The Passione Caracciola rally honours the memory of Rudolf “Karratsch” Caracciola, who became a three-time Grand Prix European champion in the 1930s. This is the third time IWC Schaffhausen has been a partner of the Passione Caracciola rally. This year’s event starts in Milan and ends in Lugano, with a route that passes through Monza, St Moritz, Davos and Arosa.
I touched it in detail at the beginning of this report. Although an in-house developed movement would make this view (probably) thicker and undoubtedly more expensive, you can debate whether $6300 Euro is not a bit too expensive for a Sellita SW200 driven watch. Iwc Ingenieur White Replica has increased their prices quite a bit during the last few years and as long as their is a good demand for their watches, that is all swell of course. However, it seems we’re now facing a new period to come where folks want value for money again, even when it comes to luxury watches. Whether this tendency will persist in the months and possibly years ahead, IWC might have pushed their luck a bit too hard with these cost increases. For this sort of cash, peers of IWC such as Rolex and Omega, can offer at least in-house developed movements.That stated, I feel the IWC Ingenieur has its own group of dedicated fans and followers, who are not bothered with these concerns. It’s a timepiece with character, both due its layout but also because of its (Genta) history. It is quite tricky to keep a iconic timepiece and keep it new every now and then without losing its heart (design) values. IWC triumphed in that with this particular IWC Ingenieur reference 3239. This past year, same moment of this year, same location, IWC introduced exactly what we believed would stay some limited edition watches, the 3 Ingenieur Chronograph Special Editions for Goodwood. Well, it appears that responses of collectors were good — and we have to agree together, these watches, using their vintage-inspired design, echoing the very first versions of their Ingenieur, and their brand new in-house chronograph movement, had some discussions.
“Not only does the Passione Caracciola rally honour one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, but it also offers the perfect stage for us to showcase our new Ingenieur collection, which combines classic elegance and sporty style”, explained Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of Iwc Ingenieur 9232 Replica Schaffhausen. “With a design that harks back to the first generations of this watch family from the 1950s and 1960s, this historically inspired watch also appeals specifically to vintage car lovers”, he added.
After this presentation, the next item on the agenda was a trip to the Formula One track in Monza. The participants had the chance to get a taste of the rally atmosphere in vintage DTM vehicles such as the Mercedes 190 E Evo, driven by racing drivers Maro Engel and Bernd Schneider. They also took to the wheel of classic cars like the Mercedes 190 SLR from the 1950s, where they practised the regularity driving technique used at events like the Passione Caracciola rally. The new Ingenieur Chronograph Sport (Ref. IW380901) was on the drivers’ wrists to ensure precise timekeeping.