A novelty of this summer season is the beautiful American in a new suit. Crafted in precious platinum, the Historiques American 1921 is inspired by an original cushion shaped model from the 1920s. This contemporary reinterpretation of an icon from the Roaring Twenties remains loyal to the original version in every way. A crown placed between 1 and 2 o’clock was created by Vacheron Constantin for the American market.The classic yet original finely grained silvered dial bears 12 blue painted Arabic numerals and blued Breguet-type hands.

 

American 1921

Fitted with a lightly domed crystal, the 40 mm-diameter case, houses Vacheron Constantin manual-winding Caliber 4400 AS. This movement has a particularly hand-crafted finishing.

The restrained and timeless elegance of this ‘dandy chic’ American 1921 watch is complemented by a dark blue alligator leather strap fitted with a platinum buckle.

American 1921

Technical Data

Reference:

82035/000P-B168

Caliber:

4400 AS Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, manual-winding

28.60 mm (12 ½ ‘’’) diameter 2.80 mm thick

Approximately 65 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) 1

27 components 21 jewels

Indications:

Hours, minutes Small seconds at 4h30

Case:

Platinum 950

40 x 40 mm, 8 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial:

Silvered grain-finished

Blue painted Arabic numerals

Black painted minute-track

Blued steel hands

Strap:

Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales

Buckle:

Platinum 950 buckle

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

ENDED: In a collaboration with the great manufacture Officine Panerai we offer two beautiful books for our Panerai Giveaway. Both books will be offered in a hardcover protective case. Read more about the books below.

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The first book is a hard to get two volume works on the Special Editions of Panerai from 1997-2014. Every special edition watch is described over two pages with stunningly detailed pictures and every technical detail. This will be the reference guide of Special Edition Panerai watches throughout these years.

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Special Editions 1997 - 2014 Book

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Special Editions 1997 - 2014 Book

The second book is the brand new Orologeria Panerai. The book tells the story of the past and present of the Florentine high quality sports watchmaking brand. It consists of five essays covering five different aspects of the identity of Officine Panerai, each one written by a different author. The essays take the reader on a journey through the fascinating worlds which define the distinctive identity of the Florentine brand: the history, the technology, the sea and the design.

The essays by the five authors are accompanied by photographs of extraordinary beauty and evocativeness, covering various times and places as they retrace the steps which brought the Panerai legend into being.

 

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Orologeria Book

Panerai Giveaway - Panerai Orologeria Book

The elongated hood and the cockpit placed at the tail. My first view of the Mercedes AMG GTS leaves me speechless. This is a real sportscar. And when I hear the engine start up, my hand leaves the side of my body and reaches for the sky long before I hear the words Who wants to go first?

I had the pleasure of spending three days on the german autobahn with the Mercedes AMG GTS. As you’ve already understood I have a serious fondness for fast cars. It is not so much the engine and the engineering that I find alluring, it’s more the possibility of going really fast. Sometimes I get afraid for myself when I have this much power at my disposal. To be honest I am not a very good driver either. And I do not believe the people at Mercedes knew who they trusted their car with. If they had known they would never have invited me to the AMG factory in Affalterbach, on the outskirts of Stuttgart.

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Mercedes AMG GTS

Mercedes AMG GTS

Mercedes AMG GTS
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

Mercedes AMG GTS is a car developed entirely by the AMG factory. They say themselves that they do not make cars, they make engines. On the GTS they supposedly designed and developed the engine first, and then they built the car around the engine. It is still the aesthetics of the Mercedes AMG GTS that dazzle me. The inspiration is clearly from the Mercedes-Bens SLR300 Coupé designed by the famous Rudolph Uhlenhaut in 1955. That is a big plus in my opinion. The SLR300 is a looker and the GTS is a refined edition. It is simply a pure and beautiful sportscar.

Driving the car, even at slow speeds, disclose a fantastic balance. At high speed the car is so stable that 240 km/h feels like 80 km/h in my normal car. That would be the quite boring and  family friendly Passat Alltrack. AMG placed the engine as low as possible on the aluminium spaceframe and behind the front axle. The dual clutch transmission at the back axle. The weight is distributed optimally and the balance is near perfect. The result is impressive agility and handling.

