Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton present their own IWC watches
October 14, 2014: Together with its brand ambassadors and Formula One drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has developed two special edition watches, each limited to 250 pieces. The two Silver Arrow drivers have unveiled their own personal Ingenieur Chronograph. In addition, IWC Schaffhausen has announced the renewal of its current partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
As brand ambassadors of IWC Schaffhausen, Mr Rosberg and Mr Hamilton had a hand in the design of their own watches, and, prior to the first practice sessions on the track, appeared for their presentation at an IWC event in Singapore.
The results are impressive: 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. “Lewis and Nico surprised us with their concrete ideas as to how their ideal watches would look,” says Christian Knoop, Creative Director of IWC Schaffhausen.
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 totalizer displays clocked 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 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.