A Formula 1 double World Champion, Fernando Alonso, has helped Tag Heuer’s designers to create a new sports watch for the brand’s F1 collection. Tag Heuer Formula 1 Orange Chronograph is a boldly looking men’s timepiece, both functional and attractive. It seams like a quite a good choice for dynamic men or passionate collectors.
Since the very beginning of the Formula One championship era, Tag Heuer has been a commitment partner with top drivers. As the first watch brand which was involved in the sponsorship of drivers, the Swiss watchmaker has developed a number of successful relationships with the legends of this sport. Starting in 1969 with Jo Siffert, Tag has brought some iconic names to be ambassadors of the brand – Jacky Ickx, David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Fernando Alonso, Mika Häkkinen and finally, Lewis Hamilton.
Besides, Tag Heuer has been the official timekeeper of the Formula One World Championships and it has developed watches for McLaren F1 team. Considering those facts, we can very easily conclude how important the F1 collection is for the Swiss watchmaker. Unlike some other Tag Heuer men’s watches, specially made for passionate drivers (read reviews of Silvertone, Monaco, Carrera, SLR and Grand Carrera timepieces), the Formula 1 Chronograph is very affordable (considering its level of quality).
The main reason for that is the quartz chronograph movement that beats inside the 41 mm fine-brushed steel case. It does not happen so often that Tag Heuer chooses a quartz movement for its driver’s chronograph, but this is what makes this line more commercial and keeps the price range under 1,000 dollars. Therefore, many F1 and Tag’s fans can afford these watches.
Attractive and Functional
Although 41 mm in diameter could be considered as a mid-size for a sports watch, a bold design of the bezel, with raised fine-brushed figures makes the F1 chronograph look very robust. The unidirectional turning bezel is crafted in scratch-resistant titanium and coated with carbide, which looks modern and masculine.
A very clear watch dial comes in orange color, featuring three chronograph sub-dials and a date window. The 1/10th of a second counter is at the 3 o’clock position, the 60 seconds sub-dial takes the 6 o’clock position, while the 30 minutes counter is located at the 9 o’clock position. A faced date window is between the 3 and the 4 o’clock positions. The striking dial of the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph also features hand-applied indexes and faceted hour and minute hands, with luminescent markers that provide great readability.
The attractive sporty timepiece CAH1113.BT0714 is available with a black rubber strap, with the protruded TAG Heuer’s logo and text. The model with a 3 rows fine-brushed stainless steel bracelet comes with a ref. number CAH1113.BA0850. The caseback with a special “checker flag” decoration, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and water-resistance up to 200 meters are other features that need to be appreciated if you are considering to buy this chronograph.