IWC Schaffhausen has developed two special edition watches, with its brand ambassadors and race-winning formula drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, each limited to 250 pieces. The IWC edition Nico Rosberg and IWC edition Lewis Hamilton.
Just days before the Singapore Grand Prix, the two Silver Arrow drivers each unveiled their own personal Ingenieur Chronograph. In addition, IWC Schaffhausen announces the renewal of its current partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team.
Apart from their professional interest in Formula One, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg also share a passion for mechanical watches. As brand ambassadors of IWC Schaffhausen, they had a hand in the design of their own watches, and. The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Lewis Hamilton” has a distinctly technical appeal, while the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Nico Rosberg” is both lighter and sportier in appearance. The main aims of the collaboration between IWC and the two outstanding MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers were to equip both teammates with a personalized and characteristic watch and to adapt the concept of “performance engineering” to the successful Silver Arrow drivers.
AT HOME OUT ON THE CIRCUIT
The fact that the watch chosen was a chronograph from the Ingenieur family was no coincidence. The chronograph is the epitome of sports timing and the Ingenieur collection pays tribute to the global partnership between IWC and Mercedes AMG Petronas with materials typically used in motorsport, such as titanium, carbon fibre and ceramic. For both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, the only conceivable material for the case was titanium. With a satin finish, the light grey metal used for the high-performance components in motorsport is particularly appealing.
The rugged timepieces have been equipped with one of the most efficient movements manufactured entirely by IWC, the 89361 calibre. Specially developed for this movement design, the IWC double-pawl winding system is one of most efficient drives used in haute horlogerie movements from IWC. The upper totalizerdisplaysclocked hours and minutes as clearly as the time of day. Stopped times up to one minute are measured by the central seconds hand. Another very practical feature for anyone who frequents the world’s racing circuits is the flyback function for measuring pit-stop times. Both of the special editions, which are each limited to 250 watches, have a special feature on the reverse side: inset into the titanium case back is a medallion of carbon fibre, which may well show signs of wear and tear. A certificate suppliedwith each watch confirms that the material originally comes from one of the Silver Arrow cars used byMercedes AMG Petronas. The back of the watch is sealed with a water-resistant sapphire glass that bears the personal logo of Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton on the inner surface.
Source WatchInsight and IWC.