|Case Size||42 mm|
|Water Resistance (Meters)||200|
|Glass Material||Sapphire Crystal|
|Warranty Period||2 Years|
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The ‘Oscillating Piston,' which is still used by major watchmakers of mechanical chronographs, was first designed and patented in 1887, by this company. Edoaurd Heuer, founded the company as Urhenmanufaktur Heuer AG in the year 1860. It was later sold to Techniques d’ Avant Grade in 1985, and came to be known as TAG Heuer. In 1999, the French conglomerate LVMH purchased the company. Their headquarters are currently based at Neuchatel, in Switzerland. In 1911, TAG Heuer obtained a patent for the "Time of Trip," the first dashboard chronograph, designed for use in automobiles and aircrafts. The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grand Date range presents before you a set of the most athletic looking watches brought to you by the company.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Grand Date WAU1114.BA0858 is an elegant timepiece for men, and has a sporty look. Housed in a ceramic case of 42mm, the watch has a robust apperance. The black and red bezel has the tachymeter facility, which helps to measure speed. Embedded with luminescent indexes, the round black dial has luminescent polished hour’s hands that point at the indexes, and a highlighted Arabic numeral at 12 o’ clock. It is protected with a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, which boosts the durability of the watch. The bracelet is made of beautiful stainless steel links, that complements the dial magnificently.
There's a sub-seconds’ dial and a date display window at 6 o' clock, for a better understanding of time. This timepiece is water resistant upto 200 metres under water, bestowing you the liberty up to go swimming and snorkelling with it. Powered with quartz movement, the watch keeps time with remarkable accuracy.
Tag Heuer has many notable celebrities including Brad Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Shah Rukh Khan as their brand ambassadors.
The Formula 1 collection of watches by Tag Heuer exemplifies the brand’s belief in excellence when it comes to precise timing and sleek aesthetics. Drawing inspiration from the McLaren Formula 1 team, these watches are the ultimate witness to Tag Heuer’s superior crafting and technological skills. A complete overhaul of the existing structure of the Formula 1 was witnessed in 2015, leading to two parallel editions of the collection, both of which offer ideal timepieces for racing as well as horology enthusiasts.
Tag Heuer’s reputation for innovation is upheld by the revolutionary ceramic made specifically for this line. Watches from this collection sport cases made of stainless steel, which is coated with black titanium carbide in certain editions for enhanced durability and an athletic allure. Simplistic index markers with occasional Arabic numerals denote hourly intervals of time. The dials are offered in shades of black, grey, and white, with multi-hued adornments bringing out the artistic mastery of the brand. Feminine versions of this collection sport bezels and dials imbedded with jewels for an element of glamourous appeal. Fluted working on the crown allows for a secure grip for comfortable adjustment of time, while at the same time adding a dimension of intrigue to these watches. The bracelet options are numerous- ranging from mono-toned to dual toned steel and rubber, to allow the watch connoisseur complete freedom in taking his pick.
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Customer Reviews on Formula 1 WAU1114.BA0858
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Read all watch reviews by Smitha Hemmigae
This is a Formula 1 styled watch, so it is obviously very sporty looking. You have a choice between a black and white face, but I opted for the black face because it matched the bezel. The entire watch has a brushed finish to it, which looks incredible. It looks very classy, and I would have no problem wearing this to a formal event. Tag Heuer is written everywhere. It is on the bezel (12 o'clock), crown, left side of the case, case back, safety clasp, and watch face. It isn't annoying, and if anything, I think it is kinda cool. It is 42mm across with the crown, and it sits about 12mm tall. The watch hands contrast nicely against the black dial, and I am sure the same can be said for the white dial. Overall, this watch has one of the most versatile designs out there. I would have liked to see a large hour hand that is still visible behind the minute hand, but I can understand why Tag decided not to do this, as it might not fit the overall style of this watch.
Bezel and Crown
To my surprise, this watch has a uni-directional rotating bezel on it. It has minute numbers every five minutes, but no individual minute markers. The numbers are embossed and provide good grip with the help of the cutouts in-between the numbers. It is coated in a titanium carbide. I think that this is a very good idea, because it means that the black paint will not chip off or scratch very easily (at all) and also adds very little weight to the watch. The crown and its protection shoulders have the same coating. The crown screws in and out very easily and smoothly, and has a brushed Tag logo on it.
The Tag WAH1114 sports a sapphire crystal. I am not sure if this is an inherit of sapphire glass (this is my first sapphire watch), but it fingerprints very easily. My mineral watches don't fingerprint this easily at all. It has an anti reflective coating on the inside which works very well. Once you get used to the fingerprinting issue, there is really nothing to complain about here.
Obviously, this is an entry-level Tag Heuer, so it is powered by a very accurate quartz movement. This makes it far more accurate than 95% of the automatic movements out there, gaining/loosing only 3 to 5 seconds a month. The date is quick-set. The single most impressive thing about this movement by far is the date change. This is absolutely phenomenal for a watch at this price point . The date shift is fully complete by 12:07. I was very impressed by this. Furthermore, the minute hand lines up perfectly with its marker when the second hand hits 0. This is to be expected, but I know of many watches at this price point that cannot do this.
The bracelet on this watch is very good as well. It is very comfortable, and doesn't constantly pull hairs as some of my other watches do. The bracelet tapers from about 20mm to 18mm. As I stated before, the bracelet does have a brushed finish. There is a fold over clasp with safety, so it is very secure on the wrist. I prefer push-buttons, but still isn't a deal breaker at all. The brushed finish doesn't allow scratches to be seen as easily. There are 3 micro adjustments, so you can get a good fitting with it. The safety is signed as well. I think the bracelet allows this watch to fit in with dressy environments better than the rubber strap. If you are a person wanting only one watch, the steel bracelet would be a good choice for this reason.
I wasn't expecting much of a lume from this watch. The paint isn't very thick on the hands, and since it isn't designed to be a full-on divers watch, there really isn't a reason to add a bright lume to it. I was pleasantly surprised. The lume is brighter than I though (the brightest of my 8 watches). With a lume that is clearly visible in a low lit room after about 8 hours, this watch passes the all-nighters test I will note that the hands are a slightly greener color than the markers and numbers.
This watch has a depth rating of 200 meters, which means this watch can technically be considered a divers watch. I do not recommend people buying this as a divers watch, however, because it is missing some other key features. It is missing a lume dot on the 12 o'clock position Also, it has a low battery warning on this watch as well. It jumps in 4 second increments every 4 seconds. I think this is a nice touch, and something you don't normally see on quartz watches. This watch has a very high-quality feel to it. Overall,I am very happy with my purchase.
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