Lewis Hamilton’s pre-race get together with team mate Nico Rosberg to share his passion for watches, specifically IWC Ingenieur watches, must have been just the lucky charm he needed to dramatically seize first place following a skillful maneuver on the track in steamy Singapore last Sunday.
As brand ambassadors of IWC Schaffhausen, both Hamilton and Rosberg had a hand in the design of their own watches.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Lewis Hamilton” (Ref. IW379602) has a distinctly technical appeal, while the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Nico Rosberg” (Ref. IW379603) is both lighter and sportier in appearance. The aim of the collaboration between IWC and the two drivers is to equip both teammates with a personalized watch and to adapt the concept of “performance engineering” to the successful Silver Arrow drivers.
The fact that the watch chosen was a chronograph from the Ingenieur family was no coincidence. The chronograph represents 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. Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, opted for durable, lightweight titanium. The rugged timepieces have been equipped with one of the most efficient movements manufactured entirely by IWC, the 89361 calibre, equipped with IWC double-pawl winding system.
Stopped times up to one minute are measured by the central seconds hand while the flyback function measures 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 supplied with each watch confirms that the material originally comes from one of the Silver Arrow cars used by Mercedes 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.
Lewis Hamilton’s timepiece
“I wanted to have a watch that featured a lot of technology,” says Lewis Hamilton. The racing driver prefers metal bracelets and chose rugged, skin-friendly titanium for the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Lewis Hamilton”. It’s the only watch in the entire IWC collection with a titanium bracelet.
Nico Rosberg’s timepiece
“For me, IWC watches epitomise not only complex technology and unmatched performance but also passion and emotions. These were also the elements that I wanted my watch to embody. I was certain that the combination of my favourite material, titanium, with the black strap and the bright dial would create a striking contrast.” The yellow colour of the seconds hand and of the hands in the totalizer at “12 o’clock” recalls the neon yellow helmet that was Nico Rosberg’s trademark for 7 years. The watch features a rubber strap, which has an added touch of luxury with its embossed calfskin inlay and grey quilted stitching.
During the friendly meeting IWC Schaffhausen also announced an extension of its association with AMG Petronas for a further three years.
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