Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch is the first Ingenieur that features a rattrapante which is the French name for a split-seconds hand. The new IWC watch incorporates five screw heads on the bezel which are coated in diamond-like carbon (DLC) to match the black rubber-coated push buttons and the crown protection. This chunky newcomer is a real eye-catcher and in my opinion, the best looking Ingenieur ever.
The handsome man’s timepiece with the referent number IW376501 is housed in a round case made of titanium, a material that is pleasant to wear, intensely tough and extremely skin-friendly since it cannot cause skin allergies. The titanium is lighter than steel and with its unique color it reinforces the masculine character of Ingenieur Double Chronograph watch. As one of the most expensive materials, titanium stands out for its complete corrosion resistance, as well as for low thermal and electric conductivity. Its satin finish titanium case, with a silky-matt, gleaming surface measures 45 mm in diameter and is 16 mm thick.
The cushion shaped case incorporates a fixed bezel which is also made from satin finished titanium. The Swiss manufacturer removed the legendary soft-iron inner case that provided the generations of Ingenieuer timepieces with unrivalled antimagnetic features. As the result, the case weighs just 130 grams, which is a real featherweight when compared to the other Ingenieur models that weigh almost double.
A Masterpiece of Engineering
The masculine timekeeper is equipped with the in-house manufactured Caliber 79230 mechanical movement. The self winding movement is based on ETA Valjoux 7750 and it provides 44 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It is built on 29 jewels and produces 28,800 vibrations per hour.
For the first time an Ingenieur features a split-seconds hand or in other words – double chronograph functionality. With split-seconds hand you can record as many intermediate and lap times as you wish, while the stopwatch hand continues to run. To help distinguish them, one chrono hand has a blue tip. As you can see at the image below, Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch has three chronograph push buttons. The standard buttons, located at the 2 and the 4 o’clock positions, do their usual start/stop functionality, as well as resetting the chronograph, whereas the pusher situated at the 10 o’clock position operates the rattrapante functionality of the watch.
The clear and attractive dial features a black surface with striking blue accents. Its sleek dial comprises two chronograph counters for measuring 12 hours and 30 minutes. They are positioned at 6 and 12 o’clock positions. A small (hacking) seconds sub-dial is situated at the 9 o’clock position, while a day/date display is located on the opposite side, at the 3 o’clock position. The rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are filled with the black luminescent material which glows only when darkness falls.
A Surprisingly Powerful Watch
The watch is protected by convex sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings on both sides. The case is well constructed to resist water pressure up to sufficient 120 meters (400 feet).
This robust man’s wristwatch posses one more quality. It is quite comfortable to wear because it is attached to the wearer’s wrist with a sturdy, black rubber strap with a titanium pin buckle. IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium is one of IWC’s toughest models. It is suitable for any kind of extreme situations. If you like to push yourself to the limits, than this is a perfect watch for you. This Ingenieur can be purchased for $12,700.