New up-and-coming models from IWC

It’s going to be a very exciting January! New watches just keep popping up for the 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, and one of the companies who have given us a sneak peek at their future collection is IWC, with their latest additions to the Ingenieur collection. New timepieces include stainless steel as their main material, with the addition of black ceramic for one of the model.

Nice black and white contrast on the dial

First, let’s take a look at the 3 stainless steel Ingenieur Automatic models. The watches feature 40 mm cases with design that pays tribute to the original Ingenieur designed by Gerald Genta in 1977. All three models share the same design when it comes to the case and the stainless steel bracelet, but the key differences among them can be observed by looking at their dials. Buyers will be able to choose between a black dial version and two silver-plated dial versions. The former is paired with rhodium-plated hands, while the silver-plated dial versions offer both rhodium-plated and rose gold hands. The dial is protected by a flat sapphire crystal, with antireflective coