Last month, we talked about IWC and Mercedes-AMG Petronas teaming up for their first race-ready timepiece with a new version of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 after a decade-long partnership together. Now, the Swiss watchmaker and German car marque have launched a new watch that’s arguably even more intriguing.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” is available exclusively for owners of — you guessed it — the AMG ONE automobile. Test-driven by Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 driver Lewis Hamilton, the AMG ONE, which was just unveiled last week, is an exclusive hybrid hypercar with F1-derived technology, a production run of just 275 examples, and a price tag upwards of $2.7 million. Bringing Formula One specs to government-sanctioned roads for the first time, the car produces over 1,000hp and has a top speed of over 217mph.
The watch, just like the prior chronograph collab, has nods to the racing team, even if they’re more subtle this time around. The titanium aluminide case material is the same material used to make components of high-performance racing engines due to its high-temperature resistance. Additionally, the team’s aqua green accents on the black rubber strap show through from the underside. As for the mechanics of the timepiece, IWC’s 94800 calibre employs a constant-force technology to the tourbillon, which essentially ensures a constant power drain so that the watch’s accuracy won’t fluctuate throughout its 96-hour power reserve.
Along with the tourbillon, which is displayed at the 9 o’clock position, a double moon phase subdial and power reserve indicator are also featured on the expansive dial. The AMG ONE vehicle is already sold out, receiving four times as many orders as the planned production, but Mercedes has stated that it will keep its exclusivity to 275 examples. And yes, you’re going to need to be one of those 275 owners to buy this watch.