Ingenieur Chronograph Sport
Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar
Ingenieur Chronograph Edition
“74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood”
Ingenieur Chronograph Edition
INGENIEUR CHRONOGRAPH EDITION “W 125”
In the early 1970s, a diver’s helmet inspired freelance watch designer Gérald Genta to adopt a distinctly modern, 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 masculine values: it was rugged and sporty with an undeniably technical appeal, and has influenced the appearance of the Ingenieur watch family to this day.
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 methods of protecting against magnetic fields to the point that making a new watch line especially for this profession seemed like a good idea. And so the Ingenieur was born.
The first Ingenieur, unveiled in 1955, was equipped with the first bidirectional automatic movement, developed by Albert Pellaton, the Technical Director at the time. 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 features of this period in the Ingenieur’s history as was the introduction of titanium for cases.
In 2005, the watch family celebrated a stirring comeback. The Ingenieur Automatic assumed the cool, engineering-inspired aura of Gérald Genta’s Ingenieur SL. 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.
In 2016, IWC Schaffhausen continues the Ingenieur family’s success story that now goes back more than 60 years – with three special editions: with a production run of just 74 watches, the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” is a tribute to this legendary racing sport in southern England. The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” and Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” models, both of which are limited to 750 watches, also bring the fascination of classic motorsport onto the wrist. The eye-catching vintage character of the new models adds surprising elements to the design, whilst steering the Ingenieur into the golden age of classic motorsport. All special editions are powered by the new IWC-manufactured 69370 calibre, the founding member of the 69000-calibre family. The column-wheel chronograph movement comprises more than 200 individual components. The balance oscillates at a frequency of 4 hertz and guarantees high precision.
IWC Schaffhausen unveiled a completely overhauled line of Ingenieur watches at the 75th Goodwood Members’ Meeting. This historic motorsport event in the south of England was the perfect place to showcase the new collection, the design of which is starkly reminiscent of the first generations of this watch family from the 1950s and the 1960s. Another highlight came in the form of a demonstration of the Mercedes 300 SL from 1955 – the year the Ingenieur was born.
A simple watch with three hands, the first Ingenieur (Ref. 666) raised the bar with its minimalist design, which IWC continued to refine from 1967 with the Reference 866. “The new collection is very much inspired by these early Ingenieur models, so the watch family is definitely going back to its roots. The influence is clear to see in the simple round case as well as in the dial with its striking hands and indices with luminescent elements,” explains Christoph Grainger-Herr, the new CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. The Ingenieur family now has a striking vintage character and is lighter and more elegant in its overall appearance. The new collection covers a lot of bases with three automatic models, four IWC-manufactured chronographs and a limited-edition reference with perpetual calendar.
The new collection is very much inspired by these early Ingenieur models, so the watch family is definitely going back to its roots. The influence is clear to see in the simple round case as well as in the dial with its striking hands and indices with luminescent elements
—Christoph Grainger-Herr, the new CEO of IWC Schaffhausen
The Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. IW357001/IW357002/ IW357003) is a simple watch with three hands, a date window at “3 o’clock” and a case measuring 40 millimetres in diameter. Three versions are available. Two of the modelsfeature a stainless-steel case and rhodium-plated hands and indices. The first (Ref. IW357001) has a silver-plated dial and a black alligator leather strap, and the second (Ref. IW357002) has a black dial and a stainless-steel strap. The third version is the Reference IW357003, which has an 18-carat red gold case, a silver-plated dial, goldplated hands and a black alligator leather strap.
The Ingenieur Chronograph (Ref. IW380801/IW380802/ IW380803) is driven by the new IWC-manufactured 69375 calibre with a bidirectional pawl-winding system and a power reserve of 46 hours. Two of the versions are available with a stainless-steel case and strap: one features a silver-plated dial and gold-plated hands (Ref. IW380801), while the other has a blue dial and rhodium-plated hands (Ref. IW380802). The stainless-steel strap has been newly developed especially for the Ingenieur. It is exceptionally comfortable to wear and has a fine-adjustment clasp integrated into the buckle. The third version comes in 18-caratred gold with a slate-coloured dial, gold-plated hands and a black alligator leather strap (Ref. IW380803). All the watches feature a see-through sapphire-glass back that provides a view of the 69375 calibre.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Sport (Ref. IW380901) is driven by the IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement and is limited to just 500 watches. The 44-millimetre titanium case, black dial and black calfskin strap create an overall impression of sporty elegance. The small seconds hand in the shape of a lightning bolt at “6 o’clock” is a reminder that a soft-iron cage protects the movement against the negative influence of magnetic fields.
The top-of-the-range model is the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW381701). The perpetual calendar automatically recognizes the different lengths of the months, including the leap day occurring every four years; it is extremely easy and convenient to adjust using the crown. The IWC-manufactured 89800 calibre also features a chronograph function. The timepiece with a 45-millimetre 18-carat red gold case, silver-plated dial, black hands and black alligator leather strap is limited to just 100 watches.
Since 1955, Ingenieur has stood for uncompromising engineering, highest performance and technical innovation. Now IWC Schaffhausen is continuing this success story spanning more than 60 years with three special editions. With a production run of just 74 watches, the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” is a tribute to this legendary racing sport in southern England. The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” and Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” models, both of which are limited to 750 watches, also bring the fascination of classic motorsport onto the wrist. The eye-catching vintage character of the new models adds surprising elements to the design, whilst steering the art of engineering into the golden age of classic motorsport. All special editions are driven by the new IWC-manufactured 69370 calibre. With the first representative of the 69000 calibre family, we expand our manufacturing expertise and once again raise standards in terms of quality, robustness and reliability. The column- wheel chronograph movement is made up of more than 200 individual components. The balance oscillates at a frequency of 4 hertz and guarantees high precision. Featuring 33 jewels, the timepiece is adorned with Geneva stripes and circular graining.
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