Ingenieur Automatic Edition 2012 - just 500 pieces

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14 September 2012

 The Ingenieur by IWC is a classic watch. It has been part of the Schaffhausen brand's stable for over 50 years. Though a classic, it is a timeless piece, for its simplicity and inherent beauty.

It was launched in 1954, and the approach followed in its design was to create a reliable, tough watch, capable of standing up to temperature extremes, water, magnetism, shocks, and wear and tear. In a way it was a general purpose/sports watch. Its features included a soft-iron inner case, inner shock protection, and robust automatic movements, featuring the bi-directional automatic winding system created by Albert Pellaton.

In 1975, the momentous changes in the industry caused by quartz watches prompted a new version, the Ingenieur SL, in which SL stands for Steel Line. It was even sportier in character than the previous models. It was designed by Gerald Genta, and it was very large, 40 mm in diameter and 14 mm high, forged from solid blocks of steel. This reference 1832, sometimes known as the Fat Ingenieur or the Jumbo, is one of the most avidly collected sport watches. Only just over 900 are in existence.

Today's model is a revisitation, incorporating some important technical features. It fits the automatic 80111 calibre movement, and it has a screw-in crown, providing water resistance of up to 12 bar. It is remarkably good-looking, with beautifully-crafted indices, a dial that contrasts with the hands, and alligator leather strap that sets off the stainless steel case. The result is a watch that is suited to a variety of situations, such as home, office, a gala evening, and even on a boat. A modern classic, that IWC interestingly considers as inspired by the Earth, in contrast to its Pilot's Watches (sky) and the Aquatimer family (sea).

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