New IWC Ingenieur Collection – Pre-SIHH 2013
While it’s all the more then multi month to go to the SIHH 2013, new models are being delivered practically day by day. Thus does IWC… anyway they don’t just present another model, no, they complete redo a whole assortment, as they did a year ago with the Pilot’s Collection .
This year it’s the Ingenieur Collection and the best news is the (re-)presentation of the new Ingenieur Automatic. A self-winding, 40 mm hardened steel tribute to the first Ingenieur planned by Gerald Genta in 1977. In addition to the fact that it has executioner looks, it likewise envoy a re-visitation of the genuine utilitarian uprightness of the Ingenieur; having the option to withstand attractive fields up to 40,000 A/m.
For now IWC reported three new 40 mm huge Ingenieur Automatic model; at last a decrease in size! What is additionally astounding, is the tallness of these models, as it’s only 10 mm!! This implies the new Ingenieur Automatic will be more comfortable then the past Ingenieur models.
Inside, all around secured by a soft-iron internal case, ticks caliber 30110, which is really an ETA 2892. It is exactly the same development as can be found in the new IWC Mark XVII that was presented at the SIHH 2012. This self-winding development beats with a recurrence of 28,800 vibrations each hour (4 Hz) and offers 42 hours of force reserve.
Back in time – the main Ingenieur watches
When IWC dispatched the main Ingenieur in 1954 , it was viewed as a device watch, since it had a soft-iron case around the development, to shield it negative impact from attraction. In spite of the fact that it had looks that we would call dress-observe now-a-days, estimating around 36 mm in width, it wasn’t until 1976 preceding the Ingenieur got a huge upgrade.
Well known architect Gerald Genta, likewise answerable for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus , did likewise deceive as on both previously mentioned watches; he planned a steel sports watch with coordinated steel arm band. This can really be viewed as a normal Genta brand name. At the point when IWC presented the Ingenieur SL ref. 1832 of every 1976 it wasn’t a moment hit to say the least. It was delivered from 1976 to 1984 and in total 543 pieces in steel were created (ref. 1832) and only 55 pieces dressed in gold (ref. 9232). It’s protected to say that these watches are HIGHLY collectible these days and costs for a genuine model are near € 10.000 Euro!
Perhaps the purpose behind it’s frustrating achievement was the way that it doesn’t wear comfortable. The Ingenieur SL ref. 1832, nicknamed Jumbo, has a thick case, estimating 14 mm in stature, and a rather firm arm band. The connections near the case were thick and didn’t twist enough, to ‘wrap’ around the wrist. A purpose behind the ref. 1832’s thickness is presumably the development, being type 8541. Later Ingenieur SL models highlighted a slimmer development, in light of the ETA 2892/A2, and got slimmer in total.
The new Ingenieur Automatic likewise includes a rather slender case and albeit the counter attractive security by a soft-iron case is critical, it hasn’t affected the thickness of the case. Obviously the plan has been refreshed and looks more contemporary, however large numbers of the fundamental plan highlights are still intact.
The most evident is obviously the bezel with the 5 bores, which initially served to hold the bezel immovably in position. The bezel is somewhat chamfered and includes an incorporated advance to make the watch look even slimmer. All the surfaces of the case highlight a matte completion, aside from different edges that are cleaned, giving the Ingenieur showing that the Ingenieur is planned with a great deal of thoughtfulness regarding detail. Compared to the Ingenieur SL, the crown is bigger and is currently a screw-in crown. Likewise new are the liberally estimated defensive shoulders around the crown.
While I ordinarily incline toward dark dials, I completely overpowered by the silver/white dial of the new Ingenieur Automatic. The down-sized distance across, the stature of only 10 mm, the re-visitation of full “Ingenieur-functionality” withstanding up to 40,000 A/m and even plan shrewd back to the Getnta-roots. I’m in adoration and if the cost is correct, I need one quick; the new Ingenieur Automatic is über-sexy!
Other subtleties are totally noticeable on the photographs (or computer delivered pictures) and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing this new assortment in January at the SIHH. One final state of mind photograph and the particulars of every one of the three new models.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic – Ref. 3239 – Mechanical development with speedy set date work, focal hacking seconds, soft-iron inward argument for assurance against attractive fields up to 40,000 A/m
- Calibre: 30110 (ETA 2892/A2 work as per IWC specifications)
- Frequency: 28,800 A/h/4 Hz
- Jewels: 21
- Power save: 42 h
- Winding: automatic
- Water-safe: 12 bar or 120 meters
- Diameter: 40 mm
- Case tallness: 10 mm
- Glass : sapphire, level, antireflective covering on both sides
Ref. IW323902: hardened steel case, dark dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, tempered steel wristband with collapsing clasp
Ref. IW323904: hardened steel case, silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, tempered steel wristband with collapsing clasp
Ref. IW323906: hardened steel case, silver-plated dial, rose-gold-plated hands and appliqués, tempered steel wristband with collapsing clasp
Make sure to look at the IWC ‘in-house’ gathering ( here ) for more updates.
After the SIHH 2013, which will occur from January 21-25, I’ll distribute some “live” photographs and photographs of the new Ingenieur on the wrist. This article is composed by Frank Geelen, chief proofreader for Monochrome Watches .