Innovation is an essential part of every prestigious watch brand. It is not enough to create one or two timeless designs, but you always need to present novelties to your audience and keep their interest fired up. But creating revolutionary timepiece is not an easy thing. Always constructing complicated mechanism and developing functional complications are very tricky things. Instead, luxury designers prefer to bring aesthetic upgrades to their most appreciated models. By improving the quality of the materials, adding a few color accents or a few touches of bling you can really reinvent an iconic watch.
This is just what IWC did a couple of years ago at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie when it reinterpreted its classic Ingenieur in 10 different versions. The models were presented in different sizes, from a 40 mm case to a 46 mm one. There were also some very interesting material and functional upgrades that have awaken everyone’s attention for this extremely famous timepiece.
IWC’s decision of reviving the Ingenieur in 2013 was genius. The new version kept the basic features of the original Ingenieur launched back in 1976. At that time, this model wasn’t received with enthusiasm by watches collectors. It was sold only in 1,000 pieces in its firs eight years of production. But this low demand wasn’t actually its fault. It was rather the result of the economic factors . The watch was introduced right in the middle of the quartz crisis when people were preferring slim and small watches whereas this model was a bulky anti-magnetic instrument. There was only a small niche that was attracted by the Ingenieur and its distinctive utility kept it on the market as a tool for professionals.
The new IWC Ingenieur replica watch is available in 3 different variations and this are- one with a silver dial, silver hands and hour markings, one with a silver dial, rose gold hands and hour markings and another one with a black dial. The latter one is the most successful version, probably because it is the most similar to the first Ingenieur. It is also my favorite.
The IWC Ingenieur with black dial comes with a 40 mm case diameter and has a 10 mm thickness. Another similarity to the original design is the fact that the bracelet is integrated in the case. The metallic bezel is fixed onto the case by using 5 screws that are distributed as to form a pentagon shape…yes, you have probably guessed it, just like on the first IWC Ingenieur. Most likely, the newest design touch of this contemporary version is the triangular crown guards positioned on the right side of the case.
The dial also present some upgrades. By adding three concentric raised rings, IWC has accentuated the modern look of its new Ingenieur. The first ring includes the Ingenieur name and company’s logo, the second ring has polished glow in the dark hour markers and the third(exterior) one features the minutes indexes. Over this sleek dial there is a domed scratch proof sapphire crystal.
The replica watch comes with a solid stainless steel bracelet that is integrated in the case and is fitted with a deployment clasp that has two release pushers on the sides. Furthermore, it is a superior anti magnetic device that can endure up to 40,000 amperes per meter.
To offer high accuracy and durability, the modern IWC Ingenieur is boosted by an impressive ETA 2892 self-winding mechanical movement. This extremely precise mechanism offers a 42 hours power reserve, is incredibly reliable and easy to service.
The IWC Ingenieur is currently a legend among contemporary timepieces. Its prestige and history are outmatched only by its attractive design, superior precision and durability. It is the timepiece that has challenged and defeated the most difficult obstacles in the evolution of watchmaking. Now, it represents a much sought after model that is sold for over $15,000.