On Wednesday night, in the handsome, gilded surrounds of Café Royal down on Piccadilly, Gentleman’s Journal was thrilled to partner with IWC Schaffhausen for a very special evening with Mercedes’ George Russell. In a private, intimate gathering — made up largely of F1 fans and IWC acolytes — George and editor-at-large Joe Bullmore had a candid discussion about life on and off the track.
It was the week before the British Grand Prix, of course, and so naturally we began by talking about the added pressure of being a homegrown talent among the Silverstone faithful — before veering off in some very interesting directions indeed. George, lightning fast behind the wheel, was also quick witted in his succession of stories from the frontline of F1 — including his camaraderie with team partner Lewis Hamilton, his pre-race rituals, and the very best and worst things about life as a professional driver.
George — wrist resplendent in an IWC Portugeiser Chronograph in green rubber strap — also spoke warmly about his long love affair with IWC, which began even before his time as a Mercedes team member, when he was a promising junior with big ambitions. The talk was followed by a lovely meal of burrata and fresh local tomatoes; exquisite salmon; and a mille-feuille as light and life-affirming as the summer evening air.
Joe Bullmore, Joe Kennedy, Lawrence Van Hagen, Bella Buchanan and Gabriel Chipperfield
Grant Wilson, UK Brand Director of IWC
Bella Buchanan and Gabriel Chipperfield
Mikhel Ruia, and Buchan Richardson
Kydd Boyle and The Marquess of Blandford
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