Race Against TIME

50 years af­ter the Ford GT40’s leg­endary first win at Le Mans 24 hours, Tag Heuer hon­ours the leg­ends with this mas­ter­piece.

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Watches & Jewellery -

It was a fine sum­mer’s day in 1968 when the 24-hours of Le Mans took place un­der very con­tro­ver­sial con­di­tions. The race was held par­tic­u­larly late in the year as op­posed to the usual mid-sum­mer June event due to the civil un­rest in France. Fer­rari had pulled out in protest of the three-litre reg­u­la­tion, leav­ing Ford and Porsche to bat­tle for the top step of the podium. Ford jumped at the chance, de­ploy­ing their dis­tinc­tive light blue and or­ange liv­er­ied Ford GT40, backed by Gulf Oil. Porsche, the veteran in the rac­ing cat­e­gory, were the top favourite of the race, but no­body ex­pected the Ford GT40, driven by Pe­dro Ro­driguez and Lu­cien Bianchi, to defy the odds and win the race.

The leg­endary win ce­mented the Gulf Oil-liv­er­ied Ford GT40 into rac­ing his­tory and now, 50 years later, Tag Heuer is com­mem­o­rat­ing the leg­endary win with the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Gulf Spe­cial Edi­tion time­piece. The watch fea­tures the Gulf Oil logo etched onto the back of the case, while the steel case is paired with a finely-crafted blue leather strap with or­ange stitch­ing to match the Gulf Oil colours.

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