Formula 1 drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, were in Singapore recently to present two special edition IWC Schaffhausen watches.
Just days before the Singapore Grand Prix, the two Silver Arrow drivers, each unveiled their own personal Ingenieur Chronographs – each limited to just 250 pieces. As brand ambassadors of IWC Schaffhausen, they had a hand in the design of their own watches, and prior to the first practice sessions on the track, the drivers appeared for their presentation at the IWC event in Singapore.
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.
“Lewis and Nico are not only unique personalities and incredibly successful sportsmen but also very creative. They were both immediately very interested in the idea of launching two limited special edition watches. I’m confident that these unusual timepieces will be equally popular with motorsport enthusiasts and watch connoisseurs,” explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
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.
When Lewis Hamilton visited IWC’s workshops a year ago, he was particularly impressed by the expertise and pioneering approach of the company’s watchmakers: “My tour of the premises showed me just how much pride, passion and commitment is behind IWC’s astonishing success.” He subsequently participated in a workshop with the design team to test the effects of various materials, colours and surface structures. “I wanted to have a watch that featured a lot of technology,” says Lewis Hamilton.
“With its carbon dial, push-buttons, crown, crown protection and zirconium oxide screw heads, this watch directly reflects the high-tech materials used in FORMULA ONE.” The racing driver prefers metal bracelets and chose rugged, skin-friendly titanium for the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Lewis Hamilton”. In doing so, the technophile Mercedes driver also created the only watch in the entire IWC collection with a titanium bracelet.
INGENIEUR CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “LEWIS HAMILTON”
As a teenager, team mate Nico Rosberg received an IWC watch as a gift from his father and ever since has had close links with the luxury watch manufacturer. At an IWC event in Munich last year, Nico Rosberg swapped his racesuit for a watchmaker’s overall and, as a participant on an exclusive watchmaking course, demonstrated his feel for technology and fine craftsmanship.
“For me, IWC watches epitomize not only complex technology and unmatched performance but also passion and emotions,” is how Nico Rosberg sums up his impressions. “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.”
He drew up the initial designs for his Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Nico Rosberg” together with Christian Knoop. The silver-plated dial gives the titanium case with a crown, crown protection and screw heads made of zirconium oxide a light, sporty appearance. 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.
INGENIEUR CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “NICO ROSBERG”
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN PARTNERSHIP WITH MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS FORMULA ONE™
IWC Schaffhausen became the team’s Official Engineering Partner at the start of the 2013 racing season and has now confirmed its commitment until the end of the 2018 season