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To mark its cooperation with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team, IWC unveils a new high-tech timepiece in a carbon case. The dial too is made of carbon fibre. The rubber strap with its stamped calfskin inlay is stitched either with yellow or red nylon thread, reminiscent of the stripes on the walls of soft and super-soft-slick tyres.
The three-part outer case is made using the same principle as that of the monocoque safety shell for a Formula 1™ racing car
The signal yellow or red thread references the soft and supersoft slicks used in Formula 1™
The IWC-manufactured movement with its integrated shock-absorption system. The rotor design was inspired by engine pistons
The case and dial consist of epoxy resin-soaked carbon fibre matting
To mark its current cooperation with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team IWC presents a big new high-tech model with a carbon-fibre case: the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance. The middle section of the case, which is held together by five screws, is manufactured using the same principle as the monocoque of a racing car: the fibre matting is soaked in epoxy resin and shaped to the desired form before being baked at high temperature and pressure. The resin is cured in the meantime. The dial too is made of carbon fibre. It goes perfectly with the authentic Formula One look and gives the watch a profiled, three-dimensional surface. Carbon is only one-fifth the weight of steel, but does not have its resistance to impacts or scratching. For other parts of the case, IWC designers also took inspiration from the materials used in motorsport’s leading discipline. Ceramic for the screw heads, the crown and crown protection, titanium for the screws and case-back ring, and rubber for the strap with stamped calfskin inlay. The strap is stitched with a signal yellow or red nylon thread reminiscent of the yellow stripes on the outer walls of the soft slicks and the red stripes found on the super-soft slicks. Thanks to its integrated shock-absorption system, the IWC-manufactured 80110-calibre movement is unaffected by extreme acceleration as well as sharp braking manoeuvres and vibrations, making it the perfect watch for racing drivers. Perfectly in keeping with the design of the rotor, which is shaped like pistons.
The Pellaton winding system is the cornerstone not only of the 50000-calibre family but also of the 80000-calibre family. In addition, it constitutes a point of departure for innovations in watchmaking technology. Continuous improvements, occasioned by the use of new materials, for instance, have led to a significant increase in its service life. The 85 calibre became part of the legend of ultra robust watches. One of the most rugged movements ever manufactured by IWC was the 80110 calibre, unveiled in 2005. It offers maximum protection against abrasion and other defects, is easily accessed for servicing and has been continuously improved in terms of reliability and shock-absorption. Tough and attractive by equal measure, the IWC-manufactured 80111 calibre is featured in References 3231, 3233 and 5461 of the IWC Vintage Collection, where it can be viewed through a transparent sapphire-glass back.
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