Introducing the IWC x Hot Wheels Racing Works Collector’s SetBy Suan Futt Yeo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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