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Hands-On IWC Pilot Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas IW388108

We’ve talked a number of instances in regards to the connections between the world of automobiles and watches, and this couldn’t more true in terms of motorsport and, particularly, F1. As we’ve seen right here, all groups are partnering with a watch model for the 2022 season. IWC has lengthy been the accomplice of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Components One, having created a number of watches impressed by the world of Components One, or devoted to its pilots. This yr, there’s a brand new pilot’s chronograph ensuing from this IWC x AMG collaboration, nevertheless it’s a bit particular, because it’s the primary “crew watch” that will probably be worn by the employees, together with designers, aerodynamicists, race engineers, strategists and mechanics. However no worries, as this new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Version “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Components One Staff” IW388108 can be obtainable for a wider viewers. 

Up till now, the partnership between IWC and F1 crew Mercedes-AMG Petronas has resulted in quite a few watches, which have been both impressed by the automobiles or made in response to the necessities of its pilots. For a number of years, these watches have been primarily based on the Ingenieur assortment, but we’ve seen a swap some years in the past for the Pilot’s Watch assortment – which might be seen printed on the gloves of AMG’s pilots. Right this moment, simply forward of the first-ever Grand Prix positioned in Miami, IWC and Mercedes-AMG Petronas introduced the results of their most up-to-date collaboration, which is the primary watch made for the complete F1 crew, and never only for its pilots. “It underscores the spirit of unity and the sense of belonging inside our crew and is a testomony to the connection we have now constructed with IWC over the past decade. I’m trying ahead to seeing the watch being worn by members of the crew trackside in Miami this weekend,” says Toto Wolff, Staff Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Components One Staff. The “crew watch” will probably be, after all, additionally obtainable for watch lovers too, from IWC’s web site.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team IW388108

As you’ll be able to count on, this new mannequin merges basic Pilot’s Watch parts with the signature colors of the F1 crew. Based mostly on the 41mm chronograph, it truly goes a bit additional than simply exhibiting new tones. Whereas the case of this IW388108 retains the identical dimensions because the watch from the usual assortment, which means 41mm in diameter and 14.6mm in peak, it isn’t made from metal anymore however from grade 5 titanium, a light-weight and inflexible alloy that has lengthy been utilized in automotive engineering to supply automobile elements topic to immense stresses. The case is right here largely sandblasted, leading to a darkish greyish tone, and options polished accents on the bezel, crown and pushers. The case options sapphire crystals on each side, a screw-down crown and has a cushty water-resistance of 100 metres.

The opposite differentiating factor on this new Pilot Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas IW388108 is the dial. Basic on nearly all ranges, it has been reworked by way of the F1 crew’s signature shade of inexperienced – the so-called Petronas Inexperienced, a brilliant, aquamarine tone. This color is discovered on all fingers, tracks, markers and logos. The dial is in any other case similar to different Pilot’s Chronographs of the model, with a matte black background, black fingers and the mix of a 6-9-12 chronograph and a day-date show. The primary fingers and the quarter markers are lined in SLN.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team IW388108

A part of the unique bundle, this IWC x AMG chronograph is delivered with two straps, each outfitted with the model’s built-in EasX-CHANGE system, permitting the straps to be exchanged effortlessly and with out further instruments. The IW388108 comes with a black embossed calfskin strap and a Petronas Inexperienced rubber strap, each closed by a titanium pin buckle.

Below the sapphire caseback, with discreet printings on its periphery, is the manufacture calibre 69385. This evolution of the Valjoux ébauche made by Valfleurier is an automated, built-in chronograph with a column wheel structure. It runs at 4hz and shops as much as 46 hours of vitality when absolutely wound. It’s calmly embellished, with round stripes and perlage.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team IW388108

Availability & Value

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Version “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Components One Staff” IW388108 is a particular, non-limited version that will probably be priced at EUR 8,350. It’s obtainable solely on-line on

Photographs by Santiago Tejedor