Friday, May 25, 2007

Keeping track of time La Carrera Panamericana Style

Since someone brought it up and seeing how it is related I thought it only fair to mention the famous TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph (Click on "Carrera").

The “Carrera Panamericana” was an epic race that was started in the 1950s and attracted many of the leading drivers of the time. Juan Manuel Fangio, the famous Argentinian driver who was Formula 1 World Champion five times, won the race in 1953. To pay tribute to this unique adventure, in 1963 TAG Heuer launched the Carrera Chronograph that combined refinement with the spirit of sport. It was an immediate success. It has been modernised but still retains its sober elegance. The Carrera perfectly embodies the vibrant memory of the era of “Gentleman drivers.”

Carrera is Spanish for "race", evoking the famous Carrera Panamericana rally in Mexico. Big name drivers like Juan Pablo Montoya and Jeff Gordon wear it, and while the TAG line is full of iconic motorsport-inspired timepieces (like the square Monaco popularized by Steve McQueen in Le Mans), the Carrera
Automatic Chronograph Tachymetre is many driver's favorite.

And speaking of Juan Fangio, for the real connoisseur try this on for size. It's an original watch worn and then given by Fangio to his #1 mechanic. This 1950s Vetta manual watch is silver with a silver face, two subdials, and was worn by Fangio, and then later gifted to his friend and mechanic. It's inscribed at the back - Para mi amigo, companero y mecanico "Jungo" Justo Perez este presente de todo corazon 10/8/58 Juan Manuel Fangio. The front is marked "Cuervo Y Sobrinos, Habana", which was a famous store in Cuba specializing in high end watches. This was the year Fangio drove the Maserati 250F, having also raced for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Lancia. This is an incredible piece of automotive history - perfect for the car or watch enthusiast. In case you're wondering it's also been sold. See, you snooze, you lose.

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But we all know ROLEX is the indisputable king of wristwatches.

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