Last year, I got the opportunity to talk with F1 hotshot Lewis Hamilton , not long before the French Grand-Prix. Some portion of the conversation was, obviously, his noteworthy dashing outcomes yet in addition something more in accordance with our standard points; watches. I asked him consider the possibility that he had the chance to plan his own IWC watch . He addressed “red gold is my top choice (…) I love the Big Pilot’s watch, I love heavier watches (…) Most likely it would be a perpetual calendar (…) A watch as mechanical as possible.” Well, it appears to be that his thought has come to life, with the new IWC “Lewis Hamilton” Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar.
Let’s get it straight… This new IWC Lewis Hamilton edition is striking. Shadings are stronger than your typical Pilot’s watch, the blend of materials brings a ton of difference, the watch is huge, hefty, complex and a long way from available. So, it’s very in accordance with the picture Hamilton sends – despite the fact that, to my biggest amazement, the time I went through with him was exceptionally loose, accommodating and the man is considerably more modest and reasonable than I thought… First impressions! Surely, I for one favor a more exemplary Rodeo Drive edition or the new Top Gun Ceratenium shading plan . Whatever floats his boat, and this new IWC is for sure very personal.
The base for this new IWC Lewis Hamilton edition is the notable the Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar . Indeed, we have the curiously large 46.5mm case, with a stature (practically 16mm) and weight that you can’t fail to remember. The development and show are likewise totally natural. What’s not is the special combination of materials and tones, bolder than the vast majority of the other IWC watches you can think of.
For his own IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar, Lewis Hamilton picked a dark fired case – matte dark, made of zirconium oxide. To bring contrast and a touch of “bling”, the pilot’s cone-formed crown and the caseback are executed in 18K red gold. To coordinate the remainder of the dial, the material lash is Bordeaux red and joined to a collapsing catch in dark ceramic.
The dial of the IWC Lewis Hamilton edition IW503002 is similarly intense, shaded and differentiated. The traditional, yet complex presentation of IWC’s in-house perpetual calendar module is held, including day, date, month, year sign on 4 digits and double moon for the two sides of the equator. The watch additionally includes a little seconds and a force save sign. The primary oddity is the sunray-brushed, Bordeaux red shade of the dial, which is coordinated with red gold-plated hands, applied files and markers… Bold indeed.
Powering the IWC Lewis Hamilton edition is the type 52615, an in-house development with Pellaton winding framework, conveying 168 hours of force, beating at 4Hz and highlighting 54 gems. The development is adorned with a unique gold-shaded rotor with Hamilton’s logo.
Price and availability
The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition Lewis Hamilton (reference IW503002) is restricted to 100 pieces. It will be estimated at EUR 52,600. More subtleties at www.iwc.com .