Some watches stay unchanged in a brand’s catalogue for years, while others are limited editions that usually have a defined number of pieces to allow its rarity to be understood. And then there are those watches that are the special editions- models that are made for a single year based on how many dealers indicate they will buy. It could be 500 or 5000, but there are no engraved limited edition numbers and often they’re only available in certain markets. As a result, many of these models fly under the radar, such as the watch we’re taking a look at today- the 2020 TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Green dial, reference CAZ2016.
Over the last couple of years there seems to be an annual “it” colour- a couple of years ago it seemed as though every brand was making blue dial variants. And in 2019, that colour was green, with TAG Heuer jumping aboard the bandwagon with the green-dial Aquaracer (WAY2015). Given the success of that watch, TAG Heuer has repeated the dose, this time on the Formula 1 series.
The Green Formula 1 has a 44mm steel case teamed with the Calibre 16 automatic movement. Long-time readers will know that the Formula 1 series existed only as a quartz-powered series from its launch in 1986 through to 2013, when the first mechanical chronograph appeared. The Calibre 16 movement is supplied by Sellita, as the SW500.
But what makes this model special is the dial- a beautiful starburst emerald dial, with contrasting black register rings and black Super-LumiNova on the applied hour-markets and hands. There are a few well-chosen touches of red to finish off the look- the small red triangle at 12 o’clock, the tips of the 12 and 6 o’clock register hands and the central chronograph hand, and- moving to the case- the ring on the top chronograph pusher and crown.
There is also red detailing on the bezel, which is a matching dark green aluminium insert, with “tachymeter” in red text.
The colour scheme looks great to our eyes- very different to the rest of the TAG Heuer range and just the right combination of colours to avoid looking like a Christmas decoration.
Another nice touch is the strap- the same calf-skin design as offered on the Calibre 11 Monaco, but this time with a green rubber lining and matching green stitching. The strap is a great choice for the watch, and elevates it above the usual steel/ rubber/ NATO-style straps that you find on the F1 range.
There aren’t too many live photos of this watch around, but these cool shots from Briboxer show the true colour of the dial and bezel- can be hard to work these out from digital images alone. It’s a darker green than that used on the Aquaracer, but we think it looks great.
The 2020 TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Green dial is priced as US$2,800, essentially the same price as others in the 44mm Calibre 16 range. While the watch is out of stock at tagheuer.com, there is limited availability in stores.
You may have to search a little harder to track one down, but for what is a pretty special watch in the Formula 1 range, it will be well worth it for anyone looking for something a special edition with a difference.