If you are looking for a true sport chronograph, maybe this is a right timepiece for you. Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grande Date Chronograph Watch is modern and attractive, but above all, it offers great functionality. If you do not like quartz watches, try with Monacoor Carrera collections, otherwise give yourself a chance to explore this stunning Tag Heuer’s product.
Ever since the very first Formula 1 watch appeared, back in 1986, this Tag Heuer’s collection has been the absolute hit. First of all, it was refreshing, trendy and colorful, as well as highly available, mostly because of new cheaper materials and a quartz movement. It was the first collection created by TAG Heuer after the Swiss company had changed the owner, a year earlier and its name deeply reflects a strong link between renowned watchmaker and a racing world.
Being totally redesigned and upgraded, new editions of Formula 1 timepieces feature new quality that classifies them into the top league of quartz sport chronographs. Firstly, it is because of the material that was used for their construction. Their cases are crafted in brushed or polished stainless steel, while the model CAH1012.FT6026 comes with a steel case, coated with black titanium carbide. A polished stainless steel bezel with a black PVD coating features fine brushed steel numbers. There is a choice between a black rubber strap and a brushed or polished stainless steel bracelet. Finally, the watch is protected with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Large 44 mm Case
Besides a large step forward in terms of material, new models are significantly larger, which also brings many benefits. They look more masculine and sporty. Besides, which is crucial for a good chronograph, they are more readable than some previous models. Namely, Formula 1 Grande Date Chronograph has a 44 mm case, which classifies it among large sport watches. However, thanks to a nice design and its thickness of 14.85 mm, this timepiece is adequate for almost every size of a man’s wrist.
A crown with the black titanium carbide coating and the TH Logo is screw-in and secured with double gaskets. Paired with the unidirectional turning bezel, they become important elements for under-water activities. Although this model is not classified as a dive watch, it can certainly be used under water, since it is resistant to pressures up to 200 meters (660 feet).
Even though there are a lot of elements on the dial, it is still highly readable. Either black or white, it is designed in the striking Formula 1 style to look sporty and masculine. It features three sub-dials; the largest one is located at the 6 o’clock position and it serves as the 1/10 second counter, during the first 30 minutes and then becomes the hour counter. The twin hands semi-circular minutes counter is at the 9 o’clock position, while the running seconds sub-dial takes the 3 o’clock position. The Grande Date window is located at the 12 o’clock position. This is not all. In addition to its great functionality, there is a tachymeter scale on the outer rim of the dial.
The dial also features hand-applied indexes, polished hour and minute hands with polished facets, a striking red central chronohraph hand, luminescent markers on hands and indexes, as well as the colored TAG Heuer logo. Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grande Date Chronograph has six variations. Everything around 1,200 US dollars for this stunning model seems like more than a good price.