Timepieces that celebrate specific partnerships are generally commercial successes only because they are made in very limited numbers, and are sold almost exclusively to the group they were made for, which generally includes neither people like me, who are hyper selective about what they buy due to budgetary restrictions, nor the general public, who still need to be convinced that mechanical watches are not useless gimmicks.
However, IWC Chronograph Edition Replica Watches “Rudolf Caracciola” is an example of the contrary. It’s a timepiece celebrating a partnership, yes; but it’s also a well-made watch with an interesting and understated design, with a brand new in-house automatic chronograph movement that increases the company’s portfolio in the right direction – and which ought to impress value-minded watch lovers, as well as have appeal well beyond the world of motorsports enthusiasts.
That’s right, in a move which Christian Knoop, the manufacture’s creative director, admits is “rather unusual,” IWC have decided to introduce their new chronograph movement, Calibre 69370, which was originally announced last March, in a limited edition paying tribute to one of the less well known automobile rallies. Calibre 69370 is also being introduced in two other limited editions, the “74th Member’s Meeting at Goodwood” and the “W 125” (which commemorates the Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrow), which were announced, along with the Rudolf Caracciola, last March as well. (This is, of course, not the first or only in-house chronograph movement from IWC, which uses, for example, its Calibre 89361 in the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic Fake Watches, as seen in our Week On The Wrist from 2013.)
IWC Copy Leather Strap Watches UK no lack of high-profile partnerships, and could have easily turned to one of them to mark this important news. Instead, they chose the start of the Passione Caracciola, a vintage automobile rally featuring some of Europe’s finest vintage cars (with a focus on Mercedes-Benz), to present the first commercially available renditions of Calibre 69370. (Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of the Passione Caracciola; this is the rally’s very first year, with IWC as a major partner.) Passione Caracciola is named for Rudolf Caracciola – a name probably familiar to many HODINKEE readers; Caracciola was considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of pre-World War II Grand Prix drivers. The holder of many speed records, Caracciola also won the European Driver’s Championship (the predecessor to Formula One) three times, racing for Mercedes Benz.