THE TAG HEUER MONZA RETURNS BOLDER THAN EVER IN A STRIKING CARBON EDITION
One of the significant timepieces in more than 160 years of history for the Swiss luxury watchmaker, the TAG Heuer Monza returns in a contemporary tribute to the indelible link between the company and competition motorsport.
A modern reinterpretation of a timeless classic
The new TAG Heuer Monza Flyback Chronometer is a special edition with a 42-mm case, made of ultra-lightweight and resistant carbon.
Its striking black dial features a two-register layout with a translucent fumé blue sapphire crystal chronograph counter at 3 and the permanent second at 6 o’clock. The unique skeletonized dial reveals the movement underneath and echoes the piece’s mechanical roots. At 9 o’clock, the date window is in blue luminescent, a first for TAG Heuer, and the blue lacquered indexes and black and white lacquered hours and minutes hands are applied with Super-LumiNova® for optimal legibility in low light.
Delivering high precision and high performance timekeeping the TAG Heuer Monza Flyback Chronometer is powered by the in-house Calibre Heuer 02 Flyback, a chronograph movement with COSC certification. The notable advantage of a flyback function is the ability to reset the chronograph without stopping it, using the black DLC steel pushbuttons. Such a feature was only available on the TAG Heuer Autavia in the contemporary collection until now and allows for even faster and more accurate timekeeping.
A racing chronograph in action
The watch offers three functions that are essential to a racing driver in action: a chronograph, a tachymeter scale which indicates average speed for a 1-kilometer or 1-mile distance, measured using the indicator on the black flange, as well as a pulsometer, which helps determine one’s heartrate per minute. This function is used based on the blue line in the top right quadrant of the dial which is calibrated to 15 heartbeats per minute. The user launches the chronograph and counts 15 heartbeats, obtaining his personal read when stopping the chronograph. The pulsometer offers a range of 60 to 200 beats per minute.
Red details, on the dial such as the sub-counter hands and the framing of the date window evoke exhilarating speed and racing hearts. They contrast elegantly against the black dial and case and the bright blue indexes, seconds hand and stitching on the custom textile strap.
An iconic name and lineage
In 1976 the original Heuer Monza was introduced to celebrate Niki Lauda’s historic 1975 victory in the F1 World Championship. Often referred to by the champion as the “unbelievable year”, the particularly nail-biting season saw him take home his first world title, with five wins for the Scuderia Ferrari of which Heuer was the technical timing partner since 1971. His Swiss teammate Clay Regazonni won the Italian Grand Prix that year, the penultimate race of the season and the team’s home track, with Lauda finishing third and securing his championship title.
Today TAG Heuer continues its longstanding support of Formula 1 with the Oracle Red Bull Racing team, its partner since 2016. And fittingly, Team Principle Christian Horner has a deep personal connection to the TAG Heuer Monza, it was the watch he bought for himself to celebrate his first racing successes. Bursting with motorsport heritage and symbolism, the TAG Heuer Monza continues to be a racing machine on the wrist for generations to come.
A timepiece that expresses true boldness, confidence, and the love of speed, for the pro or amateur driver who is not afraid of taking risks, the TAG Heuer Monza Flyback Chronometer is a collector’s piece that expertly ties in decades of noble racing heritage with daring contemporary design and cutting-edge engineering. Available from January 2023, the chronograph is presented in a special packaging and will be sold exclusively in TAG Heuer boutiques, on the brand’s e-commerce websites and in selected retail stores.