The IWC Pilot's Chronograph series stands as a pinnacle of chronograph design in both the brand's portfolio and the broader watch industry. Envision a classic "pilot's chronograph," and it's likely an IWC design that springs to mind, with its diverse range of sizes, materials, and hues. Adding to this rich collection, IWC introduces the Pilot's Watch Performance Chronograph 41 AMG and the Pilot's Watch Performance Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, blending aviation and racing elements into their design.
The new models echo a familiar IWC design yet venture into uncharted territory. The 41mm chronograph, featuring vertical subdials, day and date display, and the in-house 69385 calibre movement, now sports an external black ceramic bezel. These "Performance Chronograph" variants, although categorized under pilot watches, exhibit a distinct racing-inspired aesthetic, a nod to IWC's collaboration with the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team.
The standard Pilot's Watch Performance Chronograph 41 AMG is available in titanium with a rubber strap ($9,800) or a titanium bracelet ($11,700). The more elaborate Pilot's Watch Performance Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team variant ups the ante with IWC's unique Ceratanium alloy, priced at $13,700 for the rubber strap model and $19,900 for the Ceratanium bracelet model. These options lend a sportier edge to the watches, with the Ceratanium bracelet being a rare and premium feature in IWC's collection. However, it's the intricate design details that truly set these watches apart.
Several subtle yet impactful design elements distinguish these watches. The dials boast a glossy finish, contrasting with the usual matte of IWC's pilot chronographs. The subdials are more prominently recessed, surrounded by sloped rims for added depth. The Ceratanium model also features Petronas Blue highlights, reminiscent of previous limited editions with the team. These designs debut just in time for the Las Vegas Grand Prix.
These watches might stir debate over their categorization as pilot's chronographs. Nevertheless, they mark an exciting direction for IWC with their striking design since their latest "New Mjoave" Release
The model featuring Petronas Blue accents is particularly compelling, with its bold black theme, contrasting white indices, and Ceratanium bracelet. The specs mirror those of other 41mm pilot chronographs from IWC, including a 14.8mm thickness, IWC caliber 69385 with a 46-hour power reserve, and 100 meters of water resistance.
Yet, it's the overall design shift, from the dial to the bezel, that signifies a new era for IWC. The inclusion of a tachymeter bezel is essential for a genuine racing watch, a feature conspicuously absent in previous AMG Petronas F1 watches. This new range represents a significant departure from traditional pilot watches, ushering in a fresh and exciting chapter for IWC.
|Specification||Pilot's Watch Performance Chronograph 41 AMG||Pilot's Watch Performance Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team|
|Reference Number||IW388305 (titanium on strap)
IW388304 (titanium on bracelet)
|IW388306 (Ceratanium on strap)
IW388307 (Ceratanium on bracelet)
|Case Material||Titanium||Black Ceratanium|
|Dial Color||Black||Black with Petronas Blue highlights|
|Indexes||Rhodium-plated hands, blackened nickel appliques|
|Strap/Bracelet||Rubber or matching case material||Rubber or matching case material|
|Movement||IWC-manufactured 69385 Calibre|
|Functions||Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph with 30-minute and 12-hour counter, day and date display, small hacking seconds|
|Power Reserve||46 hours|
|Price||$9,800 (rubber strap)
$11,700 (titanium bracelet)
|$13,700 (rubber strap)
$19,900 (Ceratanium bracelet)