Cars and planes and watches, oh my!

RACING, cars and planes: it all has a touch of masculinity, and a masterful new watch from IWC Schaffhausen brings all these worlds together in one watch.

IWC Schaffhausen and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team have unveiled the team’s first official watch for their collaboration. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team Edition features a black dial with printing and luminescence in the team’s signature Petronas green color. The chronograph comes with two calfskin and rubber straps that can be quickly swapped.

IWC Schaffhausen, the Swiss watch company founded in 1868, has been the official technical partner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team since 2013. For the first time under their partnership, IWC has developed an official watch for the team. This watch will be worn by the team made up of designers, aerodynamicists, race engineers, strategists and mechanics.

The new watch is made of light and rigid grade 5 titanium. Offering the highest strength-to-density ratio of any metal, titanium is also widely used in automotive engineering to produce automotive parts subject to immense stress, such as engine valves, thus strengthening the bond between watch and its professional wearers. It is powered by the IWC-made caliber 69385, a chronograph movement with a classic column-wheel design made up of 231 individual parts. A sapphire crystal back makes this movement visible. The watch measures 41.00 mm in diameter

“Haute horlogerie and racing are synonymous with precision, craftsmanship and performance engineering. But it’s the human factor – passion, love and dedication that makes the difference between good and great. This concept perfectly describes our longstanding partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team and we are celebrating this partnership with the launch of the new team watch in Miami,” said Chris Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC. Schaffhausen in a statement. The watch was launched at the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, held earlier this month in Florida.

The team watch is available for purchase exclusively online at iwc.com. — JLG

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