As its name suggests, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection is inspired by the celebrated F1 motor-car racing. Youthful and energetic, this acclaimed series typically incorporates various design elements evoking the exhilarating world of the most prestigious motorsports championships. Equipped with quartz or self-winding movements, these wristwatches boast modern, cutting-edge features and fashionable aesthetics.
Stylistic appeal, built-quality and affordable price range make the collection ideally suitable for young generation watch customers with a passion for the speed and thrill associated with Formula 1 racing. These versatile watches are equally suited for everyday wear thanks to their ergonomic construction and vibrant design.
Introduced in 1986, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 series is one of the flagship collections from the Great watchmaking company. Initially, the family mainly consisted of affordable quartz watches inspired by the brand’s lifelong association with the motor-racing world. This iconic line played a crucial role in reviving the brand’s business from the after-effects of so-called quartz crisis.
The company halted the production of this line soon after it was acquired by LVMH. In 2004, the brand re-launched Formula 1 series by incorporating modern technology, upgraded design and superb features suitable for a contemporary and masculine motorsports watch. The collection currently includes both automatic and quartz watches. The brand also offers some brilliant TAG Heuer Formula 1 ladies watch models.
In this article, we are introducing six popular TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches that are worth investing in:
(1) TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic Chronograph
Equipped with the celebrated Calibre 16 Automatic movement and available in colorways, this chronograph from the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection is an attention grabber. This timepiece is available in various dial choices like black, blue, green and grey. It features a 44mm diameter case made of stainless steel or black DLC coated steel. Mounted with a ceramic or steel tachymeter bezel, this incredible motorsports chronograph is a must-have accessory for sports watch enthusiasts with a passion for motor racing.
Water-resistant to 200 meters, Tag Heuer Formula 1 calibre 16 Automatic houses a state-of-the-art self-winding calibre with a power reserve of 42 hours. The strong and scratch-resistant crystal glass not only protects the dial side, it also offers an unobstructed view of the indications. This chronograph has a selling price range starting from S$ 2,500 to S$ 6,500.
(2) Tag Heuer Formula 1 Senna Special Edition
Created as a sincere tribute to motor-racing legend Ayrton Senna, this distinct series offers collectible wristwatches that demonstrate the fearless attitude of the Brazilian champion. The most recent Formula 1 Senna Edition is comprised of two stainless steel chronographs featuring an anthracite sunray-brushed dial with a decorative touch of Ayrton Senna’s trademark yellow shade and a black ceramic fixed tachymeter bezel.
The new Senna edition launched in 2020 is offering an automatic version (CAZ201B.FC6487) and a quartz (CAZ101AF.BA0637) watch. Water-resistant to 200 meters, these sports watches feature massive and solid stainless steel case measuring 43mm diameter in quartz model and 44mm in automatic version. Both feature stainless steel screw-down case back with a special engraving of the Senna logo. The Formula 1 X Senna Calibre 16 Automatic chronograph has a retail price of around S$ 4,600 and the quartz model costs about S$ 3,100.
(3) TAG Heuer Formula 1 X Indy 500 Special Edition
TAG Heuer has been serving as the official timekeeper of the iconic Indianapolis 500 (also known as Indy 500) annual automobile race since 2004. Held every year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Indiana, United States, this extraordinary event is one of the oldest motor-racing championships. The inaugural edition of this race was conducted in 1911.
To mark its longstanding association with Indy 500, TAG Heuer often releases special edition watches from its Formula 1 collection. The most recent addition to this remarkable series is the Formula 1 X INDY 500 Quartz Chronograph with a 43mm jet-black sand-blasted DLC steel case. This special timepiece has a black textured dial featuring asphalt and red bricks pattern inspired by the Indy racetrack’s iconic Brickyard. Its ceramic sand-blasted tachymeter bezel highlights “INDY 500” engraved in red.
Water-resistant to 200 meters, this robust motorsports wristwatch comes fitted with a flat sapphire crystal, a black DLC screw-down crown, and a solid stainless steel case back with special Indy 500 engraving. The special edition Formula 1 X Indy 500 watch released in 2020 has a retail price of approximately S$ 3,100. This TAG Heuer F1 model is limited to 1,500 numbered pieces.
(4) TAG Heuer Formula 1 Alec Monopoly Edition
Created in creative collaboration with globally renowned graffiti artist Alec Monopoly, this unconventional TAG Heuer watch from the Formula 1 collection stands out with its vivid artwork on the dial. It is surrounded by a bold, black PVD coated unidirectional rotating bezel mounted on a 41mm diameter brushed steel case. Equipped with a quartz movement and water-resistant to 200 meters, the Alec Monopoly watch features a black DLC crown, a flat sapphire crystal front glass and a stainless steel case back with a special engraved ALEC logo. It has a retail price of about $6,500 SGD.
(5) TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Automatic
This is one of the popular non-chronograph watch models from the Formula 1 collection. A masculine and urban sports timekeeper, it features a minimalistic three hands dial layout with a date window at 3 o’clock. The movement powering this timepiece is Calibre 5, a modified version of the workhorse ETA 2824-2 automatic calibre.
Made of stainless steel, this robust timepiece is water-resistant up to 200 meters. Measuring 41mm or 43mm diameter, its case is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel in steel or ceramic. A perfect daily beater, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Automatic is a great investment for your money. It comes in a retail price range of S$ 2,000-3,000.
(6) TAG Heuer Gulf Formula 1 Chronograph
The Gulf team livery (orange and blue) is one of the most recognised symbols in the world of automobile racing. Boasting the iconic color theme, the TAG Heuer Gulf Formula 1 Chronograph celebrates the 50th anniversary of Gulf Racing’s first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This stainless steel quartz watch boasts a brushed Gulf shield-blue dial with the iconic orange and blue stripes.
Dressed in a 43mm diameter case, the watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters. It features blue aluminium bezel with tachymeter scale, sapphire crystal glass, black PVD coated crown and pushers, and steel case back with engraved Gulf logo. This special edition TAG Heuer formula 1 chronograph has a retail price of about SGD 2,300.