Big Ingenieur Chronograph that was launched two years ago is the perfect instrument for those people who feel themselves at home in the great outdoors and take on the challenges of nature. IWC has offered limited editions in 18-karat red gold and platinum which are sold out by now, but you can still purchase one of two remained stainless steel models.
This robust men’s watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured Caliber 89361 chronograph movement with a double-pawl winding system, a flyback function and an analogue display of long stop times. It displays recorded hours and minutes in an analogue display in a single counter. This means that the stop times can be read off as easily as the time of the day. For the short stop times of under a minute, it uses the central stopwatch hand. The chronograph can run continuously without having any noticeable effect on the watch’s rate and, thanks to the flyback function, it can be reset to zero and immediately starts a new timing sequence.
This Ingenieur Chronograph from the Swiss watchmaker IWC is housed in a large stainless steel case with 45.5 mm in diameter and 14.5 mm in thickness. Its large case incorporates a steel bezel with a tachymeter scale inscribed with Arabic numerals. It can be used for measuring the speed at which a reference distance of 1,000 meters has been completed. The case also incorporates an additional side guard to protect the screw-in crown from lateral impacts and a pair of easy to operate chronograph push buttons.
This gorgeous timekeeper is coated by convex sapphire crystals which offer antireflective coatings on its both sides. The case is constructed to resist water pressure up to 120 meters (400 feet).
For real watch aficionados who appreciate complex mechanics, the sapphire-glass case back provides a view of the improved movement at work. The in-house made Caliber 89361 mechanical movement built on 38 jewels is capable of holding 68 hours of power reserve when fully charged.
A Clean View on a Highly Legible Dial
A black or silver-plated dial features two sub-dials and a date window. The central part of the dial is encrusted in a brick-like pattern and applied “Ingenieur” and “IWC Shaffhausen” logos. Like all Ingenieur models, the watch has a baton-shaped hour and minute hands applied and filled with some fluorescent materials. The same material has been applied on hour markers. This Ingenieur combines 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph counters in a single totalizer situated at the 12 o’clock position. On the opposite side, at the 6 o’clock position, there is a 60 seconds sub-dial which incorporates a small date display.
IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph is attached to a black alligator leather strap with a folding clasp.
The Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches offered four versions of this robust men’s timepiece. As I already mentioned, the gold and platinum versions were produced in limited quantity and they are sold out, but you can still choose between two remained steel models. The first one, with the referent number IW378406, has a black colored dial, whereas the model IW378405 features a silver-plated dial. This exquisite timepiece is not for every man. It is intended for gentlemen that are confident enough about their masculinity.
The retail price of Big Ingenieur Chronograph is $13,900.