In 2012 IWC celebrated the year of the “Fliegeruhr” the pilot’s watches. 2013 will now be the year of the “Ingenieur” and 2014 than the year of the “Aquatimer”.
IWC will show a complete new collection of “Ingenieur” watches at the SIHH in January 2013. Of course “Ingenieur” is all about technical appearance and technical values. The “Ingenieur” became famous as the antimagnetic watch in the 1950s and than became an icon when in 1976 IWC unveiled the “Ingenieur SL” designed by Gérald Genta. Since than the “Ingenieur” belongs to the exclusive club of sporty luxurious watches such as the Patek Philippe “Nautilus”, the Vacheron Constantin “Oveseas” and of course the Audemars Piguet “Royal Oak”.
The first pictures of the “Ingenieur” 2013 show timepieces that have the DNA of Gérald Genta, but are also adapted to the needs of today.
I like the fact that IWC has not forgotten to implement the typical antimagnetic protection by again using a soft-iron inner case. 40.000 amperes per meter (A/m) are good, but not as good as the 80.000 A/m we saw before. IWC obviously tried to find a compromise in-between antimagnetic protection and elegant look. The new models are surprisingly elegant! With a case measuring just 10 millimeters in height and 40 millimeters in diameter, the new “Ingenieur Automatic” is equally well suited to a slimmer wrist.
The more sporty ones are the new “Ingenieur” chronographs. The Ingenieur “Chronograph Racer” and the “Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil” (Ref. 3785) are perfect for recording periods of time, pit-stop times and, with the help of the tachymeter scale, the speed achieved over a measured distance. The Racer features the engraving of a modern Formula One-car while the “Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil” revives the legend of the historic Mercedes-Benz racing car of the same name. The silver-coloured circular graining on the dial is a tribute to the legendary Silver Arrow W25, whose instruments were placed on a dashboard with a circular-grain decoration. In addition, a historic Silver Arrow is engraved on the case back.
More “Ingenieur” watches will than be shown at the SIHH in January 2013. Let me therefore quote Georges Kern, IWC CEO: “The new Ingenieur collection boasts three distinct quality features: first-class IWC-manufactured movements, sophisticated functions and typical Formula One-materials. Some of the in-house movements bear witness to the inventive spirit of our watchmakers. These include the highly complex 94800 calibre with its constant-force mechanism and the 89802 calibre with the quick-action switch. With complications like the tourbillon, perpetual calendar, digital big date and moon phase display, the Ingenieur watch line has finally taken its place in the upper echelons of haute horlogerie.”
Ref. IW323902: stainless-steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp
Ref. IW323904: stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp
Ref. IW323906: stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, rose-gold-plated hands and appliqués, stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp
Mechanical movement 30110 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz; 21 jewels; 42 h power reserve – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Central hacking seconds – Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields up to 40,000 A/m – Screw-in crown -waterproof 120 meters
Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic (46 x 14.5 mm)
Name: Ingenieur AMG Black Series. Dimensions: 46 mm in diameter and 14.5 mm in height. Movement: IWC caliber 80110
and an optional ceramic version with a brown dial …
The Ingenieur “Chronograph Racer” 2x and in-between the “Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil”. 45 x 15 mm, powered by the IWC in-house automatic flyback chronograph calibre “89361”.