Breitling and Bentley, Zenith and Land Rover, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin, McLaren and Richard Mille… A creative chemistry taking place when watchmakers team up with car marques is starting to seem a given: and this latest addition to the canon is arguably one of the greatest yet.
IWC’s 43mm Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition AMG is made of light, scratch-resistant Grade-5 titanium, which gives the watch a matte grey appearance inspired by Mercedes-AMG‘s signature Selenite Grey Magno paint finish. The black carbon dial, as attentive followers of the German marque will have noted, features the same woven carbon fibre pattern – produced using a sophisticated method involving heat and pressure, and known for remarkable lightness and rigidity – used for AMG spoilers, front diffusers, side skirts and other trimmings. The silver chronograph sub-dials, meanwhile, are reminiscent of motorsport instruments.
The piece’s beating heart is a robust, precise column wheel-controlled chronograph movement with stop time measurement capability up to 12 hours. The Mercedes-AMG logo sits proudly on the tinted sapphire crystal case back, while a black embossed calf leather strap with contrast stitching and folding clasp completes the aesthetics.
“Time is of course everything on the racetrack,” says Mercedes-AMG driver Maro Engel. “You’re in a constant challenge with time itself. Then there’s the heritage of motorsport: obviously in the earlier years a digital stopwatch wasn’t available, so you’d have to use a mechanical timepiece to time yourself. And outside of the car, I catch myself timing competitors using a piece like this constantly. Also, the chronograph is a big statement of sportiness, and a direct reference to the sport I love, so I’m a big fan of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph collection.”
Adds IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr: “Horology and motorsport are such a good match because they’re both about a love of engineering and a love of great adventure. These things drive developments in both. When you think about watchmaking heritage, it goes beyond simple timekeeping as early as the late-19th Century and navigation watches specifically designed for early ocean exploration. From the 1930s we have the world of aviation – we made our first pilot’s watch in 1937 – and it wasn’t just a theoretical exercise because the IWC owners back then, the Homberger family, their sons were both civilian and military pilots. So IWC has always had these dreams about big adventure, and applying watchmaking science to making precise, robust, user-friendly products. The hearts of both industries leap with joy – that childish excitement that exists in all of us – when drivers like Maro or pilots like Matt Jones achieve unbelievable feats using our instruments.”
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