Mercedes times it right with IWC Schaffhausen extension

Formula One motor-racing team Mercedes has extended a partnership with watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen.

The Swiss company became the official engineering partner of Mercedes in 2013 and has now confirmed its commitment for three more years, from 2016 to 2018.

The link between IWC Schaffhausen and AMG, the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz, dates back to 2004. The team's drivers, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, will act as ‘Friends of the Brand’.

On the eve of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, Hamilton and Rosberg have presented their own IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Editions. These two special edition watches, limited to 250 pieces each, were personally designed by the drivers, working closely with IWC's watchmakers in Schaffhausen.

Hamilton and Rosberg are currently engaged in a battle for the 2014 drivers’ world championship. Following Hamilton’s win at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month the British driver sits 22 points behind his German rival heading into Singapore.