Introducing the IWC x Hot Wheels Racing Works Collector’s Set

Introducing the IWC x Hot Wheels Racing Works Collector’s Set

The Low-Down

To mark IWC Racing team’s return to Goodwood after a two-year hiatus, IWC and Hot Wheels are releasing 50 pieces of the IWC x Hot Wheels™ “Racing Works” collector’s set. Presented in a metal box, the set consists of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC x Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” in titanium; and a 1:64 scale model of the 1955 Mercedes 300 SL “Gullwing” that IWC races at classic car events through IWC Racing, its own racing team which it founded in 2018.

IWC x Hot Wheels™ “Racing Works” collector’s set
IWC x Hot Wheels™ “Racing Works” collector’s set
IWC x Hot Wheels™ “Racing Works” collector’s set
Presented in a metal box that included a 1:64 scale model of 1955 Mecedes 300 SL "Gullwing"
The 1955 Mercedes 300 SL “Gullwing”
The 1955 Mercedes 300 SL “Gullwing”

The first set is to be auctioned through Bonhams from 16 October to 22 October, with proceeds to Two Bit Circus Foundation, a non-profit which creates learning experiences for children to inspire entrepreneurship, encourage young inventors and instil environmental stewardship.

IMHO

There are racing-inspired watches aplenty, but IWC has in this instance stretched the canvas yet a little further, offering a unique design that is also very attractive. The classically handsome IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph is given a laser-etched dial bearing the motif of a chequered flag unfurled in the wind, and the result is dynamic, bold and elegant – the very qualities that underpin the irresistible charm of classic car racing. Titanium is a little modern in the mix, but besides lightness and strength, it lends a dark grey hue which is balanced and discreet, while the Hot Wheels flame logo engraved on the side of the case at 9 o’clock is a lively touch.

The engraved Hot Wheels logo at the side of the case
The engraved Hot Wheels logo at the side of the case

As for the model 300SL, it’s among the most detailed that Hot Wheels has ever produced in 1:64 scale, complete with bucket seats, faithful interiors, red sill trims, clear headlights and race team livery. And with just 50 of these models made exclusively in Hot Wheels’ prototyping workshop, out of the eight billion cars the iconic diecast toymaker has sold, it is also one of Hot Wheels’ rarest.

In all, a fine ensemble for the lifelong petrolhead.

Tech Specs

IWC x Hot Wheels Racing Works Collector’s Set
IWC x Hot Wheels Racing Works Collector’s Set

Movement: IWC-manufactured calibre 69385, automatic, 46 hours power reserve
Functions: Chronograph, hours, minutes, seconds, day, date
Case: Grade 5 titanium, 43mm, water-resistant to 60M
Strap: Black and silver textile strap
Price: USD 10,000

IWC x Hot Wheels Racing Works Collector’s Set
IWC x Hot Wheels Racing Works Collector’s Set

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