TAG Heuer was joined this weekend by Formula 1 legend Alain Prost, who attended the Festival for the very first time to celebrate the 80th birthday of the company's Honorary Chairman Jack Heuer.

As part of his ambassadorial role with TAG Heuer, Prost unveiled a unique photographic exhibition dedicated to his remarkable career as a racing driver, a career which included 51 victories, 33 pole positions and 106 podium finishes between 1980 and 1993. The exhibition, which had been curated with Lord March, showcased 100 images – many unseen – ranging from the candid to the posed, and illustrating the sheer agony and ecstasy Prost experienced during one of the most tag heuer replica watches uk and dangerous eras of Formula 1 racing.

In celebration of Jack Heuer's 80th birthday, Goodwood showcased a special Celebration Class of iconic cars representing the brand's unique association with the heritage of the sport stretching right back from 1958 up until the current day. TAG Heuer also used the Festival to unveil the Carrera Calibre 17 Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Limited Edition 41mm chronograph. The special edition model was unveiled alongside the all-new ‘Speed' Collection, consisting of three Carrera models designed exclusively for the UK.

When Jean-Christophe Babin arrived in Switzerland at the end of 2000 to take over as TAG Heuer's CEO, he settled his family with 3 children on the shores of Lake Geneva and started working in earnest to discover a new industry – watchmaking.

10 years on, he is now the father of 5 children: a 20 year old daughter born in France and now at a Business School in Shanghai, an 18 year old son in his last year at a Federal High school before going on to study Political Sciences and journalism, a 9 year old boy born in Germany, a girl aged 7 and a « tiny tot » of 5 - both born in Morges, Switzerland. When asked how he can balance his highly demanding professional life as CEO of one of the world's leading top-quality watch companies and raise 5 children at the same time, he calmly replies: “First of all I am lucky to have an exceptional wife who manages the Babin family as a small company, to have problem-free children and an exceptional living environment, Switzerland, that more easily than anywhere in the world, allows you to come back from Singapore on a Friday morning, work in La Chaux de Fonds during the afternoon and be up in Villars for a skiing week-end on Friday evening. I have loved mountains and lakes since i was a young kid and my grandparents had a large holiday home on the shores of Lake Annecy, so for me living in Switzerland is like landing in Paradise. For us this region is the ultimate blend of France http://www.malloyveneer.com/hublot-replica-best-seller.html, Italy and Germany, our 3 countries”. It has to be said that, apart from his family, Jean-Christophe Babin is an accomplished sportsman. He loves sailing, is passionate about sliding and gliding sports and would not dream of missing the opportunity of savouring new sensations such as that of Formula 1, for example, as part of the TAG Heuer FE-LSR sports driving school that enables Mr Babin, and other Vips of the brand, to have uniquely exciting experiences at the wheel of a 700 cc single-seater on the Barcelona track. “My greatest thrill? Probably the Signes bend on the Castellet track, at 240 km per hour at the wheel of the Peugeot 905 that won the Le Mans 24 hours in 1993. Simply extraordinary and difficult to put into words”, he adds with a passionate glow in his eyes.

Mastery of Luxury is certainly in his DNA. It is part of him, and he cannot get away from it. Even though, Jean-Christophe Babin, the CEO of TAG Heuer watches, has spent a big part of his career in mass consumer goods and consulting, with P&G and later with the Boston Consulting Group.

Of course the family environment also plays a role as does the fact that he was born into a family of lawyers – his father was a notary, his mother an administrator, his sister a lawyer and his brother-in-law a judge – where family members have always found the time to love life and beautiful things, and this must have something to do with his approach to watchmaking. The taste he has acquired for making and selling beautiful timepieces may also be due to the fact that Jean-Christophe Babin's nights were spent listening to the rhythmic ticking of the 17th and 18th century grand-father clocks his father had collected.

However, his career started in a completely different field. A brilliant student, he finished his schooling early (the HEC, French Business School, and an MBA), which enabled him to do his military service in exceptional Omega Replica Watches UK, Cool Replica Omega Best seller, as aide de camp to Admiral de Gaulle, who at the time was Inspector General of the French Navy. "An enriching experience all round. Aged 21, I travelled all over the world, visiting all the French and overseas bases; I took part in events such as the United states Bicentenary and had the privilege of developing at the side of a man who told me of his life in London and about that of his father, General de Gaulle, during the war. That enabled me to be in direct contact with history and geopolitics ".

But an army career did not appeal to Jean-Christophe Babin. After his military service, he granted himself a sabbatical. With his then girlfriend, he backpacked in India and the Himalayas. "Part of my family comes from Grenoble and that is why I am so fond of mountains. I have always been particularly attracted by travel, the discovery of different people and cultures, and other philosophies of life. ".