The latest IWC Schaffhausen partnership has led them to team up with the iconic Mattel’s Hot Wheel Series, while also marking the return of Team IWC Racing at the 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, of classic race cars. When we hear about pilot’s watch and IWC we tend to think of aviation, but the brand has expanded beyond that before and the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” is here to remind us of that with the proper attire.The 43mm case is made of titanium with a matte blasted finish, which is a lightweight and resistant alloy, also commonly used in high-performance cars.There are two push-pieces to the right-side of the case that serve to operate the chronograph functions, with a screw-in crown adorned by the IWC logo. The left-side of the case is engraved with the Hot Wheels flame logo.On the flip-side is an exhibition case back, which allows a view to the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The unique number of each limited edition number has been engraved on the titanium portion, while the number 68 has been placed at the center, under the sapphire crystal. This number refers to the door number of the 1955 model Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, which also comes included with the watch in the form of a miniature diecast model. All topped by a sapphire glass with an antireflective coating. The glass has been secured against displacement by drops in air pressure. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 60 meters (196 feet).Time is exhibited on a black and grey, checkered flag dial with Arabic numerals, followed by a ring of off-white index markers and the iconic IWC aviation triangle between two dots at the 12 o’clock position. This distorted checkered flag pattern provides a sense of “motion” to the dial, which is the main attraction of this new IWC release. These laser-engraved squares should further enhance a sense of “motion” as they alternate between lighter and darker surroundings, while the user moves around changing light sources. Plus the checkered flag motif pairs well with the Hot Wheels theme and motor-sports.There are three snailed grey sub-dials: a sub-seconds at 6 o’clock, a 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, and a 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock position. The silver-toned gray outlined central hands and sub-seconds hands are all dagger-shaped, while the split-seconds is a thin straight hand.The central flieger hands, hour index markers, and sub-dial hands have all undergone a grey lume coating that blends with the main dial, for an enhanced legibility. It also includes a two-window day-date aperture, aligned with the 3 o’clock position.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X Hot Wheels™ Racing Works”
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” (Ref#: IW377904) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 69385 with 33 jewels, 231 components and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with a classic column-wheel design that takes the energy it needs from a bidirectional pawl-winding system similar to the Pellaton mechanism. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 46 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a black and grey textile NATO strap, secured to the wrist by a titanium pin buckle. The watch comes in a metal toolbox with a booklet, manual, set of strap tools, limited-edition number plate, and a miniature diecast model of the 1955 model Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. This is a limited edition of only 50 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.
MSRP: $10,000.00 USD