IWC And Lewis Hamilton Partner Up For A Tourbillon Inspired By Formula 1 Racing
By Nicole Rodrigues, 22 Sep 2023
Lewis Hamilton and IWC Schaffhausen are crossing the finish line with a new watch that weaves together Hamilton’s storied success and the Swiss brand’s history with the IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde.
It houses the IWC-manufactured 89900 caliber, a movement known for its precision and complexity. Featuring a tourbillon, a chronograph, and a retrograde date indicator, it showcases the intricate craftsmanship associated with high-end watches.
As such, this precision aligns with the exacting standards of the Formula One world. The retrograde date indicator, on the other hand, subtly references the sport’s rigorous 23-race calendar for this year. The movement boasts an impressive power reserve of 68 hours, ensuring reliable timekeeping over extended periods.
One distinguishing feature of this watch is the use of diamond-coated silicon components created through Diamond Shell technology. These components reduce friction and enhance its durability, catering to racing and everyday wear.
Not only that, but the timepiece also houses 12 diamonds, each parked at the individual hours.
The inclusion of diamonds in this timepiece can be interpreted as a reference to Hamilton’s history with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). More specifically, there was a recent dispute over wearing jewelry on the racetrack, which garnered attention within the Formula One community.
In a departure from the usual IWC aesthetic, the watch incorporates gold-plated bridges on the movement. It also comes in a striking teal for its strap and dials—another cue taken straight from the 7-time World Drivers’ Champion’s (WDC) fashion-forward closet.
The watch is being wheeled in right on the heels of Hamilton’s 196th podium finish at the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend. And, as an added nod to Hamilton, only 44 (his racing number) will be made. However, the timepiece carries about as much prestige as the man it was inspired by, and each piece will set you back US$169,000.
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