Two new models join IWC Schaffhausen's Ingenieur watch line
July 8, 2014: IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled two magnificent new additions to the Ingenieur watch family. As the official Engineering Partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, the Swiss watch manufacturer has created new works of haute horlogerie.
The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic is a thoroughbred sports watch with a case inspired by materials used in Formula One motor racing, while the Ingenieur Dual Time, a powerful-looking timepiece in a stainless-steel case, has a more classic appearance.
IWC Schaffhausen has utilized the unique properties of carbon fibre, which is twice as strong as steel, but only a fifth of the weight, and integrated it into the construction of its watch cases. The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic also has a mirror-finished ceramic bezel. The middle section of the case, which is held together by five screws, is manufactured according to the same principle as the core features of a racing car. The watch’s dial is also made of carbon fibre. Titanium has been used for the screws and case-back ring, while rubber has been used for the underside of the strap with its calf-skin inlay. The strap is sewn with green thread as an allusion to the stripes on the outer walls of the tyres fitted to the cars for racing in wet conditions. The IWC-manufactured 80110-calibre movement is one of the company’s most rugged and thoroughly tested movements and, thanks to its integrated shock-absorption system, is unaffected by extreme acceleration or sharp braking manoeuvres and vibrations, making it the ideal watch for racing drivers. The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance is available in a limited edition of 1,000.
With the Ingenieur Dual Time, a classic timepiece makes its entrance into the world of motorsport. With a diameter of only 43 mm, it seems rather understated when compared with the larger Ingenieur models, and its stainless-steel case radiates elegance. The Ingenieur Dual Time, however, also has the ability to display a second local time of the wearer’s choice. Current local time is shown by the hour and minute hands on a dial available either silver-plated or in black. The time can be advanced or turned back in one-hour steps via the crown, even when crossing the International Date Line. While the seconds hand with its pointed red tip goes around, the second time – the time at home, for example – is indicated by another hand with an arrowhead tip on the outer 24-hour ring. To make it easier to differentiate between day and night, the top half of the ring, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., is darker than the lower half.