Even if you havent been folowing the Formula 1 races that intensively for the last months, you’ll know there is something going on. That something or rather said, someone is Max Verstappen. Youngest Formula 1 driver ever and even youngest Winner ever with his victory at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. To honour this moment, Tag Heuer has made him a limited edition watch.
Since the Spanish Grand Prix in 2016 Max has been a member of the Red Bull Racing team. In the first Grand Prix race of his career for the new team he set a phenomenal precedent, becoming the youngest Formula One Grand Prix winner of all time. Following this sensational victory on the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, team partner TAG Heuer decided to bring out a special edition for Max – a timepiece in honour of the youngest Grand Prix winner in Formula One history. With the watch, Max Verstappen’s fans now also have the opportunity to wear a little piece of racing history on their wrists.
Speaking after the event, Max Verstappen said: “It’s cool for me to have a brand like TAG Heuer create a special edition watch in my name. I’m only very young in my career so I would not really expect such things, but the watch is really nice so I’m happy to be given it! It’s been a fun day. When you’re travelling so much it’s nice to occasionally do these events in your home country, so it’s been a good one.”
A landmark agreement back in December 2015 saw TAG Heuer become the Official Timekeeper & Official Watch of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. The two brands announced the new name of the 2016 car, “Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer RB12”, with TAG Heuer being included in the team’s official constructor listing. It is the first time a watchmaker has ever been named directly in the constructors’ listing in this way.
Red Bull Racing has amassed four Double World Champion titles, having won the FIA Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles each year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. However, it was Red Bull Racing’s refreshing approach to the sport and to entertainment which appealed to TAG Heuer, one which is perfectly in line with the Swiss watch brand’s new marketing strategy.
To celebrate the first year of partnership with the most unorthodox team in Formula 1, TAG Heuer introduced during the Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco two special watches called TAG Heuer Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Formula One Team editions with stainless steel bracelet and blue nato strap.
In addition to these two team watches TAG Heuer now presents the drivers watch, TAG Heuer Formula One Max Verstappen Youngest Grand Prix Winner Special Edition. It has a blue aluminium bezel with tachymetre scale and a specially marked orange space on the dial (from 0-180 of the tachymetre scale) with the “18” of the 180 in bold to underline the age of Max when he won his first Formula One Grand Prix. Other highlights of the watch include an orange perforated calf leather strap and “TAG Heuer Formula One Max Verstappen Youngest Grand Prix Winner Special Edition” engraved on the back of the case. This edition will be available from November 2016.
43 mm in diameter, made from polished and brushed steel
Fixed bezel made from polished and sand-blasted steel and matte blue aluminium, with a silver-plated tachometer scale
Polished steel screw-down “Easy Grip” crown with TAG Heuer logo
Brushed steel crown protection – Push-buttons in polished steel
Screw-down case back in brushed steel with the text “Red Bull Racing”
Water-resistant to 200 m
Ronda 5040D – Quartz chronograph with date window at 4 o’clock
Blue with 3 white counters: a 1/10 second counter and chronograph hour
counter at 6 o’clock, a chronograph minute counter at 9 o’clock and a current
seconds counter at 3 o’clock
Hand-applied faceted and polished indices with luminescent markers
Polished hour and minute hands with luminescent markers
Black gold polished counter hands with red tips
Red central seconds hand
Printed TAG Heuer logo and text “TAG Heuer – FORMULA 1”
Blue and red printed minute track