Watches: IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Nico Rosberg & Lewis Hamilton

By Thierry Ané on September 23, 2014

2013 was the year of the Ingenieur for Swiss luxury watch brand IWC and a newly signed partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team set the theme for both the impressive SIHH stand decoration and the design of all the new models. From black ceramic to carbon fibre to titanium the cutting-edge world of motorsport racing was perfectly suited to explore all the facets of the highly technical Ingenieur collection.

The Schaffhausen manufacture did an excellent job indeed and particularly so with the timepieces housing a chronograph function, the obvious epitome of sports timing! Four versions of the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer model were introduced, all powered by the self-winding 89361 calibre entirely manufactured by the brand. With a grey dial and black textile strap, grey dial and bracelet, silver dial and black textile strap) or else with a [108818 silver dial and bracelet, this multi-purpose 45 mm watch with a distinctive analog chronograph was unveiled in enough iterations to suit all tastes.

The brand even introduced two exciting limited editions called Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil in tribute to the legendary Mercedes Silver Arrow W25. Both watches feature a brown calfskin leather strap sewn onto black rubber, an engraved Silver Arrow racing car on the case back and an exquisite circular-grained dial in brown or silver hue. Limited to 1000 pieces each, these original timepieces also represented a beautiful homage to Mercedes-Benz that chalked up countless Grand Prix and other championship victories with this car between 1934 and 1939.

This month, IWC is extremely proud to announce that the partnership with Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team has been renewed for 3 more years. Until the end of the 2018 season, IWC will thus be the team’s Official Engineering Partner. To celebrate this excellent news and acknowledge the impressive racing season of the team’s two pilots, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, the Swiss manufacture unveils two new limited editions of the Ingenieur Chronograph.

As their names imply, the new Ingenieur Chronograph Nico Rosberg and Ingenieur Chronograph Lewis Hamilton models, presented days before the Singapore Grand Prix, are a direct tribute to these two race-winning F1 drivers and IWC ambassadors. But since the two watch-loving pilots also greatly took part in the design of their respective watch, these 250-piece limited editions are also a testament to their personal tastes.

Given its lightweight properties, hardness and resistance to corrosion, both pilots agreed that titanium was the metal of choice for this timepiece equipped with the in-house 89361 calibre. Lewis Hamilton wanted his watch to look very technical and opted for a black carbon fibre dial that he decided to pair with a titanium bracelet. Nico Rosberg opted for a slightly more colourful face with a timeless silver-plated dial brightened by yellow touches on the three chronograph hands. This contrasting touch is a nod to the neon yellow helmet that was Nico Rosberg’s trademark for 7 years. Instead of a titanium bracelet, he preferred this stunning timepiece to be mounted on a black rubber strap with embossed calfskin leather inlay.

As you can imagine, the back of the piece is also customised for each pilot: inset into the case back, each watch features a medallion of carbon fibre that comes from one of the Silver Arrow cars used by Mercedes AMG Petronas this year. It is protected by a sapphire glass that bears the personal logo of Nico Rosberg or Lewis Hamilton on the inner surface. Moreover, the name of each pilot appears among the engravings surrounding this authenticated carbon fibre piece of F1 legend showing signs of wear and tear after an eventful season.

All things considered, these Ingenieur Chronographs Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are beautifully crafted and cleverly designed. They should appeal to a large audience of watch aficionados and not just to fans of F1 racing in general and these two talented pilots in particular.

For more information please visit the IWC web site.

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