IWC unveiled the new Ingenieur collection in spring, with a design that is starkly reminiscent of the first generations of the stylish classic from the 1950s. The collection will be available from autumn, but the watch family is already getting one new member: the Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG” .
Limited to 250 watches, the Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG” (Ref. IW380902) is driven by the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre with flyback function. The case is made of titanium and the dial with tachymeter scale is silver-plated. Like the first Ingenieur from 1955, this timepiece features a soft-iron cage for protection against magnetic fields. The lower part of the cage is visible through the sapphire-glass back and emulates the appearance of an AMG brake disc with in- dentations arranged in a radial formation. The engraving “A tribute to one men, one engine” is a reminder that the performance components from Mercedes-AMG are assembled from the bottom up in the engine manufacturing department by a single mechanic.
The watch was presented last weekend at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring north loop track known as the “Green Hell”. As a special highlight, Mercedes-Benz introduced the Mercedes-AMG GT3 Edition 50 at this event – an exclusive special edition with a limited run of only five cars to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Every buyer of the car also receives an Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG”. The dial design of the Iwc Ingenieur 2017 Price Replica timepiece is modelled on the typical colour combinations of racetracks such as the Nürburgring – with red and white for the kerbs and black for the asphalt.
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Edition 50.
IWC also made an appearance at the event as the sponsor of the Mercedes-AMG team HTP Motorsport, with Dominik Baumann (Austria), Maximilian Buhk (Germany), Edoardo Mortara (Italy) and Edward Sandström (Sweden). The AMG pilots were in a promising position when, just prior to the end of the race, rain set in – and the GT3, with its slick tyres, skidded on the racetrack.
The integrated steel bracelet is similarly an homage to the first, including brushed H-shaped links with rectangular facilities. The deployment clasp is included IWC, and attributes release pushers on the sides, an improvement over other mechanisms on integrated bracelet layouts (I am calling you out, Royal Oak). Unlike a lot of sports watches available on the market nowadays, IWC’s designers restrained themselves on the case back, and this can be solid steel instead of the apparently ubiquitous display back. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I am not a fan of screen backs on anything but the most exceptional of manufacture moves, so I was happy to not have any reason to complain here!Protecting the motion inside the instance remains an anti-magnetic cage, that provides the Ingenieur a resistance of 40,000 amperes per meter. This is the only version in the entire Ingenieur range to be anti-magnetic. This is surprising because the first Ingenieur was designed from the start to become an engineer’s watch, good for environments with powerful magnetic fields.Which brings me into the movement. Unlike the bigger 46mm versions from the new set, the 3239 uses the IWC calibre 30110, which is a modified ETA 2892, said by IWC for a base Sellita. This is an established, powerful tool watch motion using a 42 hour reserve that is easily serviceable and very reliable. Although pedestrian when compared to their brand new in-house calibres, I am personally not put off by the selection. The 2892 serves its purpose nicely and keeps the cost reasonable. Furthermore, I’m sure IWC will create in-house moves to match smaller pieces in the coming years, as IWC (and parent company Richemont) go away from third party suppliers completely.
The brand new Ingenieur collection also welcomes a chronograph, based on the 3 watches which IWC introduced last year as small variations. Basically, same case, same movement, same dimensions, yet with different dials and the apparition of a bracelet on stainless steel models. This chronograph variant shares using the Ingenieur Automatic many components, starting with its quite vintage-inspired case. Still, the diameter is here improved to integrate the chronograph screen and its movement.As said the 2017 IWC Ingenieur Chronograph is essentially a visual update of their 2016 limited editions, differentiating from the dial colors. The technical base remains identical. They could defy 120m of water and feature an open rear, in order to admire their recently presented chronograph movement.This 2017 IWC Ingenieur Chronograph features the latest motion developed by IWC and released last year’s limited editions, the Calibre 69375 — entirely explained here. The brand new chronograph movement was designed and developed from scratch. It needs to be viewed as a robust, standard movement that may be made in larger quantities meeting consistent high quality standards. It has been conceived to become the newest “entry-level” chronograph of this new (replacing In the long term the 7750-based movements), yet it features intriguing technical solutions. To start with, it is a fully incorporated calibre (that the chronograph a part of this motion, not added to it), with automatic winding and chronograph functions actuated by the mean of a column-wheel. It runs in a modern 4Hz frequency and ships 46h of power book. Additional its execution is much nicer than a standard movement. Entry level at IWC doesn’t mean low-end…
IWC sponsor of Mercedes-AMG-Tea HTP Motorsport.