Tag Heuer Monza Calibre 17 Replica

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Having displayed the watch back in March at the Baselworld show, the good news for those waiting is that the Tag Heuer Monza Calibre 17 Replica will go on sale in the next few weeks, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Monza for this in-depth review ahead of launch. And good news, we had a camera with us to bring you the most detailed photos yet of the new Chronograph.

It's like being transported back to the 1970s- there's plenty going on with this dial. Starting with the scales on the watch, we have both the usual tachymeter scale- useful for measuring speed- and a Pulsometer scale. The Pulsometer scale was described by Mark Moss in an article he wrote for us a few years ago:

The third scale I referred to above is this, the pulsometer. One that Heuer is justifiably proud of, having held the patent for measuring the pulse rate on a watch or stopwatch since 1908.

There are some Heuers from that very early period with pulsometer scales but it, like the decimal scale, is quite limited in use so the watches are much rarer than tachys.

The scale works by counting out a specific number of pulses, usually 15, and then referring to the marked number on the scale to derive the pulse rate. The scales are usually marked with the number of pulses to count, as shown on the Carrera below by "Base 15". The first watch with a scale I remember owning was a pulsometer ĘC a non-chronograph Swatch, it nonetheless worked in the same way, by counting off 15 pulses when the second hand hit 60 and reading the result from the scale.

The average pulse rate for an adult is 60-100 so watches with combined scales often only show the pulsometer scale for 15 seconds, not expecting to need to measure pulse rates below 60. Michael Schumacher at his peak famously had a resting heart rate in the mid 30s, but during races an F1 driver's pulse rate rises to over 150. The Carrera 2447 P was intended for medical professionals so can record pulse rates lower than 60 ĘC in fact, although the lowest number it shows on the scale is 20, it could even be used to measure someone with no pulse at all!

2016 TAG Heuer Monza Calibre 17 - 14One of the recent trends for watch brands reissuing vintage-style watches is the use of yellowed-lume. It's meant to replicate the yellowing of white lume that happens over time, turing the original white markers yellow. We're not really fans of this "faux-vintage" look, and would rather wait for the colouring to naturally happen! Still, TAG Heuer has opted for a more subtle cream colouring than other brands have used, meaning that while you'll notice it in close-up macro shots like these, on the wrist it's less obvious.

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.

Tag Heuer Monza Calibre 17 Replica Keeping it authentic, TAG Heuer has also stuck with the original design of offering different hand-designs on the two sub-dials- a standard fire-red hand for the elapsed seconds (time) and 3 o'clock and a square-bottomed white hand at 9 o'clock for the 30-minute chronograph register- the same design used on the famous Chronomatic-powered watches of the 1970s.

Despite this combination of multiple scales and differing hand designs and colours, the overall look of the dial is perfect. Sporty, yet still easy to read, with the only real change from the original being the "Calibre 17" text above the date window. The dial may look to be a flat-black in some of these photos, but actually has a wonderful starburst finish, which looks great.

The Tag Heuer Monza Calibre 17 Replica offers the same square-yet-round cushion case design of the 2000 Monza, a favourite of TAG Heuer collectors. The 42mm case is made from Grade 5 titanium and features alternate brushed (sides of the case) and polished (top of the case) finishes.

To achieve the blackened look, 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. Many people don't know that the resistance of the black coating to scratches and general wear is more down to the hardness of the case than the hardness of the coating- which is why the soft Brass case of the 1970s often have worn poorly.

Another unusual feature of the original Monza that is carried forward to 2016 is the use of polished steel chronograph pushers and crown- neither coated in titanium-carbide. The crown features the Heuer logo (there are no TAG Heuer logos on the watch), while the pusher design is lifted straight from the 2000 Monza.

The watch features a sapphire crystal, with anti-reflective coating on both sides and has a slight domed shape, although it's not that obvious when wearing the watch.

The strap is without doubt one of the best aspects of the watch and one that shows the length that TAG Heuer has gone to ensure authenticity. TAG Heuer could have simply fitted a standard calf-skin strap from the existing Carrera collection, but instead chose to design a "full grain" calfskin leather strap that looks identical to the iconic "Tropic" strap used by the Monza in the 1970s. But while that strap was made from rubber and designed to look like leather, we now have a leather strap designed to look like the old rubber design!

The caseback does not offer a sapphire back (the 2000-era Calibre 36 Monza did), but that's a small price to pay, because the 2016 model features this ultra-cool bright red Heuer shield with bright-white "Monza" text. Again you see the attention to detail here, with a brushed case back in the centre, edged by a polished finish. We always love when watch companies spend so much time on small details like these that will only ever be seen by the wearer.

The Calibre 17 movement is the same as the one used in the 2000 TAG Heuer Monza, the Calibre 17 Chronograph, which is an ETA 2894-2 movement, fitted with a TAG Heuer rotor. This is TAG Heuer's "go-to" movement for two-register Chronograph layouts and is a reliable and well-sorted movement.

Confession time: we loved the look of the new Monza when we first saw the photo, but there was one concern- the decision to increase the size of the case from the original 38mm to a larger 42mm- remember that it's usual to have a smaller diameter on a square-cased watch (for example, the Monaco is "only" 39mm). To us, the 38mm 2000 Monza is perfectwhich means the 2016 must be too big- or is it?

The saving grace of the increased size is that firstly, it fits with the sporty-nature of the watch and secondly, the watch maintains a relatively slim case height. The 2000 Monza was more of a dressy chronograph, a style that is better suited to a smaller case. Helping the size equation is also the use of a light-weight titanium case

So, let's go back to the original question- is the new Monza too big? Well, it's not too big, but we probably would have left the case size where it was- having said that, case size is always a personal choice. As recent sales figures show, TAG Heuer clearly knows its customers and their preference for larger case sizes, even though we'd rather stay at 41mm and below for the majority of watches.

Putting dimensions to one side, the Monza looks fantastic on the wrist- we love it. The deployant offers infinite size adjustment, meaning it's easy to find the right fit for your wrist.