In its nearly three decades of existence, the Formula 1 has always been one of TAG Heuer’s entry level products and relied on quartz movements to keep prices as accessible as possible. Recently, TAG Heuer announced the first men’s mechanical Formula 1 model, a chronograph powered by their Calibre 16 automatic movement. Sporting the well-established look of the Formula 1 line, the new Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic makes a play for some love from the mechanical purists among us.
TAG Heuer’s Formula 1 array has added a pair of blue-dial models for 2016, which gives us a good excuse to revisit that the Formula 1 series. But if you are a newcomer to TAG Heuer and also you do not know the history of the Formula 1, don’t worry- we’ve got you covered with our Ultimate Guide to the TAG Heuer Formula 1. Both new watches reveal a brilliant star-burst Blue dial with Orange highlights, which in itself is information. Something odd happened to the Formula 1 in the early 2010s: since the watch has been pushed up-market by TAG Heuer, all the colours seemed to drain away, leaving behind a darkened black palette- at one stage, the sole dial alternatives were Black, White or Anthracite.But that is not what the Formula 1 series is all about. It is a watch with colour in its heart, so we’re thrilled to see that the return of a bright, colourful Blue on either the dial and the bezel.While that you can buy a Formula 1 having an automatic movement, that is not what the series is all about. The attractiveness of the Formula 1 is the fact that it combines sporty, colourful styling with durable quartz motions at a very reasonable price. And indeed the most recent Formula 1 is about precisely the exact same cost as it had been back in 2010, so there’s plenty of value to be had with all the newest range.Kicking off the range is the Chronograph version, mention CAZ1014- a design much like this Red Bull Edition we reviewed a couple of months back. That opinion has a matte Blue dial up and Red and White contrasting colours, but otherwise the two watches are very similar.