This new Formula 1 vividly depicts that brick line that cuts across the 3 o'clock side of the dial for dramatic effect, but while this patterned racing stripe would be dramatic on its own, the surface of the dial elevates it to the next level. The black surface replica watches of the main dial is heavily veined in a compelling representation of asphalt, while the thicker paint on the brick stripe softens this effect a bit for a more brick-like visual texture. It's a dramatic visual cue that surely won't be to everyone's taste, but it's a well-paid tribute to one of the most famous racetracks in the world. With this in mind however, the date window at 4 o'clock could prove to be even more controversial as it drastically alters the overall visual distribution of weight.
The rest of the dial design is more orthodox, with all three subdials given a silver blued treatment to ensure that the mostly dull watch isn't completely devoid of light play at changing angles. Similarly, tapered baton hands and a bold mix of indexes and Arabic numerals maintain the same polished sheen as other Formula 1 iterations. The dials themselves are also home to some bespoke visual cues, with partial scales for both seconds and seconds. the chronograph minutes accented in a suitable shade of brick red. The 1/20th of a second subdial at 6 o'clock adds another pop of detail and color with the finely rendered emblem of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
TAG Heuer provides very few details surrounding the quartz chronograph movement powering the Formula 1 Indy 500 2020 Special Edition. As a quartz movement, however, it offers some advantages in terms of accuracy and durability, even if it may lack the cachet of a mechanical powertrain. Furthermore, this movement has proven itself reliably across much of the Formula 1 lineup in recent years. Combining the best elements of a rally and tropic band, this is a versatile band option that maintains the aggressive tag heuer replica matte black color scheme with a modern motorsport twist. TAG Heuer's aggressive graphic interpretation of the 2020 Indy 500 tribute might alienate some enthusiasts, but the finishes and details help make it a clever visual homage to one of racing's greatest events. Only 1,500 examples of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 2020 Special Edition will be made, now available through authorized dealers at an MSRP of $2,050.