IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN TAKES INGENIEUR INTO THE AGE OF THE CLASSICS

Hershey Pascual   |   29 - 03 - 2016

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[Photo: Mika Haekkinen, 1998 and 1999 Formula One World Champion being interviews in a Mercedes silver arrow during the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting – PHOTOPRESS/IWC/Jack Terry.]

At the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, IWC Schaffhausen unveiled three special editions from the Ingenieur watch family. Available in a limited edition of just 74 watches, the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” is a tribute to this legendary motorsport event in the south of England. But the Ingenieur Chronograph Editions “Rudolf Caracciola” and “W 125” likewise bring the fascination of classic motorsport to the wearer’s wrist. And the new IWC-manufactured 69370 calibre makes its debut appearance in all three models.

Since 1955, the name Ingenieur has stood for uncompromising engineering, ultimate performance and technical innovation. Now, IWC Schaffhausen continues the success story, which has run for over 60 years, with three special editions.

Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen said: “The eye-catching vintage character of the new models adds some unexpected highlights to the design and takes the Ingenieur into the golden age of classical motorsport. Inside the case, the elegant, sporty timepieces feature the new in-house 69370 calibre, a significant watch- making innovation in its own right.”

HANDOUT – The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” (Ref. IW380703) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in solid red gold measuring 42 millimetres in diameter and a black dial, with two totalizers, small seconds and tachymeter scale running round the outer edge, clearly taking its cue from the dashboard of a gutsy sports car. The beautifully worked brown calfskin strap likewise recalls the luxurious interior of classic motor cars. The timepiece comes in an exclusive limitation of 74 pieces. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” alludes to this year’s legendary historic motorsport event near the south coast of England. The most conspicuous feature of the timepiece, which is limited to 74 watches, is the solid red gold case measuring 42 millimetres in diameter. With its elegant simplicity, it is distinctly different from Gérald Genta’s technically inspired case design, as previously used for the Ingenieur, and gives the watch its classic appeal. The black dial with its two totalizers, small seconds and tachymeter scale running round the outer edge clearly takes its cue from the dashboard of a gutsy sports car. The beautifully worked brown calfskin strap likewise recalls the luxurious interior of classic motor cars.

HANDOUT – The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” (Ref. IW380702) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in stainless steel, rhodium-plated hands, slate-coloured dial and a luxurious brown calfskin strap. The watch is dedicated to racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, who took three European Drivers’ Championship crowns in the 1930s. The dial imitates the instrument look of the historic racing cars which, at the height of Caracciola’s career, took him from one victory to the next. The timepiece is limited to 750 pieces. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is dedicated to racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, who took three European Drivers’ Champion- ship crowns in the 1930s. The stainless-steel case, rhodium- plated hands and slate-coloured dial give the watch a technical appeal without forgoing any of its elegance. The dial imitates the instrument look of the historic racing cars which, at the height of Caracciola’s career, took him from one victory to the next. This sporty, yet elegant, timepiece likewise features a luxurious brown calfskin strap, and the fact that it is limited to 750 watches makes it a tad more exclusive.

HANDOUT – The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” (Ref. IW380701) from IWC Schaffhausen features a case in titanium, silver-plated dial and striking black hands and appliqués, together with a black calfskin strap. The watch takes up the theme of the Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrow, which was designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut and dominated the competition as emphatically as the current version of the Mercedes Silver Arrow heads up motorsport’s premier competition today. The timepiece is limited to 750 pieces. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” takes up the theme of the Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrow. Back in the late 1930s, the racing car designed by Rudolf Uhlenhaut dominated the competition as emphatically as the current version of the Mercedes Silver Arrow heads up motorsport’s premier competition today. The titanium case, silver-plated dial and striking black hands and appliqués, together with the black calf-skin strap, transport the owner directly to the controls of a W 125. This timepiece is also limited to 750 watches.