FASHION + WATCHES

IWC AND HOT WHEELS JOIN TO CREATE A MERCEDES GULLWING SPECIAL EDITION

A collaboration that many fans of diecast watches and toys are envious of.

20.10.2021
BY A. NUGROHO
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For automotive enthusiasts, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL is like the holy grail that many people dream of. Comes with a sporty design in its era, the 300 SL offers doors that open up or are called the Gullwing, which became a legend in the automotive world.

It's a shame this car is no longer for sale, and if there was one, fans would have to spend a lot of money to get it. However, there is one more way to get this unique car. One of them is by looking at the mini version issued by the famous toy manufacturer Hot Wheels.

More specifically, Hot Wheels recently teamed up with renowned watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen to create an exciting project. IWC is known to have worked with Mercedes-Benz for a long time as a partner in the racing world of the manufacturer with the star logo.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The package, which is named "Racing Workd Edition," is made very limited. Consumers will get a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing with a 1:64 scale with extraordinary details, including the use of rubber tires, roll cage, clear headlights, racing graphics, bucket seats, and the ability to open up and a place made of transparent plastic. This model has become one of the most detailed and rare models ever created by Hot Wheels in the diecast world.

The watch is no less exceptional. IWC provides a Pilot Watch Chronograph model with Ref. IW377904, which uses the same base. The difference in the special edition is the racing details on some parts of the watch.

For example, there is a checkered racing flag pattern on the dial, and the side of the case is engraved with the Hot Wheels logo.

Another detail is using a NATO strap instead of a leather strap, which has the legendary IWC Racing Mercedes-Benz 300 SL color scheme. Do not miss the number 68 on the back of the case, which marks 1968 when IWC was founded by Florentine Ariosto Jones, an American watchmaker, and 1968, the year Elliot Handler founded Hot Wheels in Southern California. Hot Wheels is today the largest toy car manufacturer with 20,000 designs and has sold 8 million cars.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Back to the discussion about the watch, this special edition uses a 43 mm size with a titanium case which gives the face of the eye a sandblasting touch, making the color appear a bit dark gray. The engine uses IWC caliber 69385, which is displayed through a transparent case on the back.

"It was a chance meeting with Hot Wheels designer Manson Cheung that kick-started our partnership," says IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr of the partnership in a statement. "Our shared passion for automotive design and mechanical watches led to a meeting between the design teams of both brands at the Mattel Design Center in El Segundo. We instantly connected, speaking the same language of design, art and engineering. I am proud of our collaboration and the unique projects we have brought to life so far."

Hot Wheels' first product with IWC was the premium Hot Wheels Team Transport series in 2020. This product combines the WIC Racing 300 SL with a transporter truck.

This product, which only made 50 units, will be placed in a titanium toolbox. The first edition will be auctioned online at Bonhams, going to the Two Bit Circus Foundation. A charity movement to create learning experiences for children to become entrepreneurs, support young people to try and stay on the side of environmental issues. This auctioned set will also give the winner a tour of the IWC factory and a pair of racing gloves signed by racer Laura Kraihamer.

For those waiting for the remaining 49 units, please prepare a fund of $10,000 or around Rp 140 million.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Specification

Titanium case;

Diameter 43.0 mm;

Height 14.8 mm;

Screw in crown;

See-through sapphire glass back;

Water resistance 6 bar;

69385 Calibre;

IWC-manufactured movement;

Automatic, self-winding;

46 hours Power Reserve;

Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz);

231 Components;

33 Jewels;

Côtes de Genève, perlage;

Chronograph function with hours, minutes and seconds;

Day and date display;

Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure;

Sapphire glass, convex, anti reflective coating on both sides;

Small hacking seconds;

Limited to 50 pieces.

 

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