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
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.
Available with both a rubber strap and the stainless steel bracelet, the watch will go on sale in June.
Finally, there is the orange Grand Date, with the same movement and case as the Gulf edition
These simple three-hand models are my favourite of the current F1 line- they’re everything the Formula 1 should be- simple, colourful and rugged. The Chronograph versions of the current series are too complex and over-styled for my taste. Given that the current F1 has been in place since 2005, a revised series can’t be too far away, even if it’s not in 2011.
Until then, I’d expect the Gulf Edition in particular to be popular of the 2011 models- especially for those who collect the Monaco Gulf series.