Mere couple of days before barreling into the season’s closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One driver and IWC Schaffhausen ambassador, joined HRH Prince Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal, himself a GT champion and IWC brand friend, for an intimate chat on racing and success.
In front of a select group of VIP guests in Dubai, Rosberg traced his initial steps into the world of high speeds. In fact, the 31-year old German, son of former world champion Keke Rosberg, was nurtured on the sport. At the tender age of 6, he began to kart race. In the years since, he bolted his track through Formula Three and GP2 before accelerating to Formula One in 2006.
As a teenager, Rosberg received an IWC watch as a token from his father. The gift sparked the driver’s ever close ties with the Swiss horologer that, in 2013, prompted Rosberg’s brand ambassadorship. The same year, the watchmaker became the Official Engineering Partner of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One.
The following season, IWC unveiled the 250-piece Ingenieur Chronograph “Nico Rosberg” Edition, whose neon yellow seconds hand and 12-o’clock totalizer hand reference Rosberg’s signature helmet in the same bright hue.
“For me, IWC watches epitomize not only complex technology and unmatched performance but also passion and emotions,” Rosberg said on that occasion. What followed was a blossoming relation between the driver and the brand, as evinced at the talk on November 24.
“It was a special honor for us to host this exclusive event with Nico, who is an amazing athlete with a great personality,” said Luc Rochereau, IWC Regional Brand Director.
With nine wins this season, Rosberg is to defend his currently leading position this Sunday’s final prix, when his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who is only a dozen points behind him, will also race for the gold.