The Record Setter: Lewis Hamilton

Life speeds up as you get older, they say, and that is true even for professional speed merchant Lewis Hamilton, who has been chasing the clock since he began racing karts at the age of eight and is on track to surpass Michael Schumacher’s record for pole positions. “The cars this year are the fastest in Formula One history, so I’m breaking lap records at every race,” says the Mercedes driver, who is gunning for his fourth World Championship title. “The second I switch off the pit-lane speed limiter and accelerate to 150mph, I’m buzzing. That absolute shock of speed gives me a rush every time.” Wearing great watches is “one of the cool perks” of the job, says Hamilton, who, away from the world where every 1/1000th of a second counts, takes an under-the-bonnet interest in his wristwear collection. He names the IWC Pilot as his go-to and the Portofino as his current favourite for laidback elegance. “My dream is to have a real hands-on role designing a watch,” he says. “I love titanium, rose gold, and tourbillons; I love see-through watches where you see 500-plus parts working. That’s cool.”—Sarah Edworthy

Photographed by Robert Wunsch at the Mayfair NCP, Grosvenor Hill, on July 24, 2017, wearing the IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month

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