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IWC Schaffhausen Pays Tribute To AMG's 50th Anniversary The Only Way It Knows How

IWC Schaffhausen Pays Tribute To AMG’s 50th Anniversary The Only Way It Knows How

Only 250 watches will be made and five of them come with the AMG GT3 racers

Mercedes-Benz is celebrating AMG’s 50th anniversary in style, and now that Swiss watchmaker IWC is involved, that statement can be taken quite literally. The Swiss-based premium timepiece company has served as the official timekeeper for Mercedes-AMG since 2004. IWC is marking the celebration with a special edition version of its Ingenieur watch.

The watch is low-key compared to what we’ve become used to when automakers collaborate with watchmakers. Often times, these collaborations result in outlandish-looking watches that are either decked in fancy trim, have elaborate straps, or are just look plain bonkers. But IWC opted for a subtle approach with its AMG anniversary watch, resisting the urge to be flamboyant and instead opt for class and sophistication. The result is a watch that showcases the style, grace, and all-around performance that AMG has been known to provide for the last five decades. Only 250 examples of the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph will be made. And while there’s still no price on these limited edition watches, we do know five of them came with the special edition AMG GT3 race cars Mercedes-AMG unveiled at the Nürburgring in May.

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Gift Ideas From Our Favorite Automakers' Online Stores

Gift Ideas From Our Favorite Automakers’ Online Stores

The holiday season is upon us so its entirely understandable if you’re scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. You don’t want to be one of those people who receive all these cool gifts and give gift certificates in return, right? These days, it’s perfectly normal to do online shopping. As a matter of fact, it has become a more convenient way to shop for gifts than going to the mall and squeezing yourselves between throngs of people doing the exact same thing. So we’re doing all of you a solid by compiling a list of gift options that you or your gearhead family members may be interested in. But instead of scouring the usual online stores, we’ve taken a slightly different approach and went straight to the online stores of some our favorite automakers.

We scoured for cool items to suggest and found a whole bunch of them. These items range in price from affordable gifts like a computer mouse all the way to a premium smartphone that isn’t even on the market yet. Just remember that these gifts are just suggestions. Whether you buy them or not is entirely up to you.

Click past the jump to read about our gift ideas from the online stores of various automakers.

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Mercedes Teams With Pebble to Produce a Smartwatch Application

Mercedes Teams With Pebble to Produce a Smartwatch Application

Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with smartwatch company, Pebble, to create what the former is calling a chance to "develop innovative integrated applications" for the Pebble smartwatch. It’s not the kind of collaboration that you normally see between a car manufacturer and a timepiece company because there’s really no special-edition watch that Pebble will release in its partnership with Mercedes.

Instead, Mercedes and Pebble are creating a system that will allow the German automaker to integrate its DigitalDriveStyle app with a number of Pebble smartwatches, which will allow users to integrate their watches with their Mercedes vehicles.

The full scope of features will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, but early hints coming from Mercedes suggests that users can do an assortment of things with the Pebble smartwatches, including getting important information like fuel levels, door-lock status and vehicle locations from their watches by just glancing at it. Another unique feature of the integrated system is that it’s capability to alert drivers of any upcoming obstacles on the road, including accidents and road construction.

It’s a cool new technological device that we’re curious to see at CES this January. Hopefully, this partnership bears fruit for Mercedes and Pebble smartwaches in the future.

Click past the jump to read about Mercedes’ latest hot-ticket vehicle and one car that could benefit from this collaboration the CLA-Class

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Car Gift Idea: Carlsson SLK340 Limited Edition Chronograpgh

Car Gift Idea: Carlsson SLK340 Limited Edition Chronograpgh

Just in time for the holidays, Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, Carlsson, is offering a select few customers a chance to own a limited-edition timepiece. Called the SLK 340 chronograph, the same name of the one-off competition car built by Carlsson and presented at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the 99-piece chronograph features a decadent of luxurious pieces befitting its exclusive label.

The watch comes with an ionized matte-black stainless-steel bracelet that features two contrasting gloss-black link highlights. One look at the face and you’ll instantly be reminded of its motorsports inspiration, further emphasized by a red second hand, subsidiary dials, and luminous points and hands, making for an ideal watch to have in your wrist when in the dark.

The tachymeter scale on the bezel and the date display enhance the versatile appeal of the watch while the 45 mm diameter case was machined from stainless steel and treated with the same durable ionized matte-black finish of the stainless steel bracelet.

As was mentioned, the Carlsson SLK 340 chronograph is limited to only 99 units at &euro299 a pop, which is a little over $400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Carlsson SLK 340

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Video: Hamilton and IWC Recreate the 1934 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Hillclimb

Video: Hamilton and IWC Recreate the 1934 Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow Hillclimb

Germany was actually a very humble place in all the interwar and post-war periods of the twentieth century. These hard-working people loved industry from the clang of first steel horseshoe on stone streets.

In 1934, a Mercedes Silver Arrow W25 won the famous Klausenpass hill-climb event, plus four other important races.

The SIlver Arrow’s sleek styling and high-speed mission was the Pagani Zonda R of its time. Or perhaps the Bloodhound SSC.

The Klausenpass hill climb is 14 miles long and in 1934 the Silver Arrow managed to run it in 15 minutes and 22.2 seconds.

Now, Mercedes in and IWC Watches have teamed up to recreate the famous run on the Swiss Alpine course.

IWC, sharp-eyed readers may recall, makes the elegant new boxed timepiece in the center of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model driven earlier this week.

The video begins with Mercedes-Benz’s resident F1 hero. Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton and the Silver Arrow are just about the epitome of modern, thriving and also deeply humble Germany.

The W25 prepared for the 1934 season weighted only 750 kilos (1653 pounds) and was powered by a supercharged Straight-8 M25 engine with an output of 300 horsepower. The W25 remained into the racing world until 1937, during which period it was updated with a more powerful 4.3 liter supercharged inline-eight engine with an output of 490 horsepower.

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Concept watch "Silver Arrow" GT Series

Concept watch "Silver Arrow" GT Series

We see a lot of concept cars here and there in the auto industry, but it’s very rare to see a concept watch come across our pages. The famous French designer Fabien Cacheux has unveiled the new "Silver Arrow" GT Series concept watch in honor of the new Mercedes SLS AMG. You may have seen some of his previous work in the famous Bugatti 16 C Galibier watch.

The new Silver Arrow GT Series watch features a central tourbillon, power reserve, and a tachometer needle’s three star-shaped reflecting the emblem of the brand. The power reserve is at 6 o’clock. The bracelet is made of titanium neoprene and opens and closes like the butterfly doors of the Mercedes. The two buttons (Open / Close) surrounding the crown can open and close the car remotely.

This idea is similar to the one of the Aston Martin DBS Volante Watch which can also open and close the doors of the DBS in addition to turning the lights on and off.

The "Silver Arrow" GT Series concept watch is as good of an idea as any other watch that has seen production, but, as we mentioned earlier, the decision to produce this timepiece is still up in the air.

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