The esteemed Swiss watchmaker, Tag Heuer has taken the colours of blue and orange and lent them a dignified, sporty appeal. The hues of Gulf Oil, a Tag brand partner and Formula 1 sponsor render their racecars eye-catching—and now Tag Heuer is doing the same with Formula 1 Gulf Special Edition, as well as a 50-piece limited, engraved edition of the Monaco Gulf. These celebratory pieces commemorate the 50thanniversary of the 29th September 1968, when the Ford GT 40, sporting the trademark orange and blue of Gulf Oil, rose to its first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 is the superlative automotive timepiece, noteworthy for high performance and speed. Crafted entirely of steel and measuring 43 mm in diameter, this quartz chronograph is replete with a notched steel bezel and an aluminum ring with tachymeter scale. On the dial, one blue stripe and one orange stripe nod to 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, and 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. The watch features a finely crafted blue leather strap with orange stitching for a handsome, athletic look.