Good news for fans of the retro look – the Monaco is back. Good news for racing fans, too, with a design that’s just as dynamic and full of automotive references as the original version from 1976. It’s also remarkable, since TAG Heuer monaco steve mcqueen replica watch has experimented over the last 15 years with a more elegant version with no black coating and colorless dial elements.
A glance at the new Monza Calibre 17 might call to mind the familiar roar of Formula 1 engines. After all, the watch was first introduced to celebrate Ferrari’s World Championship title in 1975. On Sept. 7 of that year, Niki Lauda won third place in the Italian Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack and secured the title in a Ferrari sporting the Heuer logo. Scuderia Ferrari also won the Constructors’ Prize – a long-sought double victory after an 11-year dry stretch.
Calibre 15 had a small seconds subdial set at 10 o’clock that gave the original Monza a strikingly asymmetrical look. TAG Heuer omitted this daring design element for its newest version, due in part to its use of the ETA 2894, known at TAG Heuer monaco 24 replica as Calibre 17. This standard movement reverses the position of the small seconds and minutes counter and relocates the crown to the right side of the case.
All in all, these changes benefit the new Monza, giving it a sporty and relaxed look that is not quite so idiosyncratic as the original. Whatever it may lose in coolness, it gains with the polished and matte finishes of the cushion-shaped case. Titanium contributes to its excellent wearing comfort and the titanium carbide coating makes it highly resistant to scratches.
The ETA 2894 is a modular chronograph based on the three-hand caliber ETA 2892, so the crown sits lower on the case than the chronograph pushers. Although the pushers are generously sized, their pressure point is not perfect. The start-stop pusher on our test watch had a notably delayed reaction when timing events. The stop and reset worked better but the pusher function was stiff. This is due at least in part to the cam control of the chronograph that replaces the historical, higher-quality column-wheel control in more economical chronograph movements.
The rate results of the test watch are generally acceptable. However, the timing machine recorded an outlier in the “dial down” position, which negatively affected the average outcome on our stringent rate test. On the positive side was the low daily gain of 2.5 seconds per day without the chronograph on and 4.5 seconds per day while running. The wearing test on the wrist showed deviations ranging between 0 and +6 seconds per day.
Manufacturer: TAG Heuer SA, Rue L.-J. Chevrolet 6a, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Reference number: CR2080.FC6375
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute counter, date
Movement: ETA 2894 “Elaboré,” automatic, 28,800 vph, 37 jewels, hack mechanism, quick date adjustment, fine regulator, Incabloc shock absorber, power reserve = 42 hours, diameter= 28 mm, height = 6.1 mm
Case: Titanium-carbide-coated titanium, curved sapphire crystal on both sides, titanium-carbide-coated titanium screwed caseback with four screws, water resistant to 100 m
Strap and clasp: Calfskin strap with PVD- coated titanium safety folding clasp
Rate results (deviations in seconds per 24 hours, with chronograph switched off/on)
Dial up +2 / -1
Dial down +11 / +7
Crown up +1 / 0
Crown down +6 / +4
Crown left +6 / +6
Crown right +1 / -1
Greatest deviation of rate 10 / 8
Average deviation +4.5 / +2.5
Flat positions 310° / 291°
Hanging positions 282° / 259°
Dimensions: Diameter = 42 mm, height = 13.5 mm, weight = 96 grams
Strap and clasp (max. 10 points): The supple calfskin strap is easy to adjust thanks to the safety folding clasp with its clasp mechanism. 9
Operation (5): Only weakness: stiff operation of the pushers 4
Case (10): Excellent execution of the titanium case. Scratch resistant thanks to PVD coating; water resistant to 100 m 9
Design (15): TAG Heuer has improved upon the original watch design from the 1970s. One weakness has remained, however: no color distinction in the hands for the timekeeping and chronograph functions. 14
Legibility (5): The basic orientation on the dial is good both day and night, but the abundant line markings on the minutes track are distracting. 4
Wearing comfort (10):The lightweight case, supple strap and functional clasp sit snugly and comfortably on the wrist. 10
Movement (20): Highly developed mass-produced chronograph movement in basic quality “Elaboré” with attractive decorative finishes 12
Rate results (10): One outlier in the “dial down” position makes the maximum positional deviation rather high. 6
Overall value (15): Its value is adequate, but not as good as other chronographs with in-house movements. 12
TOTAL: 80 POINTS