This beautiful watch is the result of a new partnership between IWC Schaffhausen and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team, in which the watch brand is the Official Engineering Partner for the Mercedes-Benz works team.
The partnership originated in October 2004, when IWC announced a partnership with the Mercedes high-performance brand AMG, leading to the first two AMG Ingenieur models. The new agreement extends the partnership to the Formula One team.
The 2013 Ingenieur collection has been completely revamped, with new models and new features inspired by sports and motor-racing. Christian Knoop, Creative Director at IWC, said, "In the new Ingenieur line, IWC interprets the racing theme by using materials typically employed in motorsport, such as carbon fibre, ceramic and titanium, and drawing on design cues taken from the modern Formula One cockpit. Screws attach the bezels securely to the case, which lends additional emphasis to the watches’ sporty, high-tech character. They are thus a logical continuation of an IWC product family that has one of the richest traditions of them all. Inspired by our own history, which naturally includes the legendary design of the Ingenieur SL created by the famous watch designer GeÌrald Genta, we combine technical innovation with characteristic design in the new collection. The result is a set of powerful, striking Ingenieur watches in a class of their own.”
Examples of the new pieces include the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon, with platinum and ceramic case, and two barrels to provides the higher torque necessary for the constant force tourbillon and the moon phase module. The Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month utilizes the energy-recovery principle used in motor racing. The limited-edition Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance is made in epoxy-resin-soaked carbon-fibre matting, a material that is typical of Formula One cars.
The piece shown here, as a preview of the new collection that will be presented in Geneva at SIHH in January 2013, is the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer, hallmarked by a robust stainless steel case, and five small holes bored into the bezel. The latter feature dates back to the mid-1970s, when Gérald Genta created the Ingenieur SL, making the holes for the screws holding the bezel to the case a positive feature instead of hiding them. In addition, the watch has a tachymeter scale (which can be used to record the speed over a known distance), and of course the chronograph function, ideal for recording lap times, pitstop times and so forth.
Very beautiful, very practical and sporty, ideal for racing enthusiasts. We can't wait to see more at the show in Geneva!
Interview with IWC's Associate Director Creative Center, Christian Knoop (2011)