In 1976, Jack Heuer, the great grandson of the brand's founder, designed a chronograph to celebrate Niki Lauda's first world championship title with Ferrari. The Swiss watch company was then official timekeeper for Scuderia (from 1971 to 1979), and it was the first time that Monza had appeared on the dial of a watch. At that time, the watch was markedly different, yet very stylish. Close to the spirit of the original, the 2016 reissue features the watch's two key functions: the pulsometer and the tachymeter scale and with the original font. A link from past to present, the case is now made from grade 5 titanium (previously steel), making it lighter and more shock resistant.
The material is coated with titanium carbide to give it a powerful black appearance. The diameter has also been increased from 39 mm to 42 mm, for a more modern, masculine look. It is equipped with a "super racing" strap in full-grain black calfskin, evoking the design of the three-spoke steering wheel on the racing cars of the time. Inside, the automatic calibre 17, a chronograph with its two counters at 3 and 9 o'clock – perfectly spaced for a beautifully harmonious dial. The screw-on back is numbered and features the historic Heuer logo engraved with red lacquer finish.
The caliber 17 is an automatic chronograph movement, with date. The sunray black dial features “vintage” beige luminescent hour markers. The hour and minute hands are black and white with luminescent markers. With a diameter of 42 mm, the case, as well as the bezel, is made of brushed & polished titanium carbide coated titanium. The glass is a scratch-resistant “domed” sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective treatment and the caseback is made of brushed & polished titanium carbide coated titanium (grade 5) with vintage “Heuer” logo and numbered. The chronograph is 100 m water-resistant. Finally, it is adorned with a black perforated calfskin leather strap , inspired by vintage steering wheels and a black titanium folding clasp with safety push-button and Heuer logo.
With this ultimate recreation of the iconic Heuer Monza 1976, the 2016 HEUER Monza chronograph is a true celebration of the motor-racing DNA of the brand.