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Ahead of the British Grand Prix™ in Silverstone, IWC Schaffhausen presents Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition "Toto Wolff x Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team". Featuring IWC's iconic perpetual calendar and limited to only 100 pieces, this exclusive Big Pilot's Watch recognises the extraordinary career and achievements thus far of Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1™ Team, while also highlighting his longstanding collaboration and relationship with IWC Schaffhausen.
In 2013, the Austrian entrepreneur and former racing driver Toto Wolff became a shareholder and executive director of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1™ Team. During his time as the Team Principal & CEO, the team has won eight consecutive constructors' titles between 2014 and 2021 – more than any other team in elite world sport. Over the years, Toto Wolff has be seen wearing several IWC watches and prototypes during memorable moments, on and offside the racetrack. With the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition "Toto Wolff x Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team", Wolff was finally honoured with an IWC watch that carries his name.
The current lot – the last one available - represents number 50 out of 100 and all proceeds from this special auction will go to Ignite, a joint charitable initiative operated by Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1™ and Sir Lewis Hamilton to support greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport.
"Toto Wolff is the outstanding team principal of his generation and the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1™ Team has seen unprecedented success under his leadership. Winning a race or a single championship campaign are great achievements in their own right. However, Toto's ability to create a dynamic team driven by a high-performance culture, has led to unmatched consistency and eight consecutive constructors' titles over the last nine years of his tenure. We are proud to honour this outstanding personality with a unique Big Pilot's Watch, and once again join forces with our longstanding motorsport partner in support of a good cause," explained Chris Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
There are many steps involved in designing a watch and with the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition "Toto Wolff x Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team", IWC worked with Toto throughout the process. An eye-catching and meaningful detail is the inclusion of a red ring around the crown. It is meant as a nod to Niki Lauda, Toto's great friend and colleague, who was always wearing a red hat trackside.
"After almost a decade of partnership, it is an honour and a privilege to have been asked to design a watch with IWC Schaffhausen. For me, it had to be a Big Pilot's Perpetual Calendar. The watch uses Ceratanium®, a material that stands for robustness and strength, two features that are very important to me. The dial in bold PETRONAS Green, the colours of our team and of course, I had to add a subtle red collar around the crown and pay tribute to our friend and colleague Niki Lauda. The final design is exactly how I had imagined it to be and I am delighted to donate this special timepiece to the auction and hope to raise as much as possible for the Ignite partnership", states Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team.
The watch is made of Ceratanium®, a ground-breaking material developed by IWC. It is as light and robust as titanium and almost as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic. Ceratanium® is based on a special titanium alloy forged explicitly for IWC. The case components are machined from bars and then treated in a furnace process at high temperatures. During this heat treatment, they develop not only ceramic properties on their surface but also their striking matte black finish.
IWC's legendary perpetual calendar was developed by former head-watchmaker Kurt Klaus during the 1980s. The mechanical program automatically recognises the different lengths of the months and the leap years, requiring no manual adjustment until 2100. The DOUBLE MOON® phase display shows the moon as seen from the northern and southern hemispheres and will only deviate by one day after 577.5 years. The calendar module is driven via a single nightly switching impulse by the IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre. This automatic movement features IWC's iconic Pellaton winding system, which has been reinforced with ceramic components and accumulates a power reserve of 7 days in two barrels. The movement can be admired through the tinted sapphire glass back.
This sale represents the chance to acquire the very last piece of this already sold out limited edition for your collection. And with all proceeds going to such a noble cause it really is not one to miss out on.
* IWC Schaffhausen is not the owner of the Super-LumiNova® trademark. This mark is protected as the legal property of third party.