IWC Ingenieur Chronograph “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG”
IWC Schaffhausen has been the official engineering partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team since 2013. The partnership is founded on the many parallels that exist between motor sport’s premier competition and the world of haute horology. The development of high-performance cars and the multiple facets of the motor racing and haute horology worlds have much in common: they both depend on high-tech materials, world-class engineering, ultimate performance and ongoing innovation. A masterpiece of engineering, the Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid Silver Arrow, for instance, comprises over 3000 individual parts. It is equipped with innovative technologies and high-tech materials such as titanium aluminide, ceramic, and carbon fiber. IWC Schaffhausen likewise integrates extremely durable materials into its mechanical timepieces. These improve the service life of the components or enable the creation of eye-catching cases and designs. In Formula 1, as in the watch industry, the focus is likewise on teamwork. Motor sport brings together the world’s best engineers and designers with material and aerodynamics specialists. By the same token, IWC’s complex and intricate masterpieces of haute horology can only come into being through the collective expertise of high-caliber specialists representing many different disciplines.
The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph titanium Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG” is reminiscent of the first Ingenieur models from the 1950s. The watch has a 44.3 mm titanium case with distinctive vintage look. Aside from that, it has a flyback function and is equipped with one of the most efficient movements manufactured entirely by IWC, the 89361 caliber that grants automatic movement with 68 hours power reserve. It also features a tachymeter scale that, when used together with the stopwatch hand, allows the wearer to calculate the average speed covered over a distance of 1,000 meters. The protection against magnetic fields on the case back is inspired by the carbon brake discs that feature on Mercedes-AMG cars. This model is limited to 250 pieces worldwide.