Thanks to Steve McQueen’s ‘Le Mans’ film, personal sponsorship of Jo Siffert, and an involvement with Ferrari in the 1970s, the Heuer watch brand has become synonymous with cars and motor racing.
The company was founded in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, in 1860 by Edouard Heuer and now, branded ‘TAG Heuer’, is one of the world’s leading watch manufacturers, well known for its association with the McLaren Formula One team.
Step back a few decades and the often futuristically designed chronometers were standard equipment for Grand Prix and sportscar drivers of the standing of Siffert. Nowadays, they are highly collectible and enthusiasts such as Arno Michael Haslinger have been collecting Heuer watches for many years.
Haslinger, who has recently written the definitive guide to Heuer watches, will be offering an 81-watch collection on Wednesday 15 December at Bonhams New Bond Street, London. Estimates range from £5000 to £15,000. TAG Heuer (celebrating its 150th anniversary, and which will be working in partnership with Bonhams for this very special sale) has donated a one-off version of its recently launched ‘Silverstone’, incorporating Jack Heuer’s signature, with proceeds donated to the Green Cross International charity.
Bonhams will likewise make a contribution to this cause as will Haslinger himself, presenting an original Silverstone from his collection.
For further information, see www.bonhams.com
Text: Steve Wakefield
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