The answer I've got (thanks to user3467290) :
There is a very important difference between these forms.
In the first, the register value will be generated, using all defined constraints, + the constraint you wrote in this action (field1 == 1). The new generated value will be written to the DUT.
In the second code, what you state is that you want to modify only one field of the register - field1. What will happen is that vr_ad will get the current value of the register from the e model (the shadow model), change field1 - and will write the new value the the register in the DUT. None of the other register's fields will be changed. Also - there is no check that the value you assign to field1 complies with the constraints defined on this register.