Press release: English luxury watchmakers, IWI Watches, is delighted to welcome the renowned designer Peter Stevens to the company as Design Consultant.
Peter Stevens is one of the UK’s best-known international car designers. He has won numerous honours for his work which includes creating road and race cars for McLaren, most notably, the McLaren F1 which is regarded as one of the greatest supercars of all time. Peter also created designs for Lamborghini, BMW, Lotus and Prodrive among others. Cars designed by Peter are in automotive collections across the world and have been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as London’s Design Museum. He’s also been nominated twice as the UK’s HRH Prince Phillip Designer of the Year as well as being Visiting Professor of Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art having taught the top designers now working at Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari and Lotus to name just a few.
Both of Peter’s parents were artists and his uncle, Denis Jenkinson, was the motoring journalist who read pace notes alongside Stirling Moss in the Mercedes Benz 300 SLR that won the 1955 Mille Miglia road race. “I am absolutely delighted that Peter has agreed to join the team at IWI Watches”, said Tim Nadin, CEO. “To have someone of the international calibre of Peter guiding us on our design direction for the future is quite extraordinary and marks a new chapter for IWI Watches. The McLaren F1 has written itself into the imagination of car enthusiasts worldwide as one of the most timeless designs in supercar history and now Peter will capture time itself within the future horological creations of IWI Watches.”
Among Peter’s best known road and race designs are the 1999 Le Mans-winning BMW, the Lotus Elan, the Lotus Esprit revision, Jaguar’s XJR-15 and the Subaru Impreza P1 road car as well as the world rally series-winning Subaru Impreza WRCs. During his career, Peter has worked with many of the world’s leading transportation companies, including Automobili Lamborghini, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Rolls-Royce and Subaru. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity of a new challenge in the horological world,” commented Peter Stevens, Design Consultant to IWI Watches. “I’ve always had a great passion for the precise and detailed mechanical engineering of watches as I have for cars. But, in the same way as the cars I’ve designed, it’s the package – the case, the watch face, the hands, the crown and even the strap and various mechanisms around these areas which encase the movement that are most obvious and where the aesthetic and tactile originality is. I’ve been very privileged to have designed for some fantastic automotive companies in my career and I’m really looking forward to working with IWI Watches with their on-going product design programme.”