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Now Available: The New IWC Ingenieur Collection recalls the original 1950s Ingenieur

The new IWC Ingenieur collection recalls the original 1950s first generation Ingenieur, boasting the signature (to modern eyes) vintage character and classicism

Sep 27, 2017 | By Jonathan Ho
The new IWC Ingenieur collection was first launched in March and as of September 2017 is now available at IWC retailers and mono-brand boutiques

The new IWC Ingenieur collection was first launched in March and as of September 2017 is now available at IWC retailers and mono-brand boutiques

Early 2017, IWC unveiled a revamped Da Vinci collection which harkened back to its 1989s original round case shape. Now, the new IWC Ingenieur collection falls in the same vein, recalling the original 1950s first generation Ingenieur, boasting the signature (to modern eyes) vintage character and a lighter, more elegant classical appearance.

Now Available: The New IWC Ingenieur Collection recalls the original 1950s Ingenieur

The new IWC Ingenieur collection falls in the same vein, recalling the original 1950s first generation Ingenieur, boasting the signature (to modern eyes) vintage character and a lighter, more elegant classical appearance

The new IWC Ingenieur collection falls in the same vein, recalling the original 1950s first generation Ingenieur, boasting the signature (to modern eyes) vintage character and a lighter, more elegant classical appearance

Homage to the design cues of the classic 1950s 36mm IWC Ingenieur Ref. 666A is undeniable. It’s known fondly as “Pre-Genta” Ingenieur

The new IWC Ingenieur collection was first launched in March and as of September 2017, is now available at IWC retailers and mono-brand boutiques, along with two exclusive special editions: the first was launched to mark the 50th birthday of its partner Mercedes-AMG, and the second pays tribute to the Swiss racing cyclist and double Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara.

Homage to the design cues of the classic 1950s 36mm IWC Ingenieur Ref. 666A is undeniable. Also known fondly by watch collectors as the “pre-Genta” Ingenieur, a reference to the overbuilt, hyper-masculine angular Genta design of the 1976 Ingenieur, the tapered baton index and dot dial returns in the latest IWC Ingenieur collection eschewing Genta’s re-design in embrace of the classic aesthetic. The new Ingenieur Automatic however, differs slightly – fewer dots and thicker hands and indexes.

Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. 3570), an elegant watch with three hands and a date

Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. 3570), an elegant watch with three hands and a date

Limited Edition Ingenieur Chronograph Sport (Ref. IW380901) with fly-back chronograph and that lovable lightning bolt subsidiary seconds hand

Limited Edition Ingenieur Chronograph Sport (Ref. IW380901) with fly-back chronograph and that lovable lightning bolt subsidiary seconds hand

The new 2017 IWC Ingenieur collection represents the Schaffhausen Manufactures’s newly repositioned sports line featuring four in-house calibres. The latest Ingenieur collection comprises:

  • Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. 3570), an elegant watch with three hands and a date
  • Ingenieur Chronograph (Ref. 3808), with newly developed stainless-steel bracelets made especially for the Ingenieur collection
  • Limited Edition Ingenieur Chronograph Sport (Ref. IW380901) with fly-back chronograph and that lovable lightning bolt subsidiary seconds hand
  • Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW381701) with that post-modern jumping digit tech making it a “mechanical digital watch” – salve for these smartwatch obsessed times

Latest IWC Ingenieur special editions to launch with the core collection

In May, IWC launched a 250 piece limited edition Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG at the Nürburgring to mark the 50th anniversary of its partner Mercedes-AMG.

The new 250 piece limited edition Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG is equipped with the in-house 89361 calibre with flyback function combines the stopped hours and minutes in a counter at “12 o’clock”. A soft-iron cage protects the movement from magnetic fields. The lower part of this cage is visible through a sapphire-glass back and emulates the appearance of a typical AMG brake disc with bores arranged in a radial formation.

The decision to limit production to 77 watches was based on Cancellara’s favourite number: 7. The IWC-manufactured 69370 calibre generates a power reserve of 46 hours with a bidirectional pawl-winding system. Spokes have been printed onto the glass back cover, recalling the image of a racing bike.

In June, IWC unveiled the 77 piece limited edition Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Cancellara” in Berne. This was Schaffhausen Manufacture’s way of paying tribute to the career of the Swiss racing cyclist and double Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara

New IWC Ingenieur Collection SGD Price

  • Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. IW357001) – SGD 6,950
  • Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. IW357002) – SGD 8,350
  • Ingenieur Automatic (Ref. IW357003) – SGD 20,500
  • Ingenieur Chronograph (Ref. IW380801) – SGD 12,000
  • Ingenieur Chronograph (Ref. IW380802) – SGD 12,000
  • Ingenieur Chronograph (Ref. IW380803) – SGD 27,600
  • Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Cancellara” (Ref. IW380704) – SGD 11,400
  • Ingenieur Chronograph Sport (Ref. IW380901) – SGD 16,900
  • Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary of Mercedes-AMG” (Ref. IW380902) – SGD 17,900
  • Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW381701) – SGD 70,100

 
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