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  1. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jul 26, 2016

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    Hi everyone,

    Have been on holiday for the last three weeks and struggled for internet connection, so have been more quiet than usual- great to catch up on the discussions over that time. Holiday was great and stopped into TAG Heuer for a brief visit- huge amount going on there with planning for the ManU sponsorship deal and the zero-gravity flights that have been announced in the last couple of weeks. Can also confirm that work is progressing on the Autavia ;)

    I was lucky enough to pick up the new Monza while I was there, and while I put down most of my thoughts in the review at Calibre 11, I know that it's a watch that interests many here, so I thought I'd add a few more comments after 1 month of ownership.
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    - The dial is really, really well done. The red markers on the two sub-dials are not printed flat, but raised slightly. Add that to the aged lume (which I know is a little gimmicky, but I have to admit looks good) and the bright white hands, and you have one of the best-looking dials I can remember. It's also one of the most authentic and faithful to the original 76 Monza
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    - I was quite happy with the size- although it does skirt close to being too big for me- which I was a little surprised about. The size is the only thing about this watch that I'm not entirely sold on. The larger size did grow on me, and then I got home and compared it to my 2000 Monza, and you really get a sense of how much larger it is. In the end, I am comfortable with this size because 1. It's a sporty watch (2000 Monza is more formal) and 2. The case is not too thick, so you never get that top-heavy feeling
    - Strap not only looks fantastic, but is very comfortable- perfect.
    - A nice touch is that TAG Heuer has designed a special box for the Monza, complete with a bright red cushion and black box
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    So it's a very big thumbs up from me for the Monza. I believe that the LE number has been set at 2000, although the person I spoke to was not 100% sure on that. Look forward to seeing more of these in the wild and hearing your thoughts

    dc
     
  2. Hubert

    Hubert Jul 26, 2016

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    Great write-up as always! I think the color combination in the box could have benefited from a little more thought. I personally would have much rather preferred a few minor red accents here and there, or a maybe a red Heuer logo.

    How lucky of you that you got to see the progress on the Autavia! :thumbsup:
     
  3. automobilia42

    automobilia42 Jul 26, 2016

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    I like the "Tropic Sport" style band very much!
     
  4. Squadrone Rosso

    Squadrone Rosso Jul 26, 2016

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    Itching with anticipation as can't quite wait to get mine!

    Looks stunning. Great review too. Thank you.

    Simon
     
  5. Squadrone Rosso

    Squadrone Rosso Jul 26, 2016

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    PS. Good choice of restaurant too. Did you try Montana too?
     
  6. elbeik

    elbeik Jul 27, 2016

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    It does look like a fantastic timepiece. Certainly the most appealing from the latest new issues.
     
  7. deansouthcombe

    deansouthcombe Jul 28, 2016

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    ...its mostly all black, so what's not to like! Thanks for the review. don't think I can resist this one even though I should.
     
  8. Balibär

    Balibär Jul 30, 2016

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    Dear David,

    I am a big Calibre11.com fan from Germany. I am following this great site since I bought my first Carrera Cal. 16 Chronograph in the year 2010. In the meantime 4 other TagHeuers have joined my collection. Amongst my favourite pieces are my Jack Heuer Cal.17 Re-Edition and its grey dialed twin.

    Right now I am lurking for the new Monza. It is a stunning looking watch in the pictures and videos I have seen so far. However I am a little bit concerned about the size. I have a 6.75 inch wrist and fear that it might be a tad too big for me. Unfortunately no TagHeuer dealer in my area has one on the shelves to try it on. I also own a Autavia-Reedition (Orange Boy) that fits me perfectly fine.

    Do you think I can pull off the Monza with this average wrist size? How does it compare in size to a Monaco?

    I am really looking forward to become an active member in this fantastic forum.

    Thank you in advance and keep up the great work!

    Best regards, Alex
     
  9. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jul 31, 2016

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    I didn't- we were driving from Florence to Milan and so made a stop in Maranello for lunch. Amazingly, I had the chance to meet a Heuer collector who is a long time Calibre 11 reader who was working across the road on the Ferrari F1 engine! Great day.
     
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  10. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jul 31, 2016

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    Welcome Alex!

    The Monza seems to be just hitting the shops now- so perhaps your dealer will get one in? Questions on size are very hard because it's so personal. My guess is that if you are happy with the Autavia re-edition size then you'll be OK with the Monza.

    Good luck!
     
  11. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Aug 8, 2016

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    By the way, TAG Heuer on social media this morning has said that the Monza will not be a numbered limited edition (except for Number 11 I guess ;) ), but instead will be a "special edition". I think this means it uses the internal code "ADIS", which means it is not part of the standard range, but they will make however many the dealers have ordered...but no refreshing of stock once it sells out
     
  12. Hubert

    Hubert Aug 8, 2016

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    Good to know; I am still waiting for my dealer's call-back on my preorder.
     
  13. Hubert

    Hubert Aug 13, 2016

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    Mine arrived today! :cool: It is absolutely gorgeous! :D
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  14. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Aug 13, 2016

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    Hubert Aug 13, 2016

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    Thanks! I already put the camera away; so here's a quick one with the cell phone, with masked numbers.
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  16. WernerBoeinck

    WernerBoeinck Aug 13, 2016

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  17. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Aug 13, 2016

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    I'm still confused on the "limited edition" status of the watch...seems complicated. So it's a numbered limited edition, but no maximum number?
     
  18. dtf

    dtf Aug 13, 2016

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    Very nice! I particularly like the back too
     
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  19. calibre11user

    calibre11user Aug 13, 2016

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    Really nice watch. Congratulations.
     
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  20. Hubert

    Hubert Aug 14, 2016

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    Probably. I imagine the first batch will have these traits, but maybe the rest will lose the number. ::confused2::