The IWC Watch Constructed To Face up to Toto Wolff’s Largest Tantrums

The inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was one of the crucial intense and controversial Method One races in current reminiscence – and never simply because it was in Saudi Arabia. The title battle between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen reached fever pitch, with a collision between the pair near the tip of the race inflaming tensions.

Hamilton ended up successful the race, with Verstappen handed a boatload of penalties from the FIA for his function within the accident (a choice that’s attracted an enormous quantity of criticism from F1 followers). Unbelievably, the pair turned stage on factors going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi – speak about dramatic!

Truly, the one factor extra dramatic than the title battle was Mercedes boss Toto Wolff’s response to Verstappen and Hamilton’s bingle. The commanding Austrian was noticed ripping off his headphones and smashing them in response to the collision – an actual tantrum. Fortunately, he didn’t injury his costly watch: a uncommon IWC Schaffhausen mannequin that’s actually designed to resist big shocks.

Watch Toto Wolff’s indignant response to Hamilton and Verstappen’s collision beneath.

Particularly, Wolff’s watch is an IWC Schaffhausen Massive Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL (ref. IW357201). Unveiled at Watches & Wonders earlier this yr, this rendition of the well-known instrument watch is kind of in contrast to every other beforehand devised. Because the identify implies, it’s designed to soak up shocks: its distinctive SPRIN-g PROTECT system can survive accelerations in extra of 30,000 g.

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Basically, the watch’s motion is housed inside a cantilevered spring that cushions it towards g-forces, permitting it to maintain transferring independently of the case earlier than bringing it to a cease extra gently. The spring itself is made out of bulk metallic glass, an unique amorphous metallic alloy that’s considerably extra elastic than typical metals. On prime of that, the watch’s case is made out of Ceratanium: IWC’s signature scratch-resistant, ultra-tough titanium alloy.

Retailing for AU$119,400, they’re one of the crucial costly watches IWC produces… Though good luck getting your fingers on one, as availability is extraordinarily restricted. IWC is one in every of Mercedes’ main sponsors, although, so Wolff in all probability has as many as he desires. Good factor, too, if he retains on smashing issues.

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