Tag Heuer, is a brand which can be easily associated with the motorsport world. From GT categories to the top one, Formula 1, the brand has been present for many years now. Tag Heuer is a Swiss watchmaker founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer and was originally named Heuer watch company. Fast forward to 1985, the company was acquired by the Tag Group (Holdings) S.A. and therefore got the name that we all know today, Tag Heuer and then in 1999 Tag Heuer was purchased by LVMH, which is still the owner.
The Watch Line
The brand is very well-known in the motorsports world because of the Heuer Carrera chronograph and the Heuer Monaco Chronograph with the Calibre 11 movement. But, after Heuer was acquired by the Tag group, the Formula 1 series was presented to the world in 1986 as a response to the quartz crisis and offering a cheaper option than the other watches that the brand offered, meaning that the Formula 1 watches were the first quartz models on the Tag Heuer line up and history. The Formula 1 line was discontinued in 2000 following the LVMH acquisition, because of the company wanting to focus on mechanical watches only. But later brought it back in 2004, featuring for the first time on a Formula 1 model an ETA based automatic movement. Fast Forward till today that I am reviewing the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 6 model, which together with the Calibre 5 can be considered to be the entry level automatic watches in the Formula 1 line up and maybe even the brand itself.
Let’s start with the most notorious and biggest part of a watch, the case. The Formula 1 Calibre 6 has stainless steel with a satin and polished finish case, which personally I prefer and found it to make a watch not as flashy as a watch with a more metallic and brighter finish. The size is 43mm, which can be a little too big for some people and I personally feel that in a 41mm or maybe 42mm would be better, but still is a very good-looking watch and after a while, you get used to the size.
You can also see that the bezel is also stainless steel and has a satin finish, which makes it blend more with case and gives a sense of a one-piece case, but don’t let that fool you, because the bezel has a unidirectional rotation. The case back is also stainless steel in a satin finish and has a branded logo decoration with a checkered flag design in the back of the logo, to show the connection with the name and motorsport, I guess.
As stated before in the introduction of this article, the Formula 1 Calibre 6 has an automatic movement. The Calibre 6 is an ETA 2895 based movement, Swiss made, which has 27 jewels, sometimes depending on the complications, it can have 31 jewels. According to Tag Heuer, the power reserve of the Calibre 6 is of approximately 38 hours, which is good and means that you can leave the watch for a little over a day and a half without using it before it stops. This movement is used in other models of the brand, including the other dial variations of the Formula 1 and the chronograph version of this watch. ETA based movements are very good and well-known for being reliable and used in many other watches from different brands.
This watch in specific is the version with the blue dial, which in my opinion looks amazing because it changes the tone of blue that you see depending on the light or perspective that you see the watch, meaning that you will never see the complete dial in the same tone of blue, giving the timepiece a very classy look but sporty at the same time. On the dial you have a sub dial at the 6 o’clock position which is for the seconds counter, which has a white outer ring, contrasting and following the trend of the outer ring in white of the primary dial. On the hands’ department, the second’s hand situated in the subdial has a red finish giving it a sporty more casual look. On the minutes and hours ones, we have polished bright stainless steel hands’ as well as the markers, contrasting beautifully with the satin bezel, with a luminescent material in the inside.
It comes with the most useful complication, in my opinion, and maybe of many other people, a date complication situated at the classic 3 o’clock position. A big number 12 for the 12 o’clock position marker giving a very symmetrical aesthetic to the dial. Protecting all of these, you have a sapphire crystal, which is very durable and scratch resistant.
Being a motorsports fan and especially formula 1 fan, this watch and the brand itself call my attention a lot, given the relationship with the sport and history of it.
So, in my opinion, the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Clibre 6 is a good watch in overall, it comes from a very good and with a lot of horological history brand, and personally one of my favorite watch companies out there. The build quality and finish are exactly what you would expect from a brand like this and a watch of this price, the stainless steel bracelet doesn’t feel cheap or whatsoever, on the contrary, it feels good quality. On the face department, the dial looks exquisite, with that fading effect of the blue dial. Even though, the blue dial looks great, it is not my favorite, I would prefer the black dial version or even the white version, but still, the blue one looks amazing.
The movement does the job very well and being ETA based gives me some trust on it too, besides the fact that it is also used in other Tag Heuer models too. The matching stainless steel bezel is not my cup of tea, I am more of a contrasting bezel type, but that is purely a matter of taste. But because of the matching dial, it gives the watch a more subtle look and style, so it makes it more casual and versatile and also lets you focus more on the dial itself. The size can be a problem for some, but let me tell you that with time you might get used to it, bear in mind that this is not the best watch for a more dressy and elegant occasion, in fact, is more of a sport/everyday type of watch.
I would certainly recommend this watch, especially if you are a fan of the brand and the motorsports and don’t want to spend an insane amount of money on good, high quality, watch.
This was my review and humble opinions about the Formula 1 Calibre 6, please let me know what are your thoughts and opinions about the timepiece with a comment below. Would do you think about the fading effect on the dial?
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