Few partnerships have been as enjoyable as the one between IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG. The duo became official in 2004, but it was in 2013 when IWC became the engineering partner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. Since then, we’ve seen meticulously designed versions of the Ingenieur, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, and even the quadruple-subdial Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar. Last year, the two companies teamed up on a new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph, which was the first to be worn by the entire Petronas F1 team. It had the Petronas signature green color on the rubber strap and the dial, and was remarkably attractive, to say the least. Now, in preparation for the Miami Grand Prix this weekend, IWC has brought back the timepiece, but this time, it’s pink.
To match the gloves worn by drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, as well as the skies that umbrella the Florida milieu, this year’s reissue of the watch will come with a bright pink rubber strap, which can be swapped in thanks to IWC’s EasX-CHANGE system. While last year’s green model (along with the black calfskin version) is still available, this Miami Pink version should only be up for grabs for a limited time.
Aside from the new strap color, the timepiece is the exact same as last year. Based on the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team edition, it sports a matte black dial with three totalizers, accented with bright aqua green (not pink) hands, indices, numerals, and even day-date font. Set inside a 41mm, matte-blasted grade 5 titanium case with 100m of water resistance, the proprietary caliber 69385 automatic chronograph movement runs on 46 hours of reserve power and can be viewed through the caseback as well.
If you’re familiar with IWC’s catalog, this new Miami Pink version of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team should still be a fun little surprise in anticipation of the upcoming F1 event. It can be purchased for $8,350 from IWC’s website.