First Look: 2011 Formula 1 Gulf

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   21 April 2011   |   28 Comments  

A couple of weeks ago Calibre 11 showed you a preview from Geneva of several 2011 Formula 1 series models. In addition to those watches, at least one model was kept back- a Gulf-striped Grand Date Formula 1.

This is the first time that the Gulf stripes have been used by TH on a watch other than the Monaco, which makes sense given that the Gulf Monaco has been well and truly covered.

Like the rest of the Grand Date range, the Formula 1 Gulf uses the oversized 44mm case and the quartz Ronda 6004B movement. What sets the watch apart is the dial- the Gulf stripe plus a diamond-shape grid pattern to give the watch a distinctive, almost-but-not-quite Carbon Fibre look.

Formula 1 Gulf- Stripes are back

Like the Monaco Gulf series, the new Formula 1 Gulf has a vertical blue and orange stripe on the dial- but while the coloured stripes on the Monaco are the same width, the Formula 1 Gulf has a much thinner orange stripe.

I like the thinner orange stripe- its a more subtle look than that on the Monaco.

Like other watches in the Formula 1 line, the Gulf version is available with both a rubber strap and a bracelet

Price and Availability

The watch is due in late Q3 2011 with a price around the CHF1,000 mark

2011 Formula 1- Orange

As well as the Gulf Edition, there are also some official shots of the orange Formula 1 models that were first spotted at Geneva in January.

The model below is the 41mm Formula 1 watch with the ETA F06.111 movement.

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