Juan Manuel Fangio marked motor racing like few ever will. The fabled Argentinian won the Formula One World Driver's Championship five times during the 1950s, setting a record that stood for 47 years before finally being broken in 2003.
TAG Heuer commemorates this milestone in racing history with a new limited edition celebrating Juan Manuel Fangio's achievements: a Formula One chronograph featuring a racing-stripe in Argentinian colors on the dial and Fangio's distinctive signature on the back of the 43mm case.
Sixty years after Juan Manuel ‘El Maestro’ Fangio’s fourth consecutive victory in the 1957 Drivers’ World Championship, the watch was unveiled in London at the renowned historic car dealer and restorer J.D. Classics, displaying a piece of Fangio memorabilia - a 1952 Jaguar C-Type.
Christian Horner OBE, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing Formula One Team, attended the launch event, partaking in a question and answer session led by broadcaster and journalist James Allen about motor racing thrill and personalities that shaped the sport.
Fangio started being a professional racing driver relatively late in his life and made his competition debut in 1938. He soon became a master of South America's endurance events - including the notorious Carrera Panamericana in Mexico, which would inspire Jack Heuer years later to design the Carrera collection.
Juan Manuel fast driving skills allowed him to win his first Formula One championship in 1951. In 1953, Fangio won again the race. The legends says he was wearing a Heuer watch on his wrist. He then captured his fourth title with Ferrari in 1956 and his fifth the following year with Maserati, before retiring in 1958 with 24 World Championship Grand Prix wins from 52 starts - still the highest percentage in F1 history.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Fangio edition will be available limited to 900 pieces and is supplied on a matching steel bracelet.