There’s no collaboration greater than the one between watches and cars when it comes to the pursuit of technical perfection and groundbreaking design. And in that spirit of shared passion, Swiss luxury watchmaker and the performance and sports car brand Mercedes-AMG strengthen their 17 years of synergy with the launch of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” (Ref. IW377903), crafted from automotive engineering materials.
Unveiled at a recent webcast, the timepiece marks IWC’s first 43mm Pilot’s Watch Chronograph featuring the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre, as well as the first Pilot’s Watch Chronograph with a case made of extremely light and scratch-resistant titanium. Inspired by AMG’s signature Selenite Grey Magno paint finish, the Grade 5 titanium finish gives the watch its sporty, matte grey appearance.
To reflect the material that’s directly derived from AMG’s aero components, the dial features precisely woven carbon fibre. Known for its lightness and rigidity, the raw material is continuous carbon fibres which have been processed on weaving machines into textile structures, producing the final woven “carbon look”. The black carbon dial serves as a beautiful backdrop to the silver chronograph sub-dials, reminiscent of motorsport instruments.
In the spirit of embodying high performance sports cars, the watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured calibre 69385, a robust and precise chronograph movement that enables stop time measurements of up to 12 hours, with a power reserve of 46 hours. The chronograph function is controlled by a column wheel, an intricate component with two functional levels.
Flip the watch and the wearer can find the Mercedes-AMG logo emblazoned on the tinted sapphire crystal case back. Finally, the watch is fitted with a black embossed calf leather strap with contrast stitching and folding clasp.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” is available for pre-order at IWC’s official website, through IWC boutiques, as well as authorised retail partners. The timepiece is eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and thus benefits from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limit Warranty.
Photos: IWC Schaffhausen