Although IWC has been slowly moving away from designs that draw me to the brand, they really nailed it with the new IWC Ingenieur. This new build has great case lines and a beautiful bracelet — both with a nice balance of polished and brushed surfaces — and an easy-to-read yet sophisticated dials. Aficionados already know that the “new” Ingenieur design was unveiled about this time last year, when IWC rolled out a trio of limited edition Ingenieur’s at the 74th annual Goodwood classic car event. The new design range now spans the basic Ingenieur Automatic up to a perpetual calendar. The Ingenieur Automatic is a 40mm wristwatch with an automatic Sellita caliber, available in stainless steel (refs. IW357001 and IW357002) and red gold (ref. IW357003), the “entry level” at $4,590 in steel case on strap, $5,500 on a steel bracelet, and $13,600 in red gold case on strap.
Next up is the Ingenieur Chronograph.
The new Ingenieur Chronographs are really quite nice as I see them! In 42mm red gold or steel case, the Ingenieur Chronograph is 42mm is powered by the IWC calibre 69375, which is an in-house movement part of IWC’s 69000 series (recall we saw the 69370 in last year’s limited editions). Basically this is IWC’s in-house replacement for the ETA/Valjoux 7750 chrono caliber, and naturally it is superior in terms of build quality (column wheel chrono, et al). The dial lay out is very legible and not cluttered, even with the tachy scale on the outer edge of the dial. Prices start at just under $8k for the steel version and go on up.
Here’s a look through the caseback:
Next is a limited edition (500 pieces), the Ingenieur Chronograph Sport (ref. IW380901), with a 44mm titanium case and a great looking 2-register flyback chronograph dial layout, powered by IWC’s calibre 89361. Priced at $11.1k. Really like this one.
The flagship of the new line is the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (ref. IW381701), but I’m not much a fan of this one. I’ve never quite been a fan of IWC’s digital date/month displays and this annotated dial (“date” “month” “leap year”) doesn’t really attract me either. But but here it is:
On balance, a fantastic new look for the Ingenieur line.