I saw the watch above on Instagram a month or so ago and for the first time it really clicked, I actually love the IWC Ingenieur. The IWC Ingenieur has always appealed to me because of my admiration for Gerald Genta (arguably the most famous independent watch designer of all time). Genta was responsible for a number industry marques including the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Patek Philippe Nautilus and of course the IWC Ingenieur. SIHH 2013 was a special year for IWC as they showcased not only a stunning range of new Ingenieur watches but also a remodel of the very watch that created the foundation for the range we see today.
The completely remodelled 2013 Ingenieur watch collection from IWC Schaffhausen focuses entirely on its new partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team. For the next three years, the watch manufacturer will be the Official Engineering Partner of the Mercedes-Benz works team. For the new collection, IWC’s design engineers took their inspiration from Formula One™ featuring materials typically used in motorsport such as carbon fibre, ceramic and titanium elements.
Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, commented on the global partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team: “The engineers who work within our two companies have many things in common. They share a passion for precision technology and innovation.They are the heroes behind the scenes: their craftsmanship and expertise with high technology lay the foundations for our success. Their pioneering spirit and know-how push the boundaries of mechanical engineering and continuouslyredefine the achievements of precision technology. The two companies have a name for this untiring quest for perfection:performance engineering.”
Naturally there are a lot of great models on the grid but I thought I’d share the 3 that made the podium for me including the simple but stunning ‘Automatic’.
1. Constant Force Tourbillon
2. AMG Black Series Cermaic