IWC Schaffhausen and Mercedes-AMG collaborate on the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS”, which IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon AMG One Owners will be available exclusively for future owners of the performance hybrid Mercedes-AMG ONE. The timepiece features the patented constant-force mechanism, which sends completely even impulses of force to the escapement. The case is made of titanium aluminide (TiAl) which is extremely difficult to machine. Thanks to its high-temperature resistance, this intermetallic compound is also used for components of high-performance engines in motorsport. The striking design of the watch is inspired by the Mercedes-AMG ONE.
With the Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar, Mercedes-AMG will transfer the latest and most efficient Formula 1 hybrid technology almost one to one from the racetrack to the street for the first time. The two-seater will produce over 1,000 horsepower at a maximum speed of over 350 km/h.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” (Ref. 590502) is fitted with IWC’s patented constant-force mechanism. This IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon AMG One Owners complication disengages the escapement from the direct flow of power through the wheel train and transmits completely even impulses of energy to the escape wheel. The balance wheel, thus, oscillates with virtually the same amplitude. Together with the tourbillon, which compensates for the negative influences of gravity, this provides a highly exact rate. The IWC-manufactured 94800 calibre is manually wound and keeps a power reserve of 96 hours in its twin barrels. The fully blackened movement is visible through the sapphire glass back. The case back is made of Ceratanium – an IWC-developed material that is based on a special titanium alloy. It is as light and unbendable as titanium and, at the same time, almost equally as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.
The case of the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” is made of titanium aluminide (TiAl). TiAl is lighter and harder than titanium, highly resistant to corrosion, and biocompatible. IWC is one of the few watch manufacturers capable of producing a titanium aluminide case.
The black dial features a double moon phase display for the northern and southern hemispheres and a power reserve display at 4 o’clock. The ring-shaped structure of the outer dial ring takes inspiration from the air inlets that are found on the front of the Mercedes-AMG ONE. The design also features details in Petronas green – the signature color of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team.
The IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon AMG One Owners watch is fitted with a two-tone rubber strap, which is manufactured using the so-called multi-component injection molding process. Black on the outside and green on the inside, it is decorated with numerous Mercedes stars in Petronas green.