I touched it in detail at the beginning of this article. Though an in-house designed movement would make this view (probably) thicker and definitely more expensive, you can debate whether $6300 Euro is not a bit too expensive for a Sellita SW200 powered watch. IWC has improved their costs quite a bit over the last few years and provided that their is a fantastic demand for their watches, that is all swell of course. However, it seems we’re now facing a new phase to come where people want value for cash, even when it comes to luxury watches. For this kind of cash, peers of IWC like Rolex and Omega, are able to provide at least in-house built movements.That said, I feel the IWC Ingenieur has its own set of dedicated followers and fans, who are not bothered by these concerns. It’s a timepiece with character, both because its layout but also due to its (Genta) history. It is quite difficult to keep an iconic timepiece and keep it new every now and then without losing its heart (design) values. IWC triumphed in that with this IWC Ingenieur reference 3239. Well, it seems that responses of collectors were good — and we have to agree together, these watches, with their vintage-inspired layout, echoing the very first versions of their Ingenieur, and their brand new in-house chronograph movement, had some discussions.
The Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” (Ref. IW324602) – that also commemorates IWC’s ten-year partnership with Mercedes-AMG – is the first watch worldwide to feature a case made of boron carbide, currently the hardest ceramic of them all, and will be limited to just 25 pieces.
The timepiece is equipped with the in-house 80110-calibre, which has an integrated shock-absorption system. As a tribute to its namesake, the colour black has been combined with stylish yellow elements that reference AMG’s exclusive colour, “solarbeam”. The screws in the bezel and crown are made of black zirconium oxide.
The watch is secured to the wrist with a rugged, skin-friendly rubber strap. With the black Dinamica® inlay, which is set off with yellow quilted stitching, the watch features the same innovative microfibre used by Mercedes-AMG to pad the steering wheel, seat upholstery and headliner in the new Mercedes-AMG GT.
The name chosen for the new watch is a tribute to the new Mercedes-AMG sports car, the second vehicle built entirely in-house by the performance brand of Mercedes-Benz. Since January 2013, Iwc Ingenieur Vintage Laureus Edition Replica has built on its involvement in motor racing as Official Engineering Partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team and has two fine brand ambassadors in Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
The Goodwood Members’ Meeting is the first in a series of historic races that can count on IWC Schaffhausen’s support in the years ahead. In 2014, the Goodwood Road Racing Club (GRRC) re-established its club racing tradition with the Members’ Meeting. These races, held at the circuit that opened in 1948, are open exclusively to members and were a resounding success between 1949 and 1966. The hallmark of the Goodwood Members’ Meeting has always been a world-class field of historic racing cars and well-known drivers.
IWC Schaffhausen brought three spectacular AMG vehicles to Goodwood: the latest Mercedes- AMG GT, one Mercedes F1 W04, and the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG – AMG’s first vehicle, which created a sensation in 1971 when it clinched second place in the 24-hour touring car race at Spa.
In an unconventional “race against time” at Goodwood Members’ Meeting this year, German ex-racing driver Jochen Mass took the 300 SEL 6.8 AMG through its paces on the circuit while his Austrian colleague Karl Wendlinger got behind the wheel of the Mercedes-AMG GT and set out in pursuit. Anthony Davidson,winner of last year’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and former Formula One driver, was in no hurry with his Formula One racing car at the start, but soon moved into top gear and put in a fantastic performance to cross the finishing line at the same time as the other two vehicles.
Apart from this spectacle, visitors witnessed a series of keenly contested races and high-speed demonstrations featuring cars from the pre-war era to 1990s Group C prototypes. At the end of the race weekend, IWC Schaffhausen honoured the driver who had recorded the fastest lap time with a special timepiece from the Ingenieur line: the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil (Ref. IW378505).