A couple of years ago, IWC introduced its new Ingeniuer collection that included about a dozen fresh versions that were a modern reinterpretation of the classic design. The launch took place at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. These fresh IWC models are available in a 40 mm and a 46 mm case diameter, and offered multiple casing materials, in-house calibers and interesting complications.
Out of the numerous attempts that IWC had to revive the classic Ingeniur, the 2013 models were the closest ones to the original masterpiece designed in 1976 by Ingenieur SL. Genta. At the beginning, the watch wasn’t received with that much enthusiasm. The world wasn’t yet ready for this remarkable timepiece. In the first eight years of production, only about a thousand pieces were sold.
Experts believe that the reason for this low popularity is the fact that the original IWC Ingenieur SL Genta was very heavy and thick. There is an explanation for this as well. The Ingenieur was constructed to serve as an anti-magnetic tool watch and at that time most buyers were looking for slim and elegant luxury sports models. Also, this watch was introduced during the quartz crisis and the fact that it survived and kept its fame and appeal is a proof that its design is superior to many of the timepieces that were created back then.
The modern versions of the IWC Ingenieur are available in three dial variations. There are two silver plated versions- one with rose gold hands and markers and one with steel ones. Plus a classically inspired black dial variation. All these three modern versions are very beautiful and popular, but the black dial one is the sportiest and more traditional looking one.
Just like the other IWC Ingenieur models, the one launched in 2013 has a similar integrated bracelet and case dimensions. The case of the watch has a 10 mm thickness and a 40 mm diameter. Also, it is decorated with a round shaped bezel that features five screws that are placed as to form a pentagon layout around the dial, a trademark of the Ingenieur basic design. The only noticeable difference between the original model and the newer version is the addition of the triangular crown protectors on the right part of the case.
The particularity of the IWC Ingenieur’s dial is the glossy finish that elegantly features three concentric rings which add depth and texture that aren’t available on the previous versions. The center ring has the classic Ingeniuer name and the brand’s logo, the middle one features polished luminescent hour markers and the exterior ring has chapters’ markers. The polished steel hands are covered with luminescent coating and have a modern shape with a partially open design. The crystal is made of sapphire, is scratch proof and has an anti-reflective coating.
The classic IWC integrated steel bracelet can be also found on the newer version of the Ingenieur, with the same iconic H-shaped links and unique rectangular centers. The deployment clasp is also a homage to the original- it is engraved with the IWC name and it has two release pushers on the sides.
IWC is a sports watch at its core, but it tries to restrain itself on the case back. It is faithful to its belief that a solid stainless steel back is way better than a transparent one. Also, IWC continues to use an anti-magnetic cage for ensuring protection for its inside movement. The Ingenieur enjoys a remarkable resistance of 40,000 amperes per meter. From the start, this model has been constructed as an engineer’s watch, perfect for environments that have powerful magnetic fields.
The latest IWC Ingenieur uses IWC calibre 30110. This is actually a modified ETA 2892 which IWC claims to be a Sellita version. It is unquestionably a robust and extremely precise mechanism that features a 42 hours power reserve and it very reliable and easy to service.
The new design of the IWC Ingenieur has been universally praised and it is now the highlight of the recent Ingenieur collection. Its price isn’t that accessible though. The latest Ingenieur is priced at $15,000 and it represents one of the most desired vintage looking watches. In fact, its design is one of its biggest assets. Surely, fans of classic watches understand the appeal of the Ingenieur and appreciated its homage to timeless style. Even though the dial features contemporary decorations and interesting hands, the vintage appeal is still there. Plus, the finish and fit are spectacular.