Ten years… That’s how long the partnership between Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team is… And this connection has seen the creation of multiple watches, either dedicated to the world of motorsport in general, to the pilots of the team (Lewis Hamilton first and foremost), to its boss or to the team itself. The most focused watch in the lineup is, without a doubt, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas, with its green accents on the dial and green rubber strap. On the occasion of the upcoming Miami Grand Prix this weekend, IWC brings the heat in typical Florida-style, with a Miami Pink edition of its titanium chronograph.
last year saw the introduction of the reference IW388108, a rather compact titanium pilot’s chronograph with a livery-matched green rubber strap and the same colour to be found all over the dial. Presented as the team watch, as such meant to be worn by the team’s designers, aerodynamicists, race engineers, strategists and mechanics, it was also made available to the public as an e-commerce exclusive version. Well, to celebrate the return to the vibrant Florida-based city this weekend, IWC adds a striking coloured strap to this watch…
Pink. Objectively very, very pink indeed! The colour pink, in keeping with Miami’s sun-kissed lifestyle and reflecting the vibrant colours of Ocean Drive, will accompany the team’s appearance at the upcoming race. The whole point today is about an additional (and, sorry to break the fun, also quite exclusive…) strap in Miami pink – understand, bright and bold – that will match the team’s appearance at the Miami International Autodrome. For the record, pink details will be featured on the gloves and shoes of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. The team watch on the pink strap will also be worn by team members present at the race in Miami.
Launched a year ago, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team is a cool watch. Based on the most compact (or least oversize) edition of the brand’s chronograph, it is housed in a 41mm grade 5 titanium case that has been given a combination of matte blasted surfaces with thin polished accents – all for a typical motorsport, technical look. Light and robust, this material is also found on the screwed crown and the caseback. 100m water-resistant, the watch retains all classic elements of a pilot’s chrono, with glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure and utilitarian look overall.
The dial, which hasn’t changed since last year, pays tribute to the colours of AMG’s F1 cars. Matte black, it is characterized by the use of Petronas’ green colour all over, on the markers, hands, numerals and even the text of the day-date discs. Under the sapphire back is the calibre 69385, a proprietary movement made by Richemont’s Valfleurier facilities, an automatic column-wheel chronograph with robustness in mind. Its bi-directional pawl winding system builds up a power reserve of 46 hours in the mainspring.
Now, specifically for Miami and this Grand Prix, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas receives a Miami Pink rubber strap, equipped with the brand’s integrated EasX-CHANGE system. And that allows you to change for the other strap included in the box, in classic Petronas green. This new reference in Miami Pink (IW388114) will be available online at iwc.com and in the Miami boutique for a limited time. It will be priced at USD 8,350 (excl. taxes) or EUR 9,250 (incl. taxes).
Two important notes; the previous reference IW388108 with green rubber strap and black calfskin strap and will continue to be available online; the Miami Pink rubber strap will not be available separately. For more details, please visit www.iwc.com.