As the Formula 1 season enters the 5th race of the season in Miami this weekend, IWC took the opportunity to introduce their first official team watch with partner Mercedes-AMG Petronas. The watch is a Pilot’s Chronograph 41, but there’s a few hard to miss details that separate this watch from other watches in the collection. The team watch was introduced by IWC President Chris Grainger alongside Mercedes-AMG Petronas team boss, Toto Wolff outside the team garage at the Miami Grand Prix, and we had the chance to go hands-on.
This is the first official Mercedes-AMG Petronas team watch from Mercedes despite their nearly 10 year relationship. That means the watch was built with the help of, and for the benefit of the team in the garage. This led to the use of a satin titanium case which goes a long way in lightening the load of the watch on the wrist. While the 41mm case wears a bit smaller, there’s still plenty of heft to manage in steel variations, but the use of titanium solves the issue beautifully.