TAG Heuer’s Formula 1 range has added a pair of blue-dial versions for 2016, which gives us a good excuse to revisit the Formula 1 series. The F1 series kicked off way back in 1986, with the most crucial change in the model’s history coming from 2015 when TAG Heuer introduced a new instance based on the 1970s Autavia. Now, if you are a newcomer to TAG Heuer and you do not understand the history of the Formula 1, do not worry- we have you covered with our Ultimate Guide to the TAG Heuer Formula 1.
Also changed is your bracelet layout, another bit of “square” design compared to the softer curves of the previous version. Aquaracer 300m Watch vs. ChronographPlacing that the 3-hand watch next to the chronograph shows clearly the household connection, with the case, dial, hands and bracelets showing close ties. The 43mm chronograph is significantly bigger (in both diameter and case thickness) compared to its 40.5millimeter brother. Aquaracer 300m vs. 500mAn fascinating comparison is that the Aquaracer 300m Chronograph up against the Aquaracer 500m Chronograph, the later featuring basically the identical dial, but with different hour-markers and palms. Possibly the two most obvious differences are the ceramic black bezel and helium valve around the 500m when compared with the brushed steel bezel of the 300m. The 500m also supplies a rubber finish to the crown and pushers, but misses out on the H-Link bracelet of the more recent model. And while we are referring to the Aquaracer 500m, it’s pleasant to see the return of some design elements of the prior 2010 Aquaracer 500m.
While not made of plexiglass like its predecessor, it has the exact same look but with the benefit of being a modern, superior freshwater glass that is highly scratch resistant. A particularly great feature, in my opinion. tag heuer aquaracer grande date chronograph 43mm review replica Carrera Calibre 18, as its name suggests, is powered by grade 18, which can be an automated Sellita SW300 movement with a Dubois-Depraz 2223 chronograph module added on. It defeats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), together with 37 stones, and a 40-hour power reserve. The movement is visible through a sapphire caseback, including the oscillating weight which is engraved with the “Heuer” emblem and decorated with a Côtes de Genève striped motif. In conclusion, TAG Heuer has done a great deal of things right for this timepiece. I love the box sapphire crystal, dual register design and retro styling. What’s more, it has been well received by the majority of people I have spoken with. Having said this, if they make any minor adjustments, like shifting the hour markers outwards towards the perimeter of the dial, and put in a few of their in-house chronograph calibers, I think that the timepiece will probably be even more compelling.
If you are feeling skeptical at this time, keep with us for a moment. TAG Heuer, while touting the 1887 as 100% in house, has also declared publicly that it has a formal relationship with Seiko and can be sourcing a few less crucial components for its 1887 in the Japanese brand due to Swatch Group restricting supply. All told, there are 22 providers of components to the 1887 and Seiko is the only one that is not Swiss. So while the “100% in house” moniker might cause you to think something a bit far from the truth, TAG Heuer has been transparent and supplied information when asked about the 1887’s provenance. There are even a number of explanations for why TAG Heuer building with this Seiko base to deliver us the 1887 is a great thing. The proprietary, Seiko-conceived dual pawl winding system is significantly more efficient than a standard rotor winding system, and the pillar wheel system in this motion is extremely reliable and reactive. As stated above though, TAG did create some significant modifications to create the 1887 their own, among which is the accession of their internally developed rocking pinion. To oversimplify a bit, this usually means the chronograph’s seconds hand is obviously partly connected to the movement’s running seconds equipment train, so engagement is much quicker and smoother.
- Hand-applied polished and faceted yellow gold plated (18k 2N) indexes with luminescent markers
- Polished and faceted hour and minute yellow gold plated (18k 2N) hands with luminescent markers
- Polished yellow gold plated (18k 2N) counters’ hands
- Polished yellow gold plated (18k 2N) central chronograph second hand
- Angled date window at 3 o’clock
- Fine-brushed and Polished steel case
- Unidirectional yellow gold (18K 2N) plated turning bezel
- Scratch resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment
- Yellow gold (18K 2N) plated screw-in crown
- Screw-in caseback with diving bell engraving
- TAG Heuer Calibre 16, Swiss Made
- Automatic calibre, rapid date correction
- Diameter: 26.20 mm (11 ½”’), — 21 rubies
- Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
- Power reserve: about 42 hours