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Ahead of the Grand Prix in London, an exclusive IWC Schaffhausen wristwatch created in honour of Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1™ Team, is being auctioned by Bonhams in aid of the charitable initiative Ignite.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Toto Wolff x Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team” is a one-off model, designed with input from Toto himself, including a red ring around the crown, a reference to the red hat worn by a cherished friend, fellow F1 legend Niki Lauda.
The watch offered is the very last available – number 50 – of the limited edition of 100 timepieces and is offered as part of a one-off package which includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Operations Centre and HQ in Oxfordshire, plus an exclusive 10-minute video call with Toto Wolff himself.
A must for any motor racing enthusiast – and particularly any Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 fan – this unique package, estimate £40,000 – 100,000, is offered in a dedicated one-lot online auction is now live and runs 15.00 BST, 7 July.
All proceeds from the sale will go to Ignite, a joint charitable initiative operated by Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1™ and Sir Lewis Hamilton to support greater diversity and inclusion in Motorsport.
Reflecting, Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO of the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, said: “After almost a decade of partnership, it is an honour and a privilege to have been asked to design a watch with IWC Schaffhausen. For me, it had to be a Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar. The watch uses Ceratanium, a material that stands for robustness and strength, two features that are very important to me.
“The dial in bold PETRONAS Green, the colours of our team and of course, I had to add a subtle red collar around the crown and pay tribute to our friend and colleague Niki Lauda. The final design is exactly how I had imagined it to be and I am delighted to donate this special timepiece to the auction and hope to raise as much as possible for the Ignite partnership.”
While Chris Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, added: “Toto Wolff is the outstanding team principal of his generation and the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team has seen unprecedented success under his leadership. Winning a race or a single championship campaign are great achievements in their own right.”
Concluding: “However, Toto’s ability to create a dynamic team driven by a high-performance culture, has led to unmatched consistency and eight consecutive constructors’ titles over the last nine years of his tenure. We are proud to honour this outstanding personality with a unique Big Pilot’s Watch, and once again join forces with our longstanding motorsport partner in support of a good cause.”
Motorsport enthusiasts and collectors can place their bids via Bonhams.com from now until the auction closes at 15.00h BST on Thursday, 7 July. The IWC and Toto Wolff Charity Auction can be accessed here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/28074/.