The kick and the power in the 4.0 liter V8 biturbo is evident at once. The car has got numbers that are not unheard of when we are talking about sports cars, 510 Hp – 650 Nm, but the weight to hp ratio is insane at 3.3 kg/hp. At the end of the video above you can see me come up behind a Mini. Being forced to break, I have 120 km/h for a few seconds there. When I leave the Mini behind I have 240 km/h. AMG states 0-100 km/h in 3.8 sec. I may have had a limp foot there behind that Mini, but the dual clutch transmission system saved me a good 4 sec on 120-240 km/h.

All said, breaking is really the funniest thing to experience in this car, and in AMGs in general. Of course the ceramic brakes is a blast to test, but the bubbling sound of the engine when shifting to a lower gear just makes me ecstatic.

You don’t need to be an educated race driver to have fun in this car. It is astonishingly easy to drive for a car with this much power and potential. I just buckled my seat belt and did 240 km/h on snowy roads as easy as driving my family car. The only difference was the amount of speed, sound and thrill.

Mercedes AMG GTS

Mercedes AMG GTS
One Man. One Engine.
Mercedes AMG GTS
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

The car I tested was priced at 185.000 EUR.

You will find more information at Mercedes AMG.

Mercedes AMG GTS
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images for IWC

 

Goodwood Members Meeting 74th started today on March 19th. Traditionally this is England’s most prestigious meeting for classic cars. Every year Lord March invites cars, owners and enthusiasts to recreate the atmosphere of car racing in the 50s and 60s at his Goodwood estate in Chichester.

IWC Goodwood 74th

This year there will be 12 races during a full weekend. To me the highlight is in Group 5 for race cars and Silver Arrows. The event brings lots of opportunities to see classic cars and race cars that really belong in a museum.

A week before Goodwood 74th I joined in on getting the Silver Arrows ready for racing. Before a race like this the cars are separated into parts and then rebuilt and tuned by specialized mechanics with Mercedes in Stuttgart.

Silver Arrow
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images

More on the Silver Arrows here. 

The watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen introduced three classically inspired Ingenieur models at this years Goodwood festival. IWC took upon them the responsibility to ship the legendary W196 og W25 Silver Arrows to England for this event. Since their partnership started with Formula 1 in 2013 the Mercedes AMG Petronas and IWC Schaffhausen have emphasized their fellow values for technical innovation and workmanship. This is also why the Ingenieurs these last few years have had the more modern design expression of Gérald Genta. With the new classic design on the Ingenieur chronographs IWC will connect racing history with watchmaking history. The bond between IWC and Mercedes AMG again makes a lot of sense and in my opinion it grows stronger as we clearly can see the history and tradition from both brands connected.

Silver Arrow
Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” is all about this years event at the southern coast of England. The watch is limited to 74 pieces and comes in a solid red gold case at 42 mm. This case have a more classic expression in contrast to the more technically inspired case from Gérald Gentas typical Ingenieur design. The black dial with the three subdials and tachymeter scale is evidently inspired by the dashboard of a classic sports car. (Ref IW380703)IWC Goodwood 74th

IWC Goodwood 74th

 

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is a steel watch measuring in at 42 mm and limited to 750 pieces. Rudolf Caracciola was a legendary race car driver who won three european championships in the 1930s. (Ref IW380702)

IWC Goodwood 74th

Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W125” is picking up on the design from Mercedes Benz W125 Silver Arrow. During the 1930s these cars dominated all the prestigious races. Now IWC presents a great looking 42 mm titanium chronograph limited to 750 pieces.

IWC Goodwood 74th

All these special edition chronographs will be powered by the new in-House calibre 69370 from IWC. Finally IWC launches a new column-wheel movement from inside it’s own quarters. It is nothing more than fantastic news in my opinion. They now have a self-designed and self-built chronograph movement with 46 hours power reserve beating at 4 Hz. How wonderful!IWC Goodwood 74th