It’s one thing to look at stylized press photos of new timepieces but it’s quite another to get your hands on them, strap them on your wrist and examine them up close. This week, we were lucky enough to spend some quality time with the new Ingenieur collection from IWC Schaffhausen and managed to snap some photos of them.
We’ve been posting “wrist shots” on Twitter and Instagram this week and one of the most retweeted and favorited ones was a photo of the new 40-millimeter Ingenieur Automatic on the wrist. The watch is a return to the classic Genta-designed styling of the 1970s iconic Ingenieur SL and wears slimmer than you’d expect from a 40,000 A/m antimagnetic sports watch housing an iron movement cage inside. Thanks to its short “lugless” design, the 40mm watch will fit a wide variety of wrist sizes. In our minds, this one will be a hit for IWC. Still undecided for us is whether the black or white dial is the better of the two.
Arguably the sportiest of this line of sports watches is the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium, which technically was introduced in 2012 but still a pleasure to spend time with. The combination of the titanium case, blue dial and hand accents and rubber strap would make this watch great for any number of active pursuits, not to mention the decidedly useful split seconds chronograph function, for which IWC is famous.
At the “Holy Grail” end of the spectrum was the Constant Force Tourbillon, which, as the name suggests, combines true haute horlogerie in a sports watch, a feat IWC is known for doing, with last year’s Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar as prior evidence. Despite the heft of its platinum and ceramic case, the watch is eminently wearable and may be one of the few watches of this calibre we’d dare to strap on with a T-shirt and jeans.
While the entire new Ingenieur line impressed us, these three were our favorites and we strongly advise you to “race” to your IWC dealer (Disclaimer: IWC does not endorse speeding on public roads) once these watches start showing up.
– HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen