Switzerland is home to the most prestige watch and jewellery show in the world, Baselworld. The annual event invites luxury watch brands such as TAG Heuer, Rolex, Gucci, Oris, Tudor, Citizen and many more to promote their latest innovation over the course of a week. Baselworld 2019 saw TAG Heuer unveil many new timepieces to their every growing portfolio; including the reinvention of the Autavia and the introduction of a 36mm ladies’ Carrera’s. Another watch reinvented and hitting our stores today in preparation for the 103rd motor-race is the Special Edition Indy 500.
Created with motor sport in mind; I anticipate that racing enthusiasts all over the world will be dying to get their hands on this special edition timepiece, whether as a memento of the Indy 500 event or just as an everyday watch. Special edition means this timepiece will be in short production and given TAG Heuer’s prestige motor-racing history the watch is sure to sell out.
What is the Indy 500?
Indy 500 is the nickname given to the world-famous motor-race the ‘Indianapolis 500’; which occurs on Memorial Day Bank Holiday weekend in America. The weekend is arguably the most paramount in motor-racing due to the Monaco grand prix and the Coca Cola 600 also occurring on the same day. Including 33 drivers and 500 miles, the race is part of the Indy car series for which TAG Heuer are the official timekeepers, the objective is to record the fastest lap.
Why are TAG Heuer so synonymously connected to motor racing?
TAG Heuer, previously ‘Heuer’ have since the early 1900’s been somewhat involved in the world of racing. One of their most decisive moments in history was 1950; when Heuer produced the worlds first miniature electronic timekeeping device – accurate to within 1 / 1000th of a second and used by many racing professionals of the time.
A famed history with motor-racing has earned TAG Heuer a great amount of respect from many recognisable racing heroes including Ayrton Senna and Clay Regazzoni and is why today, TAG Heuer is seen branded throughout many motor races across the world; including the Indy 500.
Taking form in the shape of the ever-loved Formula One, the collection includes advanced technology inspired by the extreme performance of the F1 teams and is worn by champion drivers across the world. Cutting edge ceramic material ensures the watch is comfortable enough for everyday life whilst also being tough enough to take on the most extreme races in the world.
One of the most interesting aspects of the timepiece would be a part which cannot be seen by others. The modified case back holds a commemorative tribute to the 103rd Indy 500 race which is exclusive to this model and will not be re-produced.
Differently to the previous special edition, the watch has a black dial and tachymeter which is enhanced through red and white detailing. Also exclusive to this watch is an Indy 500 plaque and card with the recently renovated TAG Heuer watch box packaging.
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