As the year of the Pilot’s watches is ending, IWC is preparing to introduce new watches from its Ingenieur Family. The Schaffhausen-based manufacturer will present new Ingenieur models this January at the upcoming SIHH 2013. Of all the Ingenieur novelties that we will see in 2013, the Ingineur Automatic in stainless steel is the one that perfectly reflects the key features characteristic for this watch family.
This watch boasts a timeless, clear-cut style and expresses the design elements which are defined by legendary watch designer Gérald Genta. The Swiss designer is most famous for creating a steel sports watch with integrated steel bracelet and this can actually be considered as a typical Genta hallmark. When IWC introduced the Ingenieur SL in 1976, Genta created five functional holes directly on the bezel, where they originally served to hold it firmly in position. The bores, the entire structure of the case and the logo soon became the trademarks of the IWC Ingenieur family.
From 1976 to 1984, this model was produced in a total of 543 pieces in steel and 55 pieces in gold, and what is interesting is that these watches are highly collectible these days. Besides IWC, Genta had also contributed to the designs of Swiss luxury watchmakers, such as Patek Philippe, Universal Genève and Audemars Piguet.
The new Ingenieur Automatic is powered by the extremely slim Caliber 30110 automatic movement. The beating heart of the new Ingenieur provides the power reserve of at least 42 hours and oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The watch comes with a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields, which provides protection up to 40,000 amperes per meter. For comparison, it is eight times more than the minimum required by the Swiss standard for antimagnetic timepieces.
This watch is water resistant up to decent 120 meters (approximately 400 feet), so it is not only ideally equipped for everyday use, but also for underwater activities.
This renewed timepiece is housed in a vintage-styled case with the diameter of 40mm and the thickness of only 10mm. Thus, the size of the watch is equally well suited to an average size of a wrist, as well as for a slimmer one. All the surfaces of the case boast matte finishes, while the most of the edges are polished. This classic-looking Ingenieur has a chunky, screw-in crown with a solid side protection.
The dial of the new Ingenieur features a raised inner circle that has the same radius as the hour hand, while the minute hand circumscribes the middle section with its purist hour markers. The dial also offers information about the exact date. The date window is situated at the 3 o’clock position.
The Swiss watch manufacturer offered three versions of the new Ingenieur Automatic. Two of them come with a rhodium-plated hands and hour markers, and there is a choice between a black or a silver-plated dial (their referent numbers are IW323902 and IW323904). The third model matches rose-gold-plated hands and appliqués, and a sliver-plated dial. The referent number of this Ingenieur Automatic is IW323906. Each of these new timepieces comes with an elegant stainless-steel bracelet with a folding clasp. A black rubber strap with a pin buckle is also available on a request.
The Swiss watchmaker will also introduce a wide range of interesting Ingenieur timepieces, such as the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer and the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic Watch. More information will be available for a couple of days. Stay with us.