IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” honors this revered motorsport event in the south of England. This exquisite model is available in the limited number of only 74 pieces. Two other special editions “Rudolf Caracciola” and “W 125” are produced in the limited series of 750 specimens each.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” (ref. IW380703) is housed in an 18-karat red gold case measuring 42mm and 15mm in thickness. The watch comes with a sleek, black dial with two chronograph sub-dials, a small seconds counter and a tachymeter scale which runs round the outer edge of the dial. This novelty is attached to a stunning brown calfskin strap which likewise recalls the luxurious interior of classic motor cars.
The second Ingenieur model (ref. IW380702) unveiled during the legendary motorsport event pays homage to the racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, who took three European Drivers’ Championship crowns in the 1930s. This race is a pre-1950 equivalent of the modern Formula One World Championship.
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is housed in a stainless steel case with the same dimensions like the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood”. Underneath the front glass lies a slate-colored dial with two chronograph totalizers, a small seconds counter and a tachymeter scale running round the edge affirming the homage. Its beautiful dial imitates the instrument look of the historic racing cars.
The last member of this special edition series is named the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125”. This newcomer (ref. IW380701) brings up the theme of the iconic Mercedes-Benz W 125 whose nickname was Silver Arrow. The famous Grand Prix racing car was designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut to race during the 1937 Grand Prix season. The car was also used by Caracciola to win the 1937 European Championship. The W 125 Silver Arrow was considered the most powerful race car ever for three decades. The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” is housed in a titanium case and features silver-plated dial and contrasting black hands and appliques. The watch is secured to the wrist with the black calfskin strap.
Each of these three Ingenieur Chronographs features the new in-house caliber 69370 column-wheel chronograph movement comprising no less than 200 components. After 1,123 revolutions of the rotor, the bidirectional pawl-winding system has built up a power reserve of approximately 46 hours. The balance oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz) and offers a high level of accuracy. The newly developed movement is built on 33 jewels, and its decorations consist of Geneva stripes and circular graining.
The new IWC-manufactured caliber is the first of the 69000 series and it is meant to progressively replace the Valjoux 7750 used in entry-level IWC chronographs. The two have a similar dial layout with one distinct difference: the sub-seconds are at the 6 o’clock position instead of at the 9 o’clock position as it is on the Valjoux 7750.