Gut Reaction Reviews – First Look At The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 From Watches & Wonders 2021

Gut Reaction Reviews – First Look At The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 From Watches & Wonders 2021

Editor’s note: Like you, we are also excited for the releases from the Watches & Wonders 2021. Before we get to dive deep into the releases and go hands-on with as many of these as the two of us here can, here’s our preview and the Gut Reaction Review (Grr…) of the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches. For our other detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here

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Gut Reaction

Youthful asphalt-effect dials in tangerine orange and lime yellow reminiscent of the 1980s and 90s, colourful design, and the beater watch capability define the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches. Big, bold and beautiful, these are best suited for those racing and watch enthusiasts who may be on a budget but their love for the brand and motor-racing is not. With the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches, you get brand recognition, sturdy timepieces, and a casual sporty-chic vibe: if you are someone who doesn’t look down upon quartz movements, these are an excellent bang for your buck as well.

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Watches & Wonders 2021 presents the new TAG Heuer Formula in 4 references featuring colourful dials and quartz movements. 

Retailing for the price of 2’100 AUD (for time only model) and 2’750 AUD (for chronograph versions), these regular production releases feature a Swiss quartz movement that is made with a battery life of approximately 24 months and comprises of an EOL (battery End-Of-Life) indication, stop-second function & fast date correction setting. The movement is housed inside a 43mm diameter steel fine-brushed case that is on the large side but in turn, should aid legibility. 

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new TAG Heuer Formula 1

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The TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection was first launched in 1986/87. Over the years it has deepened its roots within the motorsports world and like the sport has evolved into a stylish collection featuring bold designs that demand attention and advanced technical features that are inspired by the extreme performance of the Formula 1 teams.

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Just like the cars are tested to wither any conditions, TAG Heuer’s Formula 1 range goes through over 60 quality control tests to produce watches that are highly shock-resistant and water-resistant to 200 meters. 

Last year watch and sports enthusiasts saw TAG releasing two novelties under the Formula 1 banner: the value proposition Formula 1 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Special Edition and the strikingly beautiful Formula 1 Indy 500 2020 Special Edition.

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Formula 1 Indy 500 2020 Special Edition

The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 follows suit, starting the 2021 F1 season in Bahrain with the welcome addition of 4 new colourways. This collection expands marked by bright colours and asphalt-effect dials.

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The chronograph versions have got everything a one watch person would need: Swiss watchmaking heritage, hours/minutes/seconds hands, a date function, a chronograph along with a tachymetre scale, and a fixed bezel that’s now iconic of the architectural language of this range.

On the flip side, there’s that quartz movement. 

No matter where you fit on the scale — from a true watch enthusiast to a watch snob to someone just collecting to show off without any real love for horology or even some of the salesmen at dealers — people generally look down upon quartz movements. These movements aren’t really considered the creme de la creme of watchmaking. 

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That’s All Folks! 

The good thing about the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 watches is that they are very good looking beaters. For new watch enthusiasts, a beater is an unofficial term used to indicate a watch that can take a beating of daily, everyday wear without complaining. In terms of use, we would say it is definitely a daily wearer. We would even dare to say it is the living, breathing definition of a daily wearer.

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My pick out of these is the ‘online exclusive’ ref. WAZ101A.FC8305, the 2’100 AUD time only version. Dominating the dial, orange enjoys the limelight on the three-hand model. It is stylish enough to be worn at work (outdoors-oriented jobs) while playing sports, while driving at the tracks, or while snorkelling at a resort with your family. A quartz watch is not everyone’s cup of tea, but for lovers practicality, it’s definitely a useful and good looking sports watch. 

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To find out more about the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 and their other watches, please head to their website here. All images unless stated otherwise are courtesy ©TAG Heuer. Make sure to check out our reviews of other Watches & Wonders 2021 releases here.

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