After a decade-long partnership with IWC, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team is finally getting a team-issued watch. This weekend, at the first-ever Miami Grand Prix, the team will be wearing a special version of the best UK replica IWC Pilot’s Watches Chronograph 41 in the team’s signature Petronas green.
The high quality fake watches was unveiled at the Mercedes-AMG Petronas hospitality room inside the paddock, with a small ceremony led by team principal Toto Wolff and IWC CEO Chris Grainger-Herr, but around us, the race preparations continued. There’s no such thing as a break during the lead-up to an F1 race, but when it comes to perfect replica watches, Wolff made the time. Last year, Mercedes won the Constructors’ Championship for the eighth time in a row, and this year they’re defending it, albeit with some challenges.
During the unveiling of the Swiss made copy watches, I asked Wolff what made watch sponsorships different from other sponsorships, and he quickly corrected me, saying “It’s not a sponsorship, it’s a real partnership. A sponsorship is one-directional; you give me this money and we put the sticker on the car, and we [Mercedes and IWC] don’t have that relationship.”
And the depth of the relationship became apparent while touring the team’s garage. There was a strict no-photographs policy, otherwise I would have been snapping wrist shots, but something stuck out to me: mechanics, engineers, admins, and every other person on the team was wearing an IWC, but not the latest model. Many of the luxury replica watches were older, telling me they had been with the team a long time. And they wore their watches with a noticeable pride.
This weekend, every member of the entire team will be awarded one of the new Mercedes-AMG Petronas Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 models. And the public will be able to buy the watch, too, but the team-issued 1:1 top super clone watches feature Mercedes and Petronas branding on the rubber strap. The version available for public consumption will not. The watch is not a limited edition and will be available online for anyone to purchase.
“It’s the right time for a splash of color.” Grainger-Herr said about the fake watches wholesale online, but he’s also referring to the overall joy that fans of the sport are feeling as society – racing – returns to normal. This is the first-ever time Miami has hosted a Grand Prix and it’s shaping up to be a spectacle. IWC has been partners with Mercedes-AMG Petronas for a decade, but they’ve been hesitant to lean into the team’s signature green in such a bold way. Grainger-Herr, along with IWC designer Christian Knoop, said that if there was ever a time to put aside the relatively conservative design tradition of Swiss movements IWC replica watches and experiment with color, the Miami GP was it.
Beyond the vibrant Petronas green theme, there is one major detail worth noting. The case is titanium, a metal very much in line with motorsport, and it features a mix of blasted, satinized, and polished surfaces. IWC was one of the early adopters of titanium, experimenting with case designs in the ’80s when the application of the metal was still relatively unorthodox. Fake IWC watches for men is also known for its work in the chronograph space, and the IWC-manufactured 69385 caliber inside is a testament to that.
It took ten years for an official Mercedes-AMG Petronas team watch by IWC to come to fruition. Now, at the first-ever Miami Grand Prix, we’ll see if it gives them the competitive edge they need to succeed on the race track.