TAG Heuer Replica Monza Calibre 17 US

In 1976, TAG Heuer introduced its Monza model, named for the world-famous Italian Formula 1 racetrack. Forty years later, the Monza Calibre 17 recalls the glory days of racing while offering a great deal more than retro design. Read on for an in-depth review from the bolg archives, with original photos by OK-Photography.
Good news for fans of the retro look – the Monza 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 Replica cheap 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.


The new Monza combines the best features of two historical models – its dial design can be traced back to the original Monza from the year 1976 and its case to a Heuer chronograph from 1933. The cushion-shaped case is a style holdover from the earliest days of the watch. The Monza from the 1970s had an oval case shape that was typical for that time and was available in chrome-plated or black-coated brass. That watch contained Calibre 15, which necessarily placed the crown on the left-hand side. TAG Heuer Calibre 15 Replica was the successor model of the Calibre 11 developed in 1969 by Heuer-Leonidas in collaboration with Breitling, Hamilton-Büren and Dubois Dépraz – one of the world’s first automatic chronographs.
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 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 best luxury replica watches 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.
All in all, the TAG Heuer Monza Calibre 17 is more stylish than the original model from the 1970s (combination cushion-shaped case), of higher quality (titanium with PVD coating) and therefore, more attractive (perfectly in line with current retro trends). What was good in 1976 – it’s even better today.

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TAG Heuer Replica Autavia Heuer-02

Of all the marketing campaigns brands use to attract attention to their watches, one of the more interesting came last year, as TAG Heuer Replica Watches US let its fans vote on which Autavia model the company would revive next. This was TAG’s “Autavia Cup,” a competition between sixteen vintage Autavia references, drawing about 55,000 fans’ votes, and eventually deciding the winner to be the Reference 2446 model, sometimes known as the “Rindt.”


The original watch, a 1966 piece famously worn by the Formula 1 champion Jochen Rindt, was distinct from earlier Autavia models in its use of applied metal hour markers, straight steel hands, and smaller white subdials. However, that replica watches quality (pictured above) retained many features of the early models in the series, including its use of the hand-wound Valjoux 72 chronograph movement, a long-lugged steel case, and the much-loved vintage Heuer and Autavia logos. The modern re-edition of the piece thus works to channel many of the most significant elements of the mid-1960s watch, while making a few key adjustments to provide it with a distinct modernity.


The contemporary re-edition, the Autavia Heuer-02 (Ref. CBE2110.BA0687), features a 42-mm steel case with standard round pushers and a black, aluminum, 12-hour bidirectional rotating bezel. Within an outer white minute ring is the watch’s black dial, here hosting applied steel hour markers with faux patina accents, three white “azurage” style subdials — a 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock, running seconds at 6 o’clock, and 12-hour chronograph counter at 9 o’clock — as well as a small date indicator toward the bottom of the dial. There’s also vintage-style Heuer and Autavia logos toward the 12 o’clock position, and a small “Heuer 02” on the bottom register.
Inside the watch, and driving the faux-patina-accented steel hands, is the automatic caliber for which the watch is named: the Caliber Heuer 02. This movement, visible through a sapphire caseback (below), holds an impressive 75-hour power reserve, and features a black skeletonized rotor to charge the piece. This watch is the first to use the in-house Heuer 02 movement, whic is expected to become the brand’s primary chronograph movement in the coming years. The watch is currently listed by TAG Heuer at $5,300.


From the vintage to the modern editions of this timepiece, the bloodline runs clear through a number of details. In the general styling of the watch— from the case shape and choice of pushers and crown, to the three white registers on the black dial — the modern watch pays a clear homage to the essential components that differentiated a 1960s Heuer Autavia from a later model in the series. Yet in the finer details, like the applied luminescent material on the edge of the hour markers and subdials, the simple hour and minute hands with a white chronograph hand, and of course the vintage-style logos, the contemporary piece also makes a solid effort channeling the specific re-edition fans of the brand voted for.


Still, for the many elements of homage, there are also many differences between the vintage and modern piece. Most noticeably, the new case is significantly thicker to accommodate the new automatic movement as compared to the vintage hand-wound, while also being wider in diameter, at 42 mm rather than the historic 39 mm. On this note, the lugs of the modern best replica watches review also seem thicker and cut off more squarely, as compared to the long, thinner lugs of the vintage model, which flowed into the bracelet at a more acute angle. Other modern changes include the wider bezel, more popular in sports watches today, and the addition of a 6 o’clock date window and a visible movement through a sapphire caseback. As expected for any modern re-edition piece, the finishing is much more refined, and due to the difference in the modern movement, the subdials have been rearranged in places.


As Jean-Claude Biver — the current CEO of TAG Heuer — has said, the brand has no intention to create a complete replica of any past watch in its history, so instead it works to create modern watches based on the traditions of the brand, but each with its own distinct personality. This Autavia re-edition falls into this ethos, with many similarities between it and its 1960s predecessor, but with enough modern differences it will likely never be confused with the vintage model that inspired it.


Up until now, TAG Heuer replica watches ebay has made it an essential part of its business strategy to continue producing vintage-inspired pieces (as seen through recent re-editions of the Carrera, Monza, and Monaco), and this new Autavia is no exception. So, for any who may be disappointed with this most recent re-edition, it may be only a matter of time before we see the next TAG Heuer vintage endeavor — perhaps next time decided in a future “Carrera Cup.”

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