During the 1970s, Heuer was profoundly associated with Formula One as the ideal communication device to advance its dashing chronographs. Some Carrera watches – rare ones with gold cases, under the reference 1158 CHN – were talented by Jack Heuer to effective drivers. In 1972, Jack gave Swedish F1 Driver Ronnie Peterson such a watch – a watch that was recently auctioned. On the off chance that the first one is currently important for the brand’s exhibition hall assortment, a chance to get your hands on a 1:1 replica will be offered by TAG and Bonham’s during the upcoming Monaco Auction “Les Grandes Marques”, with proceeds going to the Peterson foundation.
Ronnie Peterson or “SuperSwede” was a Swedish dashing driver who raced in Formula One from 1970 to 1978 for Lotus, Tyrell and March Racing. Over his long career, he won 10 Formula One Grand Prix, reached 26 platform and achieved the third spot at the 1973 Drivers’ Championship. His career reached a sensational conclusion at the 1978 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, after a lethal first-lap mishap. Regardless of the sensational end, Peterson wound up second at the Drivers’ Championship of that year, behind his partner Mario Andretti.
Back to watches. In 1972, a full gold model (case and Milanese wristband) of the Heuer Carrera 1158 CHN was given to the Swedish pilot by Jack Heuer, when Ronnie won the Red and White Joseph Siffert Prize for his presentation in the German Grand Prix on the Nürburgring circuit. The rear of the watch was engraved with “Achievement Ronnie Peterson from Jack W. Heuer”.
This watch, which is currently important for TAG Heuer’s assortment and displayed at the La Chaux-de-Fonds historical center, was auctioned by Sotheby’s in May 2016 , reaching an impressive CHF 225,000 result. The reference 1158 CHN in gold, known as the “Pilot’s Watch”, was expected to be only for Ferrari pilots (as Heuer was one of the fundamental backers of the Italian group), be that as it may, its colossal fame persuaded Jack Heuer to deliver extra pieces. Ronnie Peterson’s watch is currently in the hands of the brand and won’t be auctioned again soon… except if something close shows up on the market.
Commemorating Peterson’s career and to raise assets for the Ronnie Peterson Foundation – headed by his little girl, Nina Peterson – TAG Heuer has created a unique re-edition of this watch, to be auctioned on 11th May in Monaco at the “Les Grandes Marques” deal at Bonhams – parcel 111, to be seen here , with a gauge of EUR 20,000 – EUR 30,000.
The watch itself, known as the ref. CBH2240, is a 1:1 replica in strong yellow gold, with a similar 38mm measurement, a similar Milanese gold bracelet, two dark counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, a Côtes de Genève champagne shading dial, a date window at 6 o’clock, a bezel with tachymeter scale and a crown set on the left. Inside is the advanced Caliber 11 (not the vintage Caliber 11).
Alongside this watch, Nina Peterson is additionally putting a vehicle marked down – the Formula 3 Ronnie rode to win the Monaco Grand Prix Supporting Race in 1969 ( parcel 110, recorded here ). This watch is offered in the interest of TAG Heuer and the returns of the two parts will go to the Ronnie Peterson Memorial Foundation, respecting his inheritance and supporting abilities in motorsport. More subtleties on Bonham’s site and on tagheuer.com .