Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Replica

Find Tag Heuer Formula 1 Replica Swiss Made Grade 1

There are three models in the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Replica range, which replaces the Calibre 6 shown above. The only difference between the Calibre 5 and Calibre 6 range is that the new Calibre 5 has a central seconds hand, which replaces the small seconds register of the Calibre 6. Our view on the Calibre 6 was that we'd prefer a traditional seconds hand, but had no idea at the time of writing that our wish would be fulfilled so quickly.

A unique first. The exclusive Calibre 5 movement powers this, the first TAG Heuer Formula 1 automatic timepiece. Naturally, it features all the established TAG Heuer Formula 1 features, such as the case back with its classic checkered design. The unidirectional turning bezel crowns the exclusive new case shape, with its elegant, sculpted horns and choice of black or white dials. The choice is yours... but don't delay.

When TAG Heuer began to expand the range of mechanical Formula 1s in 2014, one of the new watches launched was the Calibre 6 family that you see above. Each sporting a 41mm steel case, the watches were on sale for only a few months before being replaced by the Calibre 5- the only difference between the two being that the Calibre 6 movement displays running seconds on a small sub-dial at 6 o'clock, while the Calibre 5 has a traditional seconds hand fixed on the centre stem with the hours and minutes hand.

The watch uses the standard Formula 1 Replica case, which nows seems to be at 43mm. TAG Heuer always used to prefer a 3-hand watch around the 41mm mark, with the chronograph being 43-44mm, but the "bigger is better" mantra has seen even the 3-hand watches upsized. While we're sure that the sales data bears this out as the right decision, we feel it's a shame to not have a strong offering in smaller case sizes- and 41mm is hardly "small".

The stainless steel case has a combination of polished and brushed finishes- polished around the side of the case, with a brushed upper case.

The other polished parts are the double crown and the bezel, with the bezel insert having a brushed finish. That brushed finishes extends to the bracelet and the end-pieces.