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SIHH 2013: IWC Schaffhausen Re-launch Ingenieur Collection

by Jonathan Fairfield
24 January, 2013
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Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon 1

The start of SIHH 2013 saw luxury watch maker IWC Schaffhausen present remodelled versions of its famous Ingenieur watch collection. The revamped versions have been created following its new partnership with Formula One team, Mercedes AMG Petronas, which was announced earlier this year.

The new collection is made from the kind of materials that you would normally find used in the world of F1 such as titanium, ceramic and carbon fibre. All of the new timepieces are characterised by five ceramic screw heads on the bezel, which are said to be inspired by the original design by Gerald Genta.

The original Ingenieur was launched in 1955 and was one of the first watches to utilise an automatic bi-directional movement that enabled the watch to be wound by the movement of the wearers arm. Albert Pellaton, IWC’s renowned technical director was somewhat of a pioneer of this kind of movement. IWC fans will no doubt be pleased to know that unique concept lives on in the latest Ingeniuer Collection

Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon

Taking a closer look at the new collection, first up is the Ingenieur Constant Force Tourbillon, which features a double moon display and is fitted with a hand wound 94800 movement that has been newly developed for the 2013 collection. To help the watch achieve the utmost accuracy, IWC have included a constant force mechanism within its tourbillon. The case is made of ceramic and platinum, with the watch also featuring a 96hr power reserve.

Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month

The next watch in the collection is the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month, which is created from another compound used in motorsport, titanium aluminide. This incredible timepiece has a quick action switch which enables all five of the watch’s displays to move simultaneously. At the stroke of midnight, when the date display advances, the quick action gets to work by siphoning off a small amount of energy, which is then made available at the end of each month. Come the end of the year, the three semi transparent totalisers, set the whole dial into motion. The perpetual calendar will keep its accuracy until the year 2100, even taking leap years into account. Impressive, no?

Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance

The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance limited edition timepiece is made from carbon fibre and is available in a choice of either red or yellow stitching on the strap. Limited to just 100 pieces, the watch features a Pellaton automatic winding movement and has its own integrated shock absorption system. It also has a date display located at 3 o’clock and has 44hr power reserve.

Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic

You can’t really go wrong with a black watch, or at least you can’t go wrong with the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic, which is sure to be right up your street if you’re a fan of all black timepieces. In recognition of IWC’s partnership with AMG, the high performance arm of car maker Mercedes-Benz, the ceramic watch features a mixture of high gloss, piano lacquer and silky matte finishes, which only helps to add to the overall appeal of this real eye catcher. Inspired by the ceramic brakes of an AMG, the case is crafted from zirconium oxide.

Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium

The new collection features two watches made from titanium. The first of which is the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium. The watch’s chronograph features a split seconds hand that can be stopped to record times, whilst the stopwatch hands keeps on running, which is handy when you want to record pit stops and lap times. The watch features a brand new 79420 calibre movement and is available with either a silver or black dial.

Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium

The second titantium timepiece in the collection is this, the Ingenieur Dual Time Titanium, which is perfect for people who often travel overseas as it features a second time zone display. Shown on the dial, as you would expect, is the current local time, whilst the second time is indicated by the outer ring by the hand with the white triangle. Measuring 45mm in diameter this handsome watch features a 42hr power reserve.

Ingenieur Chronograph Racer

The Ingenieur Chronograph Racer is capable of displaying hours and minutes on its totaliser, whilst its tachymeter scale can display your average speed over a specific distance. The length of the watch strap can also be easily adjusted as it is fitted with a specially made clasp that alters the length simply by pressing the IWC button located at the centre of the clasp. The Ingenieur Chronograph Racer measures 45mm in diameter and features a 68 hour power reserve.

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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