Sneak Preview: 2012 TAG Heuer Formula 1

A few weeks ahead of its official launch, we can bring you today the first preview photos of the 2012 TAG Heuer Formula 1 Series. The new model replaces the current F1 series which has been a key part of the TAG Heuer range since it was relaunched in 2004.

As you can see below, the The 2012 model is an evolution of the current series, but with a more mature, elegant design and featuring upgraded finishing and details.

The model shown here is the 42mm Chronograph, which is laid out in a 3/ 9/ 6 o’clock format just as the current series. For the first time since the series was launched back in 1986, there is no ETA movement available, with all the quartz movements coming from Ronda.

There are almost twenty new models in the Formula 1 range, with a broad range of bezels available, including brushed stainless steel, aluminium, ceramic and titanium-carbide. Highlights of the range include a titanium-carbide “Full Black” stealth Formula 1 and- for the first time, a Men’s Ceramic and Steel version. My favourite? How about a “Full Black”, but with a bright red bezel and red detailing? Very cool.

The trademark titanium-carbide crown guard from the previous model has been replaced with a simpler brushed stainless steel guard of a similar design, while the crown takes its look from the Grand Carrera series. The surfaces have a nice combination of polished and brushed finishes, which helps to give the watch a “more premium” look- hopefully without meaning “more premium” prices.

The 2012 TAG Heuer Formula 1 series will be launched in Geneva in the middle of January, and you can be sure that you’ll be able to read all the details of the new series here at Calibre 11.

 

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