IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Version “AMG”

For most pilot’s watches, inspiration comes from the air, with functionality that satisfies the needs of aviators and design that is inspired by the aesthetics of jets and cockpits. But for the latest version of its pilot’s watch, the Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen kept an eye on the ground – or, more precisely, on the race track. Developed in cooperation with Mercedes-AMG, the new IWC pilot’s watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” combines high-tech materials and a powerful new movement to create a pilot’s watch with a unique motorsport heritage.

In terms of design, the watch incorporates automatic-inspired materials and aesthetic elements that any racing fan will appreciate. One of them is titanium: the strong, lightweight metal is used for the 43mm case of the watch (IWC used the material for the first time in one of their pilot’s chronographs). It gives the watch a light feel and excellent scratch resistance. In addition, the matt gray paintwork of the housing is an allusion to the “Selenite Gray Magno” paintwork color of the AMG vehicles.

The dial is also upgraded with racing technology. It’s made of carbon fiber, a material commonly used on racing cars to make aerodynamic components like spoilers. While aerodynamics aren’t that important to a watch, the woven texture of the carbon fiber gives the dial a unique pattern, and its dark color makes the silver sub-dials – even inspired by the instruments on a car’s dashboard – stand out.

There is also more to discover on the back of the case. Tinted sapphire crystal reveals the movement (more on this below) and is emblazoned with the Mercedes-AMG logo. A black calfskin strap with contrasting stitching rounds off the monochrome look.

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The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” also has a lot of muscle power under the hood. It is powered by IWC’s in-house caliber 69385 and is the first 43mm Pilot’s Chronograph to feature this movement. This automatic movement has a power reserve of 46 hours and its chronograph function can track time measurements up to 12 hours (perfect for timing laps on the Nürburgring). It also powers a day-date display. And since the watch is water-resistant to 6 bar (approx. 60 meters), it offers all the comfort and durability that you need for everyday use. (Yes, you can even wear it swimming.)

The AMG Edition is a pilot’s watch built to racing car standards for performance (and eye-catching style) in any setting.

[$11,030; iwc.com]

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