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A historic watch to fly on wheels. The union of the legendary “pilot” heritage of IWC that rolls aboard the eternal spirit of Mercedes. This Large Racing Works Pilot’s Watch It is the big news of the new season. After forming a company they are Mercedes-AMG in 2004, later IWC also became a partner of the team F1 Mercedes-AMG Petronas in 2013. The watch brand’s connection with motor sport reached such a degree that IWC created its own classic racing team in 2018—IWC Racing. The world of motorsport takes center stage and the customer can have extraordinary experiences in boutiques such as those in Zurich, Dubai and Shangai. This new Large IWC Racing Works Pilot’s Watch It is the culmination of the close relationship of these two universes that coexist in Schaffhausen.
A different vision
“Racing and engineering are an integral part of IWC’s DNA. Therefore, we are excited to bring the IWC Racing to life with a racing-inspired version of the Grand Pilot’s Watch, one of our most iconic models. The limited edition captivates with its grade 5 titanium case and the bold, sporty design with a subdued blue dial,” he says. Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, which also presented another collaboration with Mercedes-Benz this year. It is a different and very suggestive vision of the well-known Large Pilot’s Watch, a large model (46 millimeters) and equipped with the legendary caliber 5000 with seven days of power reserve. It is sold in a limited edition: just 500 copies for the entire world. A piece with the creative spirit that fuels the “garage” of IWC and Mercedes AMG. An exciting watch, based on one of its most celebrated icons, with the added attraction of its manufacture in very light grade 5 titanium.
Titanium grade 5
The choice of titanium for such a classic watch takes on a special value. IWC pioneered the use of titanium in the watch industry in the 1980s, when the company introduced the first wristwatch with a titanium case and bracelet, made for Porsche Design. Over the years, IWC expanded the use of this light and robust metal, developing other innovative materials such as Ceratanium—combination of ceramic with titanium.
Grade 5 titanium is about 45 percent lighter than steel and remarkably stiff. Thanks to its high strength-density ratio, it is widely used in motor sport to manufacture high-performance engine components. Other essential characteristics of titanium for watches is its skin-friendly feel in addition to its attractive appearance. It is the same material that the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team this seasonone of the pieces that we usually see on Lewis Hamilton’s wrist.
Classic and sophisticated
Large IWC Racing Works Pilot’s Watch It sports a classic blue dial. The case back, also made of titanium, is engraved with theogotipo de IWC Racing Works. Its dial is elegant blue with a gray finish and rhodium-plated hands that are treated with luminescent material. The date window is located at 6 o’clock. At a technical level, the manufacturing caliber 52110 set up the system cuerda automatica Pellaton, which allows it to achieve the powerful power reserve of 168 hours – its 7 days of operation. The sapphire crystal is slightly domed and the crown is also made of titanium. The piece is watertight to 60 meters. An iconic powerful watch with a new elegant and sophisticated outfit that wears a blue calfskin strap.
IWC GREAT AVIATOR'S WATCH IWC RACING WORKS
Caliber 52110 automatic; march 7 days
Hours, minutes, power reserve indication and date
Titanium grade 5, 46.20 mm; 60 meters
Exclusive sale in IWC boutiques