Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen unveils its Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT”(Ref. IW324602), the first watch worldwide to feature a case made of boron carbide, currently the hardest ceramic of them all.
The name chosen for the new watch is a tribute to the new Mercedes-AMG sports car, the second vehicle built entirely in-house by the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz. The two companies cultivate a historical heritage in two very different fields, encouraging innovative engineering and a high proportion of skilled manual labour. With their commitment to quality and simple, clear-cut design, both brands are bound by a clear affinity for performance and efficiency as well as a passion for technical progress and precision. Since January 2013, IWC has built on its involvement in motor racing as Official Engineering Partner of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team and has two fine brand ambassadors in Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is the first in a series of historic races that can count on IWC Schaffhausen’s support in the years ahead. In 2014, the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) re-established its club racing tradition with the Members’ Meeting. These races, held at the circuit that opened in 1948, are open exclusively to members and were a resounding success between 1949 and 1966.
The hallmark of the Goodwood Members’ Meeting has always been a world-class field of historic racing cars and well-known drivers. In its role as Timing Partner for the Goodwood Members’ Meeting and as a reference to Mercedes- AMG and its ten-year partnership, together with Mercedes-AMG, IWC Schaffhausen brought three spectacular AMG vehicles to Goodwood: the latest Mercedes AMG GT, one Mercedes F1 W04, and the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG – AMG’s first vehicle, which created a sensation in 1971 when it clinched second place in the 24-hour touring car race at Spa. In an unconventional “race against time” at Good wood, German ex-racing driver Jochen Mass took the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG through its paces on the circuit while his Austrian colleague Karl Wendlinger got behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT and set out in pursuit.
Anthony Davidson, winner of last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and former FORMULA ONE driver, was in no hurry with his FORMULA ONE racing car at the start, but soon moved into top gear and put in a fantastic performance to cross the finishing line at the same time as the other two vehicles. Apart from this spectacle, visitors to the Goodwood Members’ Meeting witnessed a series of keenly contested races and high-speed demonstrations featuring cars from the pre-war era to 1990s Group C proto types. Among others, FORMULA ONE cars from the 1970s and a group of wild 250 mph Group C Le Mans cars demonstrated their prowess.
At the end of the race weekend, IWC Schaffhausen honoured the driver who had recorded the fastest lap time with a special timepiece from the Ingenieur line: the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil (Ref. IW378505) is a tribute to the historic Mercedes-Benz racing cars, which won countless Grand Prix races and championships between 1934 and 1939, and were successful once again in 1954/55.
With the launch of the Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” in solid boron carbide, IWC Schaffhausen sets another milestone in watchmaking history: almost as hard as a diamond and as light as aluminium, boron carbide is an innovative material that unites incredible, contrasting qualities to deliver unique performance. It alludes to the partnership with Mercedes-AMG, with a case made of several parts in pure boron carbide: the first time this material has been used in the watch industry.
This high-performance ceramic is one of the hardest and most scratch resistant materials available, and it is produced in five time consuming stages. IWC’s traditional prowess in precision technology is embodied by the Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT”’s in-house 80110-calibre, which has an integrated shock-absorption system and is one of the most robust movements made in Schaffhausen. As a tribute to its namesake, the designers of the Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” have elegantly combined the colour black with stylish yellow elements that reference AMG’s exclusive colour, “solar beam”. The eye-catching screws in the bezel and crown are made of black zirconium oxide.
A glance through the see-through sapphire-glass back reveals a high-precision mechanical movement with a blackened rotor. The new watch is secured to the wrist with a rugged, skin-friendly rubber strap. With the black Dinamica® inlay, which is set off with yellow quilted stitching, the watch features the same innovative micro-fibre used by Mercedes-AMG to pad the steering wheel, seat upholstery and headliner in the new Mercedes-AMG GT.
The Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” is limited to 25 pieces and available from selected IWC retailers.
Model: Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT”
Limited to 25 watches worldwide
IWC-manufactured calibre 80110
Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Pellaton automatic winding with blackened rotor
Integrated shock-absorption system
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 44 h
Boron carbide case and crown protection, zirconium oxide screws and crown
Glass: sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 12 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Case height: 14.5 mm
See-through sapphire-glass back
Black dial, hands and appliqués coated with Super-LumiNova®
Date display with crown-activated rapid advance
Central hacking seconds
Black rubber strap with Dinamica® micro-fibre inlay and yellow quilted stitching, titanium pin buckle