IWC Toto Wolff Watch Auctioned for Charity at Bonhams
Last Available Piece of Limited-Edition

New Bond Street – Ahead of the British Grand Prix™, 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.

Boasting IWC's iconic perpetual calendar and limited to only 100 pieces, the wristwatch celebrates the extraordinary career of Toto Wolff who – thus far – led Mercedes-AMG Petronas to win eight consecutive constructor's titles between 2014 and 2021 – more than any other team in the elite world sport while also highlighting his longstanding collaboration and relationship with IWC. Over the years, Wolff has been seen wearing several IWC watches and prototypes during memorable moments, on and off the racetrack.

This version of IWC's legendary perpetual calendar watch, reference IW503607, features a case and crown made of Ceratanium®, a ground-breaking material developed by IWC; a glass dial, and black hands. Numerals and luminescence are in the team's signature PETRONAS green.

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."

Chris Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, said: "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. 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."

Penny Andrews, Head of Watches at Bonhams London, said: "Following the success of our previous collaborations with IWC, we are delighted to so again, especially in the name of such a great cause as Ignite. Anything IWC comes out with is guaranteed to be of quality, and the personal involvement of Toto Wolff in this special design gives it that extra touch of magic. It is a wonderful tribute that any F1 fan would treasure, especially when the purchase is accompanied by the prospect of a video call with their hero."

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/.

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