In 1868, New England watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones based the Worldwide Watch Firm (IWC) within the Swiss city of Schaffhausen. 100 years later, in Southern California in 1968, Mattel Toy Firm co-founder Elliott Handler constructed the primary Sizzling Wheels miniature automobiles. Separated by a century of their origins, however sharing the spirit of American innovation and a robust hyperlink to automotive design, each manufacturers shaped a partnership final yr, a pure follow-up from the watch producer’s launch of its personal IWC Racing workforce in 2018. The “IWC x Sizzling Wheels Racing Works” collector set, unveiled at this previous weekend’s 78th Goodwood Members Assembly in England, is the newest venture to emerge from the collaboration.
The set, restricted to 50 complete items, matches up a specifically designed IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Chronograph with a Sizzling Wheels Mercedes-Benz 300 SL mannequin automotive. The watch’s 43-mm case is made from grade 5 titanium, a fabric lighter and tougher than metal, which is used usually in car development. Its floor has a darkish matte grey end, obtained from an elaborate floor therapy involving each the sharpening and blasting of case elements. At 9 o’clock on the facet of the case is an engraving of the Sizzling Wheels “flame” emblem.
The black dial, with its three subdials at 12, 9, and 6 o’clock and day and date home windows at 3 o’clock, includes a wavy, laser-engraved checkered flag sample, a light-to-dark textured impact that calls to thoughts the end line of an car race. A smoked sapphire caseback affords a glimpse of the watch’s motion, IWC’s automated Caliber 69385, with an built-in, column-wheel-controlled chronograph perform that measures as much as 12 hours of elapsed instances. The 33-jewel caliber beats at 28,800 vph and shops an influence reserve of 46 hours. Securing the watch to the wrist is a silver-and-black textile strap whose smooth shade scheme displays that of the IWC Racing Workforce’s Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.
Paying an much more direct homage to that automotive is the miniature mannequin that comes with the watch within the “Racing Works” collectors set. An unique mannequin created by the Sizzling Wheels design workforce at mum or dad firm Mattel, it’s an intricately detailed 1:sixty fourth duplicate of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL that the IWC workforce takes on the racing circuit — devoted all the way down to its opening gullwing doorways and painstakingly produced inside, together with bucket seats, roll cage, and crimson sill trims. Further particulars embody clear headlights with MB star braces and racing graphics on the hood and doorways. Just like the watch, the mannequin automotive bears the outstanding quantity “68” — a reference to the years 1868 and 1968, the founding years of IWC and Sizzling Wheels, respectively — and is strictly restricted to 50 items.
The watch and mannequin automotive are introduced collectively in a silver-and-black metallic toolbox with an instruction guide for the watch, a booklet on the Racing Works venture and a particular badge proclaiming the restricted version variety of each the automotive and the watch. The very first set might be auctioned at Bonhams (on-line bidding opened on October 16), with proceeds from its sale going to profit the Two Bit Circus Basis, a kids’s education-based non-profit group. The 49 remaining units might be accessible on the market at $10,000 every.