Joining the Formula 1 crack team this year is the high-performance 44mm TAG Heuer FORMULA 1 Calibre 16 replica watch. Every detail of this Automatic Chronograph makes it perfect for motor racing, from the scratch-resistant fine-brushed ceramic on bracelet and bezel to its optimal readability in racing conditions. Always elegant, always masculine, it can be varied with racing red touches on hands, bezel and winding crown. Or with a dramatic full black version with a bold orange flange and exclusive new rubber strap. Get ready to enjoy the race.
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.
As the flagship model for the Formula 1 lineup, the Caliber 16 Chronograph is fitted with a sapphire crystal, 200 meters worth of water resistance and either a rubber strap or a steel and ceramic bracelet, depending on the model.
Though the styling of the Formula 1 line may be somewhat polarizing, the now 27 year old design has found a core fan base and endured as a distinctive presence within TAG Heuer's offerings. I owned a Formula 1 Grande Date for some time and found the lugless design to be quite comfortable and the sporty race-inspired styling to be distinctive and rather cool. While I eventually flipped my Formula 1 for a more classic automatic Aquaracer, I can see the new Calibre 16 versions being quite popular. The more reserved color use on both models might make these the perfect replica watch for Monday to Friday at the office and weekends at the track. The classic Formula 1 and incorporates the bright colors and sporting style of the automotive racing world.
It's not hard to understand the appeal of the Calibre 16 versions for someone who may have had a faithful quartz model for years and is now looking for an upgrade. That buyer now has a familiar option to stack up against a Calibre 16 Carrera or Link Chronograph as they move into the mechanical range of TAG Heuer's lineup. Given the age of the Formula 1 line, this is a natural evolution of the line, especially as more and more buyers are looking for mechanical watches. With pricing starting around 3000 CHF, the Calibre 16 Formula 1 does represent a big jump in the price over the current Formula 1 range. What do you think? Would you wear an automatic Formula 1? While I like the look of these new Formula 1 models, if it were my cash, it would be hard to resist the urge to opt for a Monaco or a Carrera.
Balance frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). Power reserve: about 42 hours.
Hours — minutes — small seconds at 9 o'clock. Chronograph counter: hours — minutes. Central seconds counter. Date window.
Oscillating mass: "Côtes de Genève*", engraved "TAG Heuer — Calibre 16 — Swiss Made".* Depending on the model