TAG Heuer honours racing history with limited edition launch

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A Swiss watchmaking giant has turned back the clock to celebrate a landmark achievement in motorsport history.

TAG Heuer is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Juan ‘El Maestro’ Fangio’s fourth consecutive victory in the 1957 Drivers’ World Championship with the release of a limited edition timepiece.

The new TAG Heuer Formula One Fangio Limited Edition Formula 1 chronograph features a racing-stripe in Argentinian colours on the dial and Fangio’s distinctive signature on the back of the 43mm case.

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The watch was unveiled at the London showroom of renowned historic car dealer and restorer J.D. Classics in the presence of a piece of Fangio memorabilia, a 1952 Jaguar C Type that he bought new after spotting it on the Jaguar stand at that year’s Belgian Motor Show.

The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Fangio edition will be available limited to 900 pieces and is supplied on a matching steel bracelet and will retail for £1,350.

Christian Horner OBE, team principal of Red Bull Racing Formula 1 Team, was in attendance at the launch event to participate in a question and answer session led by broadcaster and journalist James Allen on the motivation of motor racing and the personalities that shaped the sport.

Fangio, who became a professional racing driver relatively late in life after spells as a footballer, motor mechanic and soldier, made his competition debut in 1938 behind the wheel of a Ford V8 in the Turismo Carretera.

Further models in tribute to Fangio were released by TAG Heuer in 2007 and 2011: a 4,000-piece edition to mark the 50th anniversary of Fangio’s final World Championship win, followed by a 300-piece edition of the Formula 1 to commemorate the centenary of the driver’s birth.

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