While the origins of the Tag Heuer Monza trace back to 1925, its actual and official inception took place in 1976 when Jack Heuer, great grandson of the brand’s founder designed a special chronograph to celebrate Niki Lauda’s first victory in Formula One with Ferrari. This was the first time that the company had put the ‘Monza’ moniker on the dial of their watches. The new, then called Heuer (without -TAG) Monza took its case inspiration from a 1925 model and was equipped with a pulsometer and tachymeter while featured red hands that payed homage to the heritage of racing.
At Baselworld 2016, Tag Heuer announced that they would be bringing back this iconic timepiece- Tag Heuer Monza, once again, this time as a special homage to the original Monza’s 40-year anniversary. This is the first iteration of the reissue, after its first introduction in 1976. While the 2007 and the 2011 version deviated from the iconic styling of the original, Tag Heuer has ensured that their latest version strictly adhere to the legacy of the original timepiece. The Tag Heuer Monza gets a very similar-t0-original, all-black case that houses the black and white hour and minute hands on top of a very originally styled Monza Heuer logo without the TAG, giving it a very subtle retro touch. The indices are painted in orange SuperLuminova just like how it came on the original. Tag Heuer has even gone through the extra effort of putting back the Tachymeter scale that went missing in the previous two reissues so that the 2016 Monza looks as true as it can to its original.
What isn’t old with the Tag Heuer Monza though is the material selection of the case, which is now made from a lighter titanium, so that the watch doesn’t feel as heavy as the original. The diameter of the case has also been increased from the original’s 39mm to a more modern 42mm. Inside the asymmetrical placement of the dual chronographs from the original is now replaced with a more symmetrical placement that balances out the overall design of the dial.