Lewis Hamilton versus Nico Rosberg. This time it is not about Formula One racing but two IWC chronographs. Which one do you prefer?

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton wearing their new personal Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Nico Rosberg'' and Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Lewis Hamilton'' by IWC Schaffhausen, 18 September 2014, Singapore.

The 2014 Formula One World Championship is all over and done and we know that Lewis Hamilton is the winner. Today let us see who wins this horological competition. Click on “read more” to get the story…

 

During this Formula One season Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg designed their IWC Ingenieur Chronographs. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Lewis Hamilton” (Ref. IW379602) and the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Nico Rosberg” (Ref. IW379603).

I have until today not presented you these two chronographs. I simply forgot and/or I did not attach them enough importance. Maybe the entire 2014 Formula One seasons was just to boring…

Now I have the time and I want to catch up on what I missed. BUT NOT without involving you guys.

Please have a look at the two IWC Ingenieur´s first and then tell me through the comment function of my blog which one you like more. So we can select our champion.

The name of our game is Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamilton ...

Please vote!

 

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton wearing their new personal Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Nico Rosberg'' and Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Lewis Hamilton'' by IWC Schaffhausen, 18 September 2014, Singapore.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton wearing their new personal Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Nico Rosberg” and Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Lewis Hamilton” by IWC Schaffhausen, 18 September 2014, Singapore.

 

Before doing this this is my short presentation of the two chronographs:

 

FORMULA ONE WORLDCHAMPION 2014 LEWIS HAMILTON’S TIMEPIECE

 

Lewis Hamilton wearing his new personal Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Lewis Hamilton'' by IWC Schaffhausen, 18 September 2014, Singapore.
Lewis Hamilton wearing his new personal Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Lewis Hamilton” by IWC Schaffhausen, 18 September 2014, Singapore.

 

When Lewis Hamilton visited IWC’s workshops a year ago, he was particularly impressed by the expertise and pioneering approach of the company’s watchmakers: “My tour of the premises showed me just how much pride, passion and commitment is behind IWC’s astonishing success.” He subsequently participated in a workshop with the design team to test the effects of various materials, colours and surface structures. “I wanted to have a watch that featured a lot of technology,” says Lewis Hamilton. “With its carbon dial, push-buttons, crown, crown protection and zirconium oxide screw heads, this watch directly reflects the high-tech materials used in Formula One.” Lewis Hamilton prefers metal bracelets and chose rugged, skin-friendly titanium for the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Lewis Hamilton”. In doing so, the technophile Mercedes driver also created the only watch in the entire IWC collection with a titanium bracelet.

45 mm/15,5mm titanium case with IWC-manufactured chronograph calibre 89361 with IWC’s double-pawl winding system – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Screw-in crown – Crown protection – Limited to 250 watches – Case-back ring, engraved with “IWC ∙ INGENIEUR ∙ LEWIS HAMILTON ∙ ONE OUT OF 250

 

The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Lewis Hamilton'' (Ref. IW379602) from IWC Schaffhausen is equipped with the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre and features a titanium case, black carbon-fibre dial and titanium bracelet with precision-adjustment clasp. The unique timepiece is limited to 250 watches.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Lewis Hamilton” (Ref. IW379602) from IWC Schaffhausen is equipped with the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre and features a titanium case, black carbon-fibre dial and titanium bracelet with precision-adjustment clasp. The unique timepiece is limited to 250 watches.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Lewis Hamilton'' (Ref. IW379602) from IWC Schaffhausen
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Lewis Hamilton” (Ref. IW379602) from IWC Schaffhausen
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Lewis Hamilton'' (Ref. IW379602) from IWC Schaffhausen
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Lewis Hamilton” (Ref. IW379602) from IWC Schaffhausen

 

 

NICO ROSBERG’S TIMEPIECE

 

Nico Rosberg wearing his new personal Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Nico Rosberg'' by IWC Schaffhausen, 18 September 2014, Singapore.
Nico Rosberg wearing his new personal Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Nico Rosberg” by IWC Schaffhausen, 18 September 2014, Singapore.

