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F1 Champ Lewis Hamilton Just Rocked a Rare IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Set With Diamonds

Lewis Hamilton

Talk about a blast from the past.

On Wednesday, Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton took to X (the social media platform formerly known as Twitter) to share an image of what appeared to be a custom IWC watch that was particularly eye-catching because of its diamond-covered case. A closer look revealed that the timepiece is actually a version of the Ingenieur Chronograph the brand created in 2013, but set with gems and mounted on a gray strap.

At a quick glance it initially appeared that Hamilton might be revealing another first look at an unreleased timepiece. Back in June, he made headlines at the Spanish Grand Prix—and not solely for his second-place victory. The seven-time F1 champ was photographed sporting a mysterious IWC watch during celebrations in Barcelona. It was officially unveiled by the Swiss watchmaker just over a week later as a new Top Gun watch inspired by the wintery landscape of Lake Tahoe.

Hamilton, an IWC ambassador since 2013, has since been spotted wearing the watch at a number of events, including the F1 Italian Grand Prix 2023 this week in Monza, Italy. The stylish racer paired the timepiece with a black jersey emblazoned a host of partner names from Mercedes Benz to Pirelli, layered pearl and diamond necklaces, plus blacked-out sunglasses to complete the look. The new Top Gun reference in white effortlessly pops in images against the dark hues.

The World Champion spoke with Robb Report last month in the Mercedes motorhome at Amsterdam’s Zandvoort circuit. He exclusively revealed details on his F1 break, how a near-death experience isn’t stopping him from taking risks, and his thoughts on the season ahead. He even offered the writer, Robin Swithinbank, a hands-on look at his Lake Tahoe watch (“Have you seen this?” he asks excitedly, passing me his watch). Hopefully the next time we catch up with Hamilton, he’ll have more to say about his sparkling piece of wrist candy.

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