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.
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.