Published on December 1st, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
IWC Celebrates Mercedes F1’s Win With Two Watches
Very limited and probably sold out by the time you are reading this release.
IWC Schaffhausen has dedicated two extraordinary limited edition Pilot’s Watches to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. With only a limited number pieces produced there is a good chance that Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team will buy out the entire edition without allowing any of us to take one for our wrist.
PRESS RELEASE: The special editions feature a matte black zirconium oxide ceramic case and a carbon fibre dial – both high-tech materials, used also in the premium class models such as the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+. The striking black design with PETRONAS Emerald Green accents was inspired by the team colours of the six-time world champion and IWC partner.
The recipe for Formula One™ success doesn’t just require cutting-edge technology and a truly exceptional driver in the cockpit – an extraordinary sense of team spirit is also essential. Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has combined all these factors: The team from the UK has won the FIA Formula One™ World Constructors’ Championship for the sixth year running*. IWC Schaffhausen has been the team’s “Official Engineering Partner” since 2013. The manufacturer has now honoured its partner with two limited special editions in the Pilot’s Watches range.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport” (Ref. IW503003) is limited to 10 watches. It is housed in a case made of matte black zirconium oxide ceramic and features a black carbon fibre dial. The printing and the luminous material in the team colour of PETRONAS Emerald Green create a striking colour accent on the dial. The perpetual calendar automatically detects the different number of days in the month and adds an extra day at the end of February every four years. Its mechanical programme will not need adjusting until 2100. The IWC-manufactured calibre 52615 guarantees a precise watch rate with a Pellaton automatic winding system. The notably heavy-duty components of the winding such as the eccentric or the automatic wheel are made from ceramic that is virtually wear-free. The two barrels store an ample power reserve of seven days. The black calfskin strap adds to the sporty look of this large Pilot’s Watch.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Mercedes- AMG Petronas Motorsport” (Ref. IW389005) is limited to 50 watches, featuring a black ceramic case and a black carbon fibre dial. The small seconds at 6 o’clock and the seams on the black calf leather strap provide accents in the team colour of PETRONAS Emerald Green. The IWCmanufactured calibre 89361 displays the timed hours and minutes together on a subdial at 12 o’clock. With the flyback function, a simple press of the reset button can instantly start timing again. This function is also used on the race track to determine the fastest lap time. The two watches are now available in IWC Boutiques or from authorised retailers.