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 ...
Before doing this this is my short presentation of the two chronographs:
FORMULA ONE WORLDCHAMPION 2014 LEWIS HAMILTON’S TIMEPIECE
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”
NICO ROSBERG’S TIMEPIECE
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”
Now it´s time to selcet our champion!