The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavee (ref. WAH1219.BA0859) features a nice looking combination of high-grade steel, mirror-polished black ceramic and around 140 clear Top Wesselton diamonds totaling almost 0.65 carat.
I am going to start this small “initial impressions” review by defining the major drawback of this watch: it looks like a Chanel timekeeper.
Not that Chanel watches are bad, m’kay. It’s just that one could rightfully expect TAG Heuer to be more original while designing its (quite) expensive timepieces.
One could argue about subtle differences in styling and all, but I must tell you that when I put a first glance at an image of this watch, my first thought was, like, “ah, yet another iteration of Chanel J12 ceramic, okay.”
It took me a second glance to catch that familiar TAG Heuer logo which is placed at 12 o’clock on its matte black dial.
If you compare the two models, you will notice that both feature the same proportions to their bezels and dials. They are adorned with almost identical diamonds that serve as hour markers, as well as feature the signature subtle crown guards (these were possibly influenced by Rolex watches in both cases.)
The only major difference between the two is that the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavee model is issued in a much smaller case.
Crafted from 316L stainless steel, it measures only 37 millimeters in diameter, which makes it more suitable for a fragile womanly wrist. Also, the five-row bracelet, which is, too, made from steel with black ceramic inserts, looks more feminine than the unisex job chosen for the Chanel J12.
The bezel of the WAH1219.BA0859 is basically a steel ring with 12 black ceramic inserts and 84 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.47 carat.)
The center of its dial is paved with 54 more diamonds of the same class providing the watch with that understated elegance that you will rarely see in this segment.
According to official specifications, the new watch is powered by a well-known ETA F05.111 quartz movement.
Coming with the standard three hands and a simple calendar, the movement is built on three jewels, which makes it more durable than the throw-away Chinese plastic “movements,” but, having a base price of around 20-25 euro, it is still too cheap for such a watch. TAG Heuer should really be ashamed of itself.
However, if you don’t care about calibers, reference numbers and technical specs, you can really consider getting this watch: the movement is wide-spread and is interchangeable with some other quartz jobs from ETA and other Swiss watchmakers. Even if it finally gets broken, there will be no problem replacing it with another caliber.
Photos: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady Steel & Ceramic Pavee (ref. WAH1219.BA0859) specification
Price: €4800 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, caliber ETA F05.111, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 3
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: A couple of years
Case and Crown material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Steel with black ceramic inserts and 84 diamonds
Size: 37.00 mm
Dial: Black, 64 diamonds
Hour markers: Diamonds
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Five rows in steel and black ceramic with butterfly clasp and safety pushers
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Back: Solid, engraved