The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
Marking nearly two and a half years since the beginning of its partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team , IWC has already achieved a great result: it is sponsoring the team which is widely dominating the 2014 Formula One Championship and has given life to a battle between its drivers evoking, ideally, the one between Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost .
Just a few days before the F1 Singapore GP race that saw Lewis win and overtake Nico in the championship's standing with five races left, IWC has launched two new Ingenieur , both made in a limited series of 250 pieces each. They are laconically called IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition Lewis Hamilton and IWC Chronograph Edition Nico Rosberg .
These two timepieces reaffirm, once again, that with exception of the Ingenieur Automatic and the Ingenieur Dual Time , this collection is getting away from its classical take; Big Ingenieur and Mission Earth for example are now out of the collection and this timepiece is rapidly turning into a sporty high-tech watch, that will result in even more limited edition versions, as the partnership between Schaffausen and Stuttgart has been renewed until 2017.
They both represent a technical upgrade from the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer and introduce Titanium for the very first time on this model. Inside them beats the venerable caliber 89361 made in-house by IWC featuring a Flyback function and the patented double-pawl winding system, a Holy Grail of watchmaking at Schaffausen . Pushers, winding crown and screws are made out of Zirconium Oxide .
Here end the similarities, for both models have been custom made by IWC upon request and with the close collaboration of Lewis and Nico , as declared by Christian Knoop , Creative Director of IWC . The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition Lewis Hamilton has a carbon fiber dial and a titanium bracelet, making it the only Ingenieur in the collection to have been wholly made of Titanium.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition Nico Rosberg has, for the driver, a special meaning. Nico is a longstanding IWC fan and as a teenager was gifted by his father Keke with his first IWC that, according to what I can see from photos made during his 2013 visit at the manufacture, is a 2005 IWC Pilots Doppelchrono Ref. 3713.43 , boasting a white dial.
Placing watches side by side, Nico 's Ingenieur features a silver dial, yellow central second hand and 12 hour counter hands, a mix that clearly draws inspiration from previous Nico 's racing helmet. Nico has gone for a rubber technical strap, with calfskin inlay and grey stitching.
The case back is anyway the icing on the cake: caliber 89361 is unfortunately not visible but, between sapphire crystal on the back and movement, a small piece of carbon fiber coming from the Silver Arrows has been inserted ( IWC releases a certificate that states its authenticity).
Lewis has then applied his brand name logo which resembles a predator, while Nico 's features his own name that is a logo as well. Two very original Ingenieur , esthetically quite far from the original model, aimed to Formula 1 addicts and technology fans, with Nico 's version being a step ahead in the choice list thanks to the appealing colors combination. Pricing? Not yet released but stand-by and as soon as we know so will you.
Gaetano C. @Horbiter - Watches & Luxury