Last week marked the 73rd annual Goodwood Member’s Meeting, a prestigious event that brings out some of history’s most significant racing cars. This year, for the first time, IWC Schaffhausen took its place as timing partner for the event. IWC took the opportunity to introduce a new, limited edition Ingenieur, the Edition “AMG GT”. The watch celebrates 10 years of working with Mercedes-AMG, and is a nod to their own latest road car creation, the AMG GT.
The Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” is more than just a name and colorway however, it represents a first in a commercially available watch, the use of boron carbide, the hardest known ceramic, in its 45mm case. Nearly as hard as diamond and as light as aluminum, boron carbide is a remarkable material that required great innovation to properly yield in the case of this Ingenieur. No less than 5 time consuming stages are demanded to hone the material as needed. The result is a unique look and feel along with complete scratch resistance.
The new Ingenieur highlights the technical innovations that both Mercedes-AMG and IWC have embraced to remain on the forefront of their respective fields. The watch is so named for the all-new Mercedes AMG GT sports car, which houses a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, delivering a 0-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds. The car is a standard setter in its class in both performance and looks.
Drawing inspiration from the car, the latest Ingenieur by the same name features a clean black dial and yellow accents derived from the optional “solarbeam” paint option. A rubber strap with black Dinamica® inlay provides a fitting touch. Inside the special Ingenieur is the IWC manufactured 80110-caliber, which has an integrated shock-absorption system making it one of the most robust movements made in Schaffhausen.
Just 25 examples of the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” will be built. The watches will be offered through select IWC retailers.