German racing driver Nico Rosberg has won three Grands Prix and earned four pole positions. He knows all too well how important timing is, as he competes in a sport in which fractions of a second can be crucial.
It is therefore not particularly surprising that he is a friend of the IWC Schaffhausen watch-manufacturing brand and enjoys a commercial relationship with the company.
Link to IWC
Rosberg has stated that he was given an IWC watch early on in his career as a driver and has had a strong affinity for the brand ever since then.
It is far more likely that IWC has paid him large sums of money to advertise its timepieces but nevertheless, he does seem genuinely interested in watches and even had a go at watch making at an IWC event that took place in December last year.
Armed with a pair of tweezers and a loupe, he managed to put together a crown wheel, barrel and a wheel train and successfully got his movement to work.
New Ingenieur Collection
IWC’s co-operation with Mercedes AMG Petronas, which is the team that Rosberg belongs to, has resulted in the release of the new Ingenieur watch collection, which incorporates materials that are typically found in the world of motor sports into its designs, for example titanium aluminide and carbon fiber.
This collection contains elements that are traceable to previous Ingenieur watches and also includes a number of other interesting, new features, such as the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month’s quick-action switch, which simultaneously moves as many as five display discs.
Another impressive watch within this collection is the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon, which has an outstandingly regular rate that is facilitated by IWC’s own patented constant-force mechanism within a tourbillon.
IWC claims that this line was inspired by the precision and craftsmanship that goes into creating racing cars.
Oris Nico Rosberg
This isn’t the first time Nico Rosberg has been responsible for inspiring the design of a watch; Swiss company Oris has already created a timepiece that is named after him in order to celebrate his achievement in the racing world.
It is called the Oris Nico Rosberg and features a bold number ten on its dial in reference to his driver’s number.
2400 units of this timepiece were released, which is a nod to the fact that the V8 Cosworth engine that was responsible for powering Rosberg’s fastest lap has a cylinder capacity of the same number.
It is clear that the emphasis upon precision within motor sports has thrust Rosberg to the forefront of watch making.
Inspiration for Future Watches
The connection between racing and watch making is obvious; both rely on mechanical innovation and craftsmanship and involve a high degree of skill.
The partnership between Rosberg and IWC is likely to result in more sporty, race-car-inspired watches being created throughout the years to come.
Hopefully the talent that Rosberg displays on the racetrack will inspire some high-quality timepieces that manage to successfully capture the excitement and adventure of his sport.
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