It was first unveiled in the mid-1970’s — and – for those true watch lovers – it was originally designed by the legendary Gerald Genta, who revolutionized the appearance of modern watches with uncomplicated technologically inspired designs. For the IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur SL, he brought the bores for the screws that hold the bezel in place, to the forefront- making them a design element and the hallmark of the line.
Over the years, IWC has added some revolutionary pieces to the Ingenieur collection, and this year, the brand unveils the newest recreations – geared for admirers of sophisticated, high-performance in-house IWC movements. The completely remodeled 2013 Ingenieur watch collection focuses on the brand’s new partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One™ team. For the next 3 years, IWC is the Official Engineering Partner of the Mercedes-Benz works team, and for this year’s unveiling the inspiration is from Formula One.
The materials used in the new collection – as in motorsports – are ceramic, carbon fiber, titanium –all of which underscore the pure, functional and technical richness of the Ingenieur. One of the key watches in the collection is the patented Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon (Ref. 5900) in a platinum and ceramic case. Also a destined winner is the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month watch cased in titanium aluminide.
Because the cornerstone of this new set, IWC introduces a simple 3-hand variant of the Ingenieur, little by the dimensions, strong from the reference into the classic models. The first thing to know about this edition of the new IWC Ingenieur is the fact that it’s both faithful concerning design but also extremely restrained in terms of proportions. While IWC was usually more on the rugged dimensions of watchmaking, they revealed a solid evolution since a couple of decades, with the introduction of “diminished” watches — visit the 40mm Pilot Mark XVIII for instance). This Ingenieur Automatic follows exactly the same route and comes in a reasonably sized instance — 40mm x 10.5mm.As for your dials, the similarity with the old Ingenieur watches is also quite blatant. We find back the exact same glossy and functional appearance — slightly modernized though — a sleek face with no excess inscriptions and these normal rectangular indicators together with luminous dots. 3 versions will be available: stainless with silver-plated dial, rhodium plated hands and black strap (IW357001), stainless steel with black dial, rhodium plated hands and metallic bracelet (IW357002) and eventually 18 red gold case with slate-coloured dial, gold-plated hands, solid reddish gold appliqués on the dial and black strap (IW357003).Inside the case is your calibre 35111, an automatic movement with dependable structure, beating at 4Hz and supplying 42h of power book. The caseback is closed along with the watch water resistant to 120m. Two little Truth concerning this brand new IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40mm: we would have love to see the vintage logo with lightning on the dial and a beads of rice bracelet (like a few of the vintage versions). Still, this watch stays a nice and perfectly proportioned option.
On the sportier race-related side, outstanding new pieces include the limited Automatic Carbon Performance (with a case and dial made of epoxy resin-soaked carbon fiber matting), as well as the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer (shown here and retailing for $13,100) and the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil (Ref. 3785) – both 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. The silver-colored 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. We will bring you more about this exciting collection soon. Stay Tuned.
READ OUR “WATCHMAKING 2013” DOSSIER