By the end of the 1990’s, IWC ceased production of the last of the older Ingenieurs, Reference 3521. Given the important of the line, this decision created a proverbial hole in IWC’s product offerings. It therefore was with great relief to collectors that in 2005 IWC introduced a new Ingenieur, the 42 mm Reference 3227.
The Reference 3227 was based on the Jumbo Ingenieur design yet was more modern in size, movement, and characteristics, and again was amagnetic. As such, given the historical importance of the rebirth of the Ingenieur line with this model, it is the third example that I would choose for a collection of five. In fact, I would choose Reference IW322705, which is a limited edition Collectors’ Forum Ingenieur with a special anthracite dial and engraved back.
The newly reborn Ingenieur line then quickly developed into a large number of other models. One candidate for the “five to die for” might be the Big Ingenieur, reference 5005, some other recent Ingenieurs were chronographs, and some were special editions or limited ones, such as the two models honoring the Plastiki expedition. Also, in 2008, a new “Vintage Collection Ingenieur”, Reference 3233, was introduced, which was much like the original Ingenieur Reference 666, but in a larger size and without amagnetic properties. This model subsequently was produced with an alluring variety of dials and metals, including a sentimental favorite of mine, a 100 piece limited edition for Italy. There also were two Ingenieur models honoring the Laureus Foundation, both which are especially attractive with their blue metallic dials, their specially engraved backs and for the good cause they support.