Review: 2011 Formula 1 Series
The Formula 1 series gets a new look for 2011- four new designs with three different quartz movements.
The Formula 1 watch was the first watch developed by TAG Heuer after the change of ownership in 1985. Most of the early TH range was made up of Heuer-developed watches with the new logo, but the Formula 1 arrived in 1986 followed by the S/el in 1987 as the paths between the old Heuer and the new TAG Heuer began to diverge.
Since 2004 the refreshed Formula 1 series has been tweaked a few times- many models today have lost the polyurethane “bumper” of the original 2004 models- and given that the model line is more than seven years old, you can expect a new Formula 1 series in the next 12-18 months. But until then, we have the updated 2011 range.
Formula 1 Gulf Edition
The Formula 1 Gulf is based on the Grande Date F1 and so uses a 44mm case and is powered by a Ronda 6004B Quartz movement. The watch is available on either a rubber strap, or the bracelet that you see here.
While I think that the Gulf Monaco is a little played out, the stripes do look cool on the F1 and fit well with the rest of the design. I like that the bezel echoes the shape of the original series, but is a step up in quality. The only part of the design that I’m not sure about is the black crown guards, which sit almost like a “flying buttress”- a standard integrated steel guard would look better in my view.
Formula 1 Gulf Edition- Pricing and Availability
Lets get the bad news out of the way first- as I understand it, the F1 Gulf won’t be available in the US, Spain or Portugal. For other markets, expect the watch to be available in Q4 2011, with a price of around A$1300 in Australia.
Formula 1 24 Calibre S
This is the first time that I’ve reviewed any watch with the Calibre S movement- and does offer a very interesting alternative to a standard quartz movement. Pressing the crown changes to the watch to from Time/ Date mode to Chronograph mode, with the hands moving to the positions that you see above. As you press the top Chrono. button to start timing, you only see the central second hand move. When you press the top button again top stop timing, the two sub-dial hands move into place to indicate the 1/10th of a second (left-hand register) and 1/100th of a second (right register).