For the second year in a row IWC remains a partner of the Rally Passione Caraciolla; in honour of the legendary racing driver Rudolf Caraciolla.
Born on 30th of January 1901, Rudolf Caraciolla is one of the most talented and successful racing drivers of his time. Known as the ‘King of the Rain’ in homage to his wet track driving skills, he won not only three European Championship titles but also 144 from the 204 races he finished.
To honour his memories and success, IWC is very proud to present two special editions belonging to the Ingenieur watch family. The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ‘Rudolph Caraciolla ‘ and the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ‘W 125’ is reminiscent of the legendary Silver Arrow from Mercedes -Benz.
Both models will be limited to 750 pieces each and have were presented on 15th June in Zürich at the famous Dolder Hotel; followed by a dinner hosted by IWC Schaffhausen and CEO Georges Kern. In attendance was world famous German driver Jochen Mass, a firm friend of the Schaffhausen watch manufacture.
The first chronograph is housed in a stainless steel case. It holds a sense of seduction through its technical expertise and very elegant look. The brown calfskin strap acknowledges the leather racing car seats of days gone by and gives the timepiece a unique vintage feel, one that is very much appreciated by watch and cars lovers alike.
The second chronograph ‘W 125’ pays tribute to the Silver Arrow from Mercedes Benz, in which Rudolf Caraciolla recorded the highest speed per hour ever driven on a public road: 432.7 km.
As mentioned by Christian Knoop, creative director of IWC Schaffhausen, these two watches pay tribute to the legendary driver, through its elegant design and technological know how. In both- watch making and car racing time, speed and technical expertise and the respect for details and precision are essential. A single second can make all the difference. For vintage cars in particular, the design pays tribute to the old days where driving was still associated with a certain ‘art de vivre’.
The Rally itself takes four days and goes from Regensdorf (close to Zürich) to Bern, Interlaken, Andermatt and Ambri to Lugano where Rudolph Caraciolla lived for a period of time. The rules state all historical cars built before 1980 are allowed to participate. The cars are then divided into four categories, regardless of the brand and model they belong to.
Legendary driver Jochen Mass, former Le-Mans winner, drove himself for the first part of the rally from Regensdorf to Bern. For him the most important thing is to enjoy the driving experience with joy and respect towards oneself, the others and the vintage cars. Remaining understated and faithful to the cause are two things that Mass build his foundation upon; much like the timepieces of IWC Schaffhausen. Using their Swiss watch expertise and combining it with passion, elegance and modernity IWC Schaffhausen will remain at the forefront of the Swiss watch making industry for generations to come.