Published on November 12th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
TAG Heuer F1 Fangio, Limited To Just 900 Pieces
60-years after the 1957 victory, the new TAG Heuer F1 Fangio Limited Edition marks the legacy of the celebrated sportsman and long-time inspiration of Jack Heuer.
With its heritage firmly cemented in motorsport, TAG Heuer commemorates this milestone in racing history with an exceptional new watch that celebrates Fangio‘s achievements, a F1 chronograph featuring 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 remarkable 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.
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 TurismoCarretera.
TAG Heuer’s motto ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ applies perfectly to friend-of-the- brand Fangio, which is why the celebrated Swiss watch maker, famed for its century-long links with motor sport, first honored him in 2001 with a 200-piece limited edition ‘Targa Florio’ chronograph that was dedicated to the driver and named after the famous Sicilian road race which he contested in 1953 and 1955, finishing third and second respectively.
Further models in tribute to Fangio were released by TAG Heuer in 2007 and 2011 which was 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 F1 to commemorate the centenary of the driver’s birth.
Some of the sale proceeds of these highly collectable Fangio editions have gone to the Museo Juan Manuel Fangio, which was opened in his home town of Balcarce in 1986 nine years before he died.
The TAG Heuer F1 Fangio edition will be available limited to just 900 pieces and is supplied on a matching steel bracelet. The price in England will be £1,350.00.