iwc aviateur mercedes amg petronas motorsport closeup perpetual


The German team is yet again crowned as Formula One World Constructors’ Championship (WCC) winner. To celebrate the event, the Schaffhausen-based brand unveils two limited editions.

iwc aviateur mercedes amg petronas motorsport lifestyleThe 2019 Formula 1 season finished off with the unshared victory of Mercedes. IWC, the team’s partner, wished to pay tribute to this new title with two limited series of Pilot’s Watch. As such the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Editions are revealed as a chronograph and a perpetual calendar, respectively available in 50 and 10 pieces. The emerald green reigning supreme on the racing cars features on the small seconds of the first model and adorns the indexes and hands of the second. Both timepieces host a matte black zirconium oxide case and a carbon fiber dial which conjure up the materials used in the single-seaters.

The automatic 52615 caliber set in a 46.5 mm-diameter case offers a power reserve of 7 days. It drives the various elements of the perpetual calendar, the date, the day of the week, the month and the 4-digit year flawlessly over this period of time. This movement also brings life to a Moon phase display for the northern and southern hemispheres. As proof of accuracy, no adjustment needs to be made before 2100.

iwc aviateur mercedes amg petronas motorsport closeupThe 44.5 mm-diameter chronograph case embraces the self-winding 89361 movement (68 hours of autonomy). It drives the chronograph’s short-cycle time measurements. Equipped with a flyback function, it allows you to start timing a session instantly. This device also includes a stop hour and minute feature displayed on a sub-dial at 12 o’clock. To tackle the effects of magnetic fields, a soft-iron inner case protects the caliber optimally.

Price: EUR16,600 (chronograph)

By Dan Diaconu