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TAG Heuer pays tribute to partner Gulf in Le Mans
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TAG Heuer pays tribute to partner Gulf in Le Mans

Monday, 25 June 2018
By The FHH Journal editors
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On June 17, Sébastien Buemi with team-mates Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Toyota TS050 Hybrid. Fifty years previously, the winning car sported Gulf Oil livery. TAG Heuer was at the legendary racetrack to reveal the new Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition in honour of its partner’s victory.

On 29th September 1968, the Ford GT 40, sporting the orange and blue livery of Gulf Oil, achieved its first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fifty years later, TAG Heuer, a partner of Gulf, was revisiting the famous race to celebrate this auspicious anniversary by launching the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition, as well as a 50-piece limited, engraved edition of the Monaco Gulf. Two flagship models from the TAG Heuer collections bearing the legendary orange and blue of Gulf.

Formula 1 Edition Spéciale Gulf © TAG Heuer
Formula 1 Edition Spéciale Gulf © TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer Formula 1 is the ultimate automotive model, synonymous with performance and speed. Entirely in steel and measuring 43mm in diameter, this quartz chronograph features a notched steel bezel and an aluminium ring with a tachymeter scale. On the dial, one blue stripe and one orange stripe recall the model’s origins. The case-back is engraved with the Gulf logo. The movement is accurate to a tenth of a second – an indispensable feature in a motor racing watch – displayed on the small counter at 6 o’clock, with the minute counter at 9 o’clock and the current seconds counter at 3 o’clock. This model features a finely-crafted blue leather strap with orange stitching for a sporty, stylish look.

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