The Ingenieur Family

Share:
For purchase advice please contact our concierge

NOW THERE’S A NAME FOR VISIONARY TECHNOLOGY: INGENIEUR

In the early 1970s, a diver’s helmet inspired freelance watch designer Gérald Genta to adopt a distinctly modernist, technical approach that was to revolutionize watch design. Instead of trying to conceal the screws or functional bores, he left them plain for all to see on the bezel. For IWC Schaffhausen Gérald Genta designed the legendary Ingenieur SL, Reference 1832, which was launched in 1976. Its eye-catching design stood for masculinity: it was rugged and sporty with an undeniably technical appeal, and has influenced the appearance of the Ingenieur watch family to this day.

Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil
Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil

—Reference 3785

View Details

The Ingenieur watch family’s success story, incidentally, began back in the 1950s. An increasing number of technical appliances generated magnetic fields that adversely affected the accuracy of wristwatches. Engineers, in particular, often worked in areas subject to magnetic fields. By this time, IWC had perfected protection against magnetic fields to the point that creating a new watch class especially for this profession seemed like a good idea. And so, the Ingenieur was born.

F1
—Finding the ideal line calls for absolute precision and perfect timing

The first Ingenieur, unveiled in 1955, was equipped with the first bidirectional automatic movement, developed by the then Technical Director, Albert Pellaton. The Pellaton system winds the movement when the rotor is revolving in either direction, making it significantly more efficient than conventional unidirectional mechanisms. In the late 1950s, the design of the movements used in the Ingenieur watches was successively improved. In the 1970s and 1980s, quartz watches reigned supreme on the world’s watch markets. Even IWC equipped certain Ingenieur models with quartz-regulated oscillators. Technical masterpieces like the Ingenieur SL, which was just 10 millimetres thick, or the Ingenieur Automatic “500,000 A/m” with its possibly record-breaking level of protection against magnetic fields, were the outstanding achievements of this period in the Ingenieur’s history, as was the introduction of titanium for cases.

Ingenieur Chronograph Racer
Ingenieur Chronograph Racer

—Reference 3785

View Details

IWC HAS MAINTAINED ONE OF THE LEADING POSITIONS IN TITANIUM SURFACE FINISHING TO THIS DAY

Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon
Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon

—Reference 5900

View Details

In 2005 the watch family celebrated a stirring comeback. The Ingenieur Automatic assumed the cool, engineering-inspired aura of Gérald Genta’s Ingenieur SL. The IWC-manufactured 80110 calibre with its Pellaton winding system also featured an integrated shock-absorption system. To mark the partnership between IWC and Mercedes AMG, IWC unveiled two Ingenieur models in titanium. They underscore the values shared by the technology specialists in Schaffhausen and Affalterbach: precision, performance and engineering expertise.

F1
—IWC and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team share the same passion for precision technology and performance engineering

The completely redesigned Ingenieur watch collection for 2013 centred entirely on the cooperation with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team. The technological highlight was the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon with its patented constant-force mechanism. Another example of exceptional design was the quick-action switch found in the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, which moves up to five display discs simultaneously. Its case is made of titanium aluminide, which, like carbon, ceramic and titanium, was inspired by the range of materials used in FORMULA ONE. These innovative materials are used in the current Ingenieur line, which is easily recognized by the ceramic screw heads in the bezel. In appearance, the classic design line with the stainless-steel case and characteristic drill holes are in line with the tradition of the Ingenieur SL launched in 1976. Elegant, functional and technologically perfect, it distils all that is best from almost 60 years of performance engineering in the Ingenieur family.

Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic
Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic

—Reference 3225

View Details

F1

Explore the Ingenieur Family

Further Exploration

From the collection

Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde Marquee 02 Go
Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde

The Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde is a mysteriously attractive timepiece with a flying tourbillon and retrograde date display that automatically reverts to ...

News

Go
“Land ahoy!” for the successful Plastiki expedition

David de Rothschild and his crew, who had covered around 8000 nautical miles across the Pacific from San Francisco, were welcomed by ...

News

Go
Big individualist

IWC Schaffhausen is underlining its partnership with the footballer Zinédine Zidane with a new special edition: the Big Ingenieur Edition Zinédine Zidane.