IWC presented the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS”, a model developed in collaboration with its partner Mercedes-AMG that will be available exclusively for future owners of the Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar.
This two-seater 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 performance hybrid will produce over 1,000 horsepower at a maximum speed of over 350 km/h.
To accompany its launch, IWC has engineered a timepiece that combines one of their technically most advanced movements and complications with high end performance materials such as titanium aluminide (TiAl) and Ceratanium.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” ref. 590502 features IWC’s patented constant-force mechanism, a sophisticated complication that disengages the escapement from the direct flow of power through the wheel train and transmits completely even impulses of energy to the escape wheel.
This way, the balance wheel keeps oscillating with virtually the same amplitude. In combination with the tourbillon, which compensates for the negative influences of gravity, this ensures a highly exact rate.
In addition to the constant-force tourbillon at 9 o’clock, the black dial also 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 characterising the front of the Mercedes-AMG ONE. The design also features details in Petronas green – the signature colour of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team.
The 46.2 mm x 13.5 mm case is made of titanium aluminide (TiAl). A thin ring in Petronas green marks the transition between the polished and sandblasted parts of the case.
Due to the specific mixing ratio of titanium and aluminium, atoms and electrons arrange themselves in a particular way that causes TiAl to have certain nonmetallic properties in addition to the classic properties of a metal. In particular, it offers exceptional high temperature resistance. For this reason, this special alloy is used for the turbine blades of modern jet engines as well as for components of high-performance engines in motorsport.
TiAl is also lighter and harder than conventional titanium, highly resistant to corrosion, and biocompatible.
The case back is made of Ceratanium, a special titanium alloy developed by IWC that is as light and rigid as titanium and, at the same time, almost equally as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.
The transparent sapphire crystal reveals the fully blackened hand-wound movement. Beating at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz), the IWC-manufactured 94800 calibre stores a power reserve of 96 hours in its twin barrels.
Water resistant to 60 metres / 200 feet, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” is fitted with a two-tone rubber strap, black on the outside and green on the inside, with numerous Mercedes stars in Petronas green visible on the outer side. Future owners of the Mercedes-AMG ONE will be contacted by Mercedes-AMG and IWC with information regarding the order process. But you can always check our list of the most expensive watches in the world.