In 2013, before the team won its first F1 championship, IWC became an “Official Engineering Partner” of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. Today, the team has set a new record for six consecutive years. IWC has introduced two Big Pilot limited watches to pay tribute to it.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport from the United Kingdom was founded in 2010 and is still younger than other traditional F1 teams, but it has shown super dominance on the F1 circuit in recent years, from 2014 to In 2019, it has won six consecutive world championships including the team and the driver, becoming the first F1 team to achieve six consecutive championships, breaking the previous record maintained by the Ferrari team.
This IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport” (Ref. IW503003) is limited to 10 pieces, with an official price of approximately $38,000. With a matte black zirconia ceramic case and a carbon fiber dial design, these two materials are also often used in top racing cars such as Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ POWER +. In fact, IWC is the first in the industry to use innovative materials such as titanium and ceramics to make watches. Its superb technology is reflected in these two limited edition watches.
The most beloved highlight of this watch is the black carbon fiber dial with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s iconic emerald green, which is covered with a luminous coating. The unique color scheme brings a unique visual experience.
This watch is equipped with the IWC 52615 self-made movement, using the Pellaton automatic winding system, we can see the movement through the sapphire glass case back, and its power reserve can reach 7 days. Interestingly, the oscillating weight is also engraved with the iconic checkered flag of the racing car, and it is paired with a black calfskin strap.
The second IWC Mercedes-Amg Petronas Motorsport Chronograph watch, IW389005, is limited to 50 pieces. The official price is about $ 15,600. It is designed with a black zirconia ceramic case and a black carbon fiber dial.
Unlike the prominent black-green color scheme of the previous watch, the dial as a whole shows a classic black-and-white color scheme, but the small second hand at the “6 o’clock” position uses Petronas Jade Green. At the same time, the black calfskin strap is embellished with emerald green stitching. Its case back is also engraved with the iconic checkered flag of motorsport.
This watch is equipped with IWC-manufactured 89361 caliber, and the small dial at “12 o’clock” shows the hours and minutes of the accumulated time. The watch is also equipped with a flyback function, which means that you just need to press the reset button to start a new round of timing-counting, making it suitable for calculating the fastest lap on the track.