This week at SIHH 2013, the Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturer presented completely remodeled 2013 Ingenieur watch collection which focuses entirely on its new partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team.
This year, IWC started a three-year period as Official Engineering Partner of the Mercedes-Benz Formula works team and to mark this cooperation the Swiss watchmaker launched nine new Ingenieur models inspired by the Formula One.
Materials which are used in creation of new Ingenieur models are typically used in motorsport industry – carbon fibre, titanium and ceramic, for example. All new Ingenieur timepieces come with the five characteristic ceramic screw heads on their bezels which are a reinterpretation of Gérald Genta’s original design cues.
Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon
First in a row is the spectacular Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon with double moon display. To achieve the utmost regularity IWC’s engineers integrated a patented constant-force mechanism in a tourbillon.
This Ingenieur is equipped with the newly developed Caliber 94800 hand-wound movement. Two barrels supply the higher torque necessary to drive the constant-force tourbillon. Also, these barrels supply the energy needed for the moon phase module.
Interestingly, the moon phase indicator illustrates the surface of the earth’s natural satellite so realistically that even tiny craters can be recognized. This model is available either in platinum or ceramic case.
Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
Next in line is the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month crafted from titanium aluminide, another compound used in Formula One. This masterpiece of watchmaking boasts the quick-action switch which moves up to five display discs simultaneously.
Every night, when the date indicator advances, the quick-action switch siphons off a little energy and stores it and then discharges it precisely at the end of the month or year.
Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance
The new Ingenieur collection for 2013 also comprises the new sports-inspired watch with a case and dial made of carbon fibres. Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance is available with either red or yellow design elements and each version is produced in limited quantity of only 100 pieces.
Carbon fibre is the powerful symbol for innovative materials and by using it in creation of new watch IWC emphasizes its reputation as a watchmaker of top-quality timepieces.
Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic
For fans of entirely black wristwatches, IWC launched Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic Watch which reminiscences the many years of successful cooperation between IWC and the high-performance arm of Mercedes-Benz, AMG.
The bezel, the case-back ring, the screw-in crown and the solid protective shoulders of this elegant Ingenieur are all made of black zirconium oxide inspired by the AMG’s high-performance disc brakes. This type of synthetic ceramic provides superb resistance to corrosive agents, high temperatures and scratches. This sleek, black Ingenieur is a real eye-catcher.
Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium and Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium
The newly designed line includes two Ingenieur models crafted from Titanium. The first one boasts a split-seconds function, while the second one shows a second local time.
The split-seconds hand on the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium can be stopped to record intermediate times while the stopwatch hand continues to run, which allows a wearer to record as many pit stops and lap times as he choose.
The beating heart of this watch is new Caliber 79420 self-winding movement. The watch is available either with a silver-plated or black dial, and it comes with a black rubber strap.
Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium features a second local time display and it is perfect for globetrotters because this feature helps the wearer to keep track while changing time zones. The current local time is shown on the dial, while the hand with the white triangle indicates the second time on the outer 24-hour ring.
Ingenieur Chronograph Racer and Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil
These two chronographs are perfect for recording stopped times, lap times and the speed achieved over a measured distance.
Ingenieur Chronograph Racer stays true to the IWC look. It is decorated with the engraving of a modern Formula One vehicle on the case back. IWC launched four variants of the new Ingenieur Chronograph Racer. There is a choice of a white-dial model and a version with an ardoise dial, available with either a rubber strap or a stainless steel bracelet.
Ingenieur Chronograph Racer is equipped with a special fine-adjustment clasp that enables the wearer to make minor modifications to the length of the strap whenever he wishes by simple press on the button with the IWC logo at the center of the clasp cover.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil has one characteristic feature – the circular-grain dial which is a tribute to the legendary Silver Arrow W25, whose dashboard had a steel surround with a similar circular-grain decoration.
This newcomer has an attractive engraving of a stylized Silver Arrow racing car on the case back. Thus celebrates the iconic racing car of the same name made by Mercedes-Benz.
Each of these two models is equipped with the in-house manufactured 89361 mechanical chronograph movement. The efficient double-pawl winding in this self-winding mechanism is currently one of the most outstanding achievements of Haute Horlogerie.
Ingenieur Automatic Watch
The last, but not the least is Ingenieur Automatic Watch. This classic member of the Ingenieur watch family is housed in stainless steel case with the diameter of 40mm.
With the moderate dimensions of the case, this newcomer is perfectly suited for a slimmer wrist. Despite the thickness of only 10mm, this watch still posses a soft-iron inner cage for maximum protection against magnetic fields.
I am sure that the new Ingenieur watch collection will appeal equally to admirers of highly sophisticated in-house watch movements as well as to those who love nothing more than the scream of a high-performance engine.
More information about each of these models will be posted very soon. Stay tuned!