Nico Rosberg has been an IWC ambassador since 2013, when, together with Lewis Hamilton, he became the first driver to join IWC’s family of ambassadors. This year IWC releases the Ingenieur Chronograph “Tribute to Nico Rosberg” to honour the world champion 2016 Formula One driver.
Nico Rosberg wearing «his» Ingenieur Chronograph «Tribute to Nico Rosberg» © IWC
The IWC-manufactured chronograph comes in an 18-carat red gold case, measuring 42mm in diameter, and was was designed by Rosberg himself in collaboration with Christian Knoop, Creative Director at IWC Schaffhausen. A special feature of this watch is its see-through sapphire-glass back, which is printed with the “NICO” lettering from Rosberg’s helmet.
Limited to 23 watches, the Ingenieur Chronograph “Tribute to Nico Rosberg” (Ref. IW380805) recalls Rosberg’s 23 Grand Prix wins. The dial is slate-coloured and the hands are gold-plated. The watch is driven by an IWC-manufactured 69375 calibre, an automatic chronograph movement with a column-wheel control device. The bidirectional pawl-winding system generates a power reserve of 46 hours and the watch beats at 28’800 vph.
Ingenieur Chronograph «Tribute to Nico Rosberg» © IWC
An elegant sports watch, the Ingenieur is fitted with a grey calfskin strap. It will be available in IWC boutiques and from authorized IWC retailers from December 2017.
>At 9 o’clock, you have the sub-dial that suggests daily, and now at 3 o’clock you have the sub-dials that reveal that the date and power reserve. At 6 o’clock, there’s a month indicator and moon phase display, and to the left of it at around 8 o’clock you’ve the entire year index. Ultimately, there’s the flying tourbillon that makes one turning every minute at 12 o’clock. The movement within is your self-winding IWC grade 51950, which relies upon the Caliber 51900 found in IWC’s additional tourbillon watches like the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde however with the innovative 82-part endless calendar module developed by Kurt Klaus. This movement also contains IWC’s Pellaton winding system also has a generous power reserve of 168 hours, or 7 days. It is visible via a sapphire display caseback and comes with a special commemorative 18k gold rotor.The other tourbillon see that IWC has specially prepared for its 150th anniversary would be the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years.” This comes at a slightly larger 46mm broad Portugieser design situation and is only available in platinum. Like the earlier Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years,” this watch also offers heat-treated blue hour and minute hands. This is an updated version of previous Constant-Force Tourbillon watches — Portugieser and other models — combined with the “perpetual moon phase display. “The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” has a considerably less busy dial. At 1 o’clock there’s a moon phase display that just has to be adjusted by a day after 577.5 decades. Finally, we have the highlight of the watch, the massive tourbillon featuring a constant-force mechanism that delivers power in even impulses to the escapement. In theory, this should improve the chronometric performance of the movement.