In response to the FIA’s latest ruling that drivers aren’t allowed to wear jewellery at racing events, Lewis Hamilton appeared at the Miami Grand Prix press conference armed to the teeth in jewellery and watches. Yes, watches, plural.
Along with an armada of metal chains, what looked like all his earrings, several bracelets, and chunky rings on each finger knuckleduster style, the seven-time world champion wore three watches, all of them oversized sports watches from IWC’s Pilot’s Watch range. And they’re all completely different.
Most prominently, there was the newly released Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team” dressed in its unmissable mint green livery. This titanium model was unveiled literally just days ago and it was an ideal match with Hamilton’s knack for dopamine dressing.
The watch sat right next to a hulking 46.2mm IWC Big Pilot’s Watch which looked not a hair oversized on Hamilton’s wrist.
Opposite these two heavyweights was the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”, a watch that combines heft with horological gravitas, and yet completely lightweight and comfortable on the skin. Its neutral, monochromatic tones sit perfectly between the classic aesthetic of the Big Pilot’s Watch and the electric blue colours of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph.
Speaking out against the ban, Hamilton said: “They are personal things. You should be able to be who you are. There is stuff that I cannot move. I literally cannot even take these out. These ones on my right ear are welded in so I would have to get them chopped off. They will be staying.”
He added that many of his jewellery are made of platinum which is amagnetic so he doesn't even remove them for MRIs.
He hinted at skipping the Miami Grand Prix altogether, but ultimately Hamilton did participate in the race which flagged off on 8th May, finishing sixth place amid tension with the crew.
The FIA jewellery ban comes in as a safety precaution that could “hinder medical interventions” during an event. Drivers are also required to conform with underwear regulations in the interest of safety.