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
Meaning that by the front of the watch taking a look at the caseback that you see a dark reflection and no opinion of your sickly arm hair. From the rear of the watch, you can see right through to the other hand. So compare this steel “Translucent Back” variant of the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid using the very first version with the totally clear sapphire crystal caseback that I went hands-on with here. And this “updated” version costs a little more, naturally. How much will this especially tinted sapphire crystal caseback cost you? About $2,000. It does look a little steep after the first version in steel was released less than a year before.The Arnold & Son Time Pyramid watch originally came out in 2013, also in 2014 I analyzed the 18k rose gold version of the Time Pyramid on aBlogtoWatch here. This remains one of my favorite watches produced by Arnold & Son nowadays because of its unique design, attractively symmetrical motion, and fantastic wrist presence. The circumstance is 44.6mm wide (water resistant to only 30 meters) and produced with a crown o’clock thanks to the design of the motion. That also gives the case a more streamlined look as a result of the symmetry you get with the crown position.
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.