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TAG Heuer CAZ1014.BA0842 Review: Formula 1 Chronograph Watch

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Inspired by the McLaren Formula 1 racing team, the TAG Heuer watches continue to appeal to many people.

They seek to deliver a remarkable timepiece that is not only professional looking and elegant but is as accurate as can be.

In this TAG Heuer CAZ1014.BA0842 review, we will find out if this timepiece is as good as many people say.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph 43mm Mens Ref CAZ1014.BA0842
  • Featuring a Silver-tone Band, Silver-tone Case, Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal

Chronograph blue dial

We couldn’t help but notice that this watch features a spunky blue dial. The truth is that it looks classier than the more common black, white, and grey options.

The background creates a nice contrast with the silver hour and minute hands as well as the orange second hand. This combination makes viewing time easier especially considering that the hands are also luminous.

Right below the 12 o’clock marker, you will find the colored TAG Hour Shield Logo whereas the brand name and the Formula 1 inscription are found above the 6 o’clock marker.

The 12 and 6 o’clock markers are in Arabic numerals whereas the rest are in the form of plain silver sticks.

Fixed blue bezel

TAG Heuer CAZ1014.BA0842 angled

The timepiece has deviated from TAG Heuer tradition of using a ceramic bezel.

In this timepiece, they’ve opted for a blue aluminum bezel. Like many other users and analysts, we concur that it looks more stylish and sophisticated.

Inside the small bezel, you’ll find a minute scale that features orange marks after every 5-minute interval.

Also present is the racing-inspired tachymeter scale that merges nicely with the case and crystal. The choice of aluminum instead of stainless steel makes this unit a little lighter in weight.

Brushed steel strap with an option of nylon strap

This piece comes with a brushed steel bracelet that feels more solid and able to endure everyday use. It also should maintain its elegant appeal and the smooth finish.

One thing we like about the strap is its simplicity. It doesn’t have the unnecessary frills that are found in many watches.

And looking at it, you can tell it means business. For good harnessing to the hand, the timepiece relies on a brushed steel buckle.

You also have the option of a “technical nylon strap”, which is much lighter and more flexible. It also may feel smoother to the skin and will reduce the overall weight. The only worry is that nylon isn’t as strong as steel.

TAG Heuer CAZ1014.BA0842 on wrist

Trendy functional chronograph and steel case back

Similar to watches in the same category, this one also boasts of 3 subdials.

One is near the 3 o’clock point and shows running second, the other one is adjacent to the 6 o’clock hour marker and displays 1/ 10th second & hour while the third one, next to the 9 o’clock marker shows 30 minutes interval.

Like other case backs of watches in a similar class, it features a brushed steel case back. You’ll also notice the inscription stating the Ronda Swiss quartz movement.

Our verdict

The watch seems very solid and tough for everyday use, it has a nice round dial, good views, and the steel case, bracelet, and buckle are sturdy, wear-resistant, and also maintain their good appeal.

The downside is that the watch feels a little bulky and heavy. So, is the watch worth buying? Yes, it definitely is worth the money and time.