 

As a teenager, teammate Nico Rosberg received an IWC watch as a gift from his father and ever since has had close links with the watch manufacturer. At an IWC event in Munich  (please click >>> HERE <<< to listen to my interview with Nico, which I taped during this occasion)  last year, Nico Rosberg swapped his race suit for a watchmaker’s overall and, as a participant on an exclusive watchmaking course, demonstrated his feel for technology and fine craftsmanship. “For me, IWC watches epitomize not only complex technology and unmatched performance but also passion and emotions,” is how Nico Rosberg sums up his impressions. “These were also the elements that I wanted my watch to embody. I was certain that the combination of my favourite material, titanium, with the black strap and the bright dial would create a striking contrast.” He drew up the initial designs for his Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Nico Rosberg” together with Christian Knoop. The silver-plated dial chosen gives the titanium case with a crown, a crown protection and screw heads made of zirconium oxide a light, sporty appearance. The yellow colour of the Second hand and of the hands in the totalizer at “12 o’clock” recalls the neon yellow helmet that was Nico Rosberg’s trademark for seven years. The watch features a rubber strap, which has an added touch of luxury with its embossed calfskin inlay and grey quilted stitching.

45 mm/15,5 mm titanium case with IWC-manufactured chronograph calibre 89361 with IWC’s double-pawl winding system – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Screw-in crown – Crown protection – Limited to 250 watches – Case-back ring, engraved with “IWC ∙ INGENIEUR ∙ NICO ROSBERG ∙ ONE OUT OF 250

 

The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Nico Rosberg'' (Ref. IW379603) from IWC Schaffhausen is equipped with the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre and features a titanium case, silver-plated dial and rubber strap with embossed calfskin inlay. The yellow colour of the seconds hand and of the hands in the totalizer at ''12 o’clock'' recalls the neon yellow helmet that was Nico Rosberg’s trademark for 7 years. The unique timepiece is limited to 250 watches.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Nico Rosberg” (Ref. IW379603) from IWC Schaffhausen is equipped with the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre and features a titanium case, silver-plated dial and rubber strap with embossed calfskin inlay. The yellow colour of the seconds hand and of the hands in the totalizer at ”12 o’clock” recalls the neon yellow helmet that was Nico Rosberg’s trademark for 7 years. The unique timepiece is limited to 250 watches.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Nico Rosberg'' (Ref. IW379603) from IWC Schaffhausen
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Nico Rosberg” (Ref. IW379603) from IWC Schaffhausen
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ''Nico Rosberg'' (Ref. IW379603) from IWC Schaffhausen
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ”Nico Rosberg” (Ref. IW379603) from IWC Schaffhausen

 

 

Now it´s time to selcet our champion! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Nico’s as the strap seems much more practical.
    Like the yellow in seconds hand as well.

    When you see both on TV racing it appears that they have an outline of a watch embroidered on their sleeve.

    I know for sure that Messa wears his Richard Mille while racing.

  • I like Nico’s better too. But if I am not mistaken, my Ingenieur Mercedes-AMG watch (IW3227), from 2009, has a case and bracelet made of titanium so Lewis’ watch is not the first IWC watch with a titanium bracelet. I am surprised to learn that there is no watches with a titanium bracelet in their current lineup.

  • Nico’s watch is my choice, by far. I don’t like (big) Ingenieurs with metal bracelets, they look to chunky.

  • Although I’d happily wear both I prefer Nico’s. I’m not a fan of carbon fiber dials which to me puts Nico over Lewis.

  • Both watches are fabulous and very tough to choose, I think Lewis beats Nico through photo-finish!

  • I didn’t know that these two guys are watchmakers.My opinion is that if you ask them a simple question about watchmaking e.g. the difference between carbon steel and inox they cannot tell the difference. But yeah!!!they are superstars of sports. and we must eat this food. both watches are equally beautiful. And an another thing Every time a see a superstar with a tiny wrist with a bog potato watch on it I have the feeling that I am seeing a guy with inferiority complex who attempts to show his money. These guy are about 120 lbs at maximum and 5 feet tall and they have a 46mm watch. Come on!!!
    Cheers

  • My preference is Lewis Hamilton mainly due to the fact that I life in South East Asia and I prefer stainless steel bracelets!

  • This may be the only time I vote for Nico over Lewis… Yes, I prefer the watch Nico presided over, hands down the nicer of the two.

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