For lovers of technology, IWC Ingenieur watches set benchmarks for innovations in resistance and durability. The collection became renowned for its inner cage feature, which offered protection for the brand’s in-house manufactured movement, against magnetic fields of up to 50,000 Gauss. The timepieces come in a selection of case materials including titanium, stainless steel and red gold – the latter of course, adding a touch of luxury to the wrist for those extra special occasions.
IWC Ingenieur watches will appeal to those with a fondness for auto racing – the designs taking inspirational cues from the ruggedness and the excitement on the race track. Manufactured to ultimate perfection, this crop of watches are distinguishable for their tourbillion with constant force mechanism, as well as their cult-like following which attracts the attention of vintage collectors and those dedicated to the auto racing industry alike.
The desire for anti magnetic watches grew in the 1950’s, along with the increase in electrical equipment. Those within certain areas of work needed a valuable timekeeping tool with this quality, in order to perform important tasks requiring precision effectively. IWC Ingenieur watches were the answer to this demand. The classic IWC Automatic features a soft iron inner cage which protects the movement such as 80110 calibre equipped with the pellaton winding system, from these magnetic forces. The IWC Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic watch is the perfect example of the company’s dedication towards providing ultra-resistance to external conditions such as moisture, vibration, temperatures, magnetism and shock. The ceramic casing has been coated with a black piano-like high gloss, which compliments the rich blackness of the dial itself. A crown-activated rapid advance date display at 3 o’clock is both easy to manipulate and attractive to look at. White hour batons occupy the hour track, the 6 and 12 o’clock being the only locations represented by crisp legible Arabic numerals. Equipped with a sapphire crystal glass caseback treated with anti reflective and scratch resistant technology, the movement can be viewed through a crisp lens and admired for its seamless performance.
Other popular models from the IWC Ingenieur collection consist of the likes of the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph racer with Formula 1-inspired aesthetics, and the IWC Ingenieur chronograph, which provides 30 minutes, 60 seconds and 12 hour functions at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively. Those IWC Ingenieur watches with a more classic appeal to the dial are the 40mm men’s versions dressed on plain black and silver dials. These technical watches will appeal to those with an affection for simple, timeless designs – the company’s in-house manufactured movement on display at the back of the watch through the same stunning sapphire crystal glass caseback. The hours are again, presented in the form of hour batons which neither dominate the dial or distract from the other admirable elements on displays. Apart from that, a classic date window is the only complications provided on these sleek, stylish dials.
Whether a fan of the auto racing industry or not, IWC Ingenieur watches are technical enough and powerful enough to appeal to all wristwatch lovers – including those who like a timepiece with an added touch of functionality. Likewise, gentlemen who feel more comfortable with the simplicity of a three-handed watch with legible date aperture, will find their requirements met with ease.