The crown is smaller than the original and is done is a polished vintage look. The dial has over-sized Arabic numerals with "old rhodium" luminescence coating on them and on the hand markers. Chemin de fer indexes are used in the counters. Protecting the white dial is a curved, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. MONZA lettering is at 12 o'clock. Blue hour, minute, second and indicator hands contrast beautifully against the white dial.

The case back is done in exhibition styling to allow viewing of the movement and is protected with a sapphire crystal. It is screwed down keeping everything water tight. There is an inscription of each individual number/1911 showing it is a numbered limited edition in the collection.

The two sub-dials measure small seconds at the 9 o'clock position and chronograph minute sub-counters at 3 o'clock. The dial has black minuterie with 05 to 60 minute indication and the date window can be found at 4:30.

The case and bezel are made from stainless steel and have a combination of fine-brushed and polished finishes. The shape of the case is a cushion design and is 38mm in diameter giving it a smaller profile than most chronographs on the market. It is water-resistant to 100 meters and is finished with a brown leather strap with the Heuer logo on the inner side. The strap is secured with a folding buckle with safety push buttons and the Heuer logo. It is a very appealing vintage watch.

Formula One racing comes into the story of the original design of the watch when in 1975 Niki Lauda won the world championship for Ferrari. Heuer was official timekeeper and to honor this win, Jack Heuer reworked an existing 1930's model into a special limited edition series he called the Monza. This re-edition is part of the vintage-inspired Classic Heuer Collection; the Monza remains a favorite among collectors.

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