To celebrate 16 years as the Official Timekeeper of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the 104th Indianapolis 500 race, TAG Heuer has unveiled a special-edition timepiece that honors its long-standing partnership with the premier league of open-wheel racing in North America.
Known as one of the oldest automobile races and part of the famous “Triple Crown”, the Indy 500 is a 500-mile race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana and is one of the most-attended single-day sporting events in the world.
Designed in collaboration with the INDYCAR team, the 43mm Formula 1 Indy 500 2020 Special Edition chronograph represents the luxury watchmaker’s passion for the intensity and spirit of motor racing, with rich, eye-catching red accents including a brick motif on the dial to honor the Indy racetrack’s “The Brickyard” nickname and history.
The Indy 500 logo is displayed on the 6 o’clock subdial with “Indy 500” engraved in red on the ceramic bezel. The detailed black dial enhances the daring and sporty aesthetic of this model, and is complete with three azurage-patterned subdials: 3 o’clock permanent second indicator, 6 o’clock hour chronograph counter and 1/10th second chronograph counter-embellished with the Indy 500 logo, and a 9 o’clock minute chronograph counter, with a date window at 4 o’clock.
The quartz-powered chronograph is presented on a durable black rubber strap to easily size and fit the watch over a racing suit. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Indy 500 2020 Special Edition is water resistant to 200 meters and highly shock resistant.
This is limited to 1500 units and will be seen on the wrist of TAG Heuer friend and NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver, Alexander Rossi, at this year’s Indy 500 race.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway racetrack has been known among fans as “The Brickyard” dating back to the early 20th century. When the race-course first opened in August 1909, the track surface was made of gravel and tar which caused a number of accidents. After many concerns and complaints over safety, the track was subsequently repaved with 3.2 million 10-pound bricks and a final brick laid by the governor of Indiana. Over time, the bricks were paved over with asphalt except for a 1-yard strip of bricks at the start / finish line that remains exposed, but its fabled history as “The Brickyard” endures. Victorious drivers also continue the tradition of kneeling and “kissing the bricks.”
For this year’s special timepiece, TAG Heuer has the brick motif splashed across the dial to pay homage to the long and storied history of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track.
Model: TAG Heuer Formula 1 43 mm Indy 500 2020 Special Edition
Chronograph with minutes and 1/10th seconds, permanent second indicator; hours, minutes; central chronograph seconds hand, date
Black DLC steel and sand blasted case
Ceramic black sand blasted tachymeter fixed bezel
Flat sapphire crystal
Sand blasted black DLC steel screw-down crown
Steel screw-down case back with special Indy 500 engraving
Water resistance to 200 meters
Black textured dial (asphalt and red bricks pattern)
Black flange with 60 second / minute scale
3 o’clock silver “azurage” permanent second Indicator
6 o’clock silver “azurage” hour chronograph counter / 1/10th second chronograph counter
9 o’clock silver “azurage” minute chronograph counter
Rhodium plated applied indices, hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®
4 o’clock angled date
Black rubber and leather strap
Pin buckle with fine-brushed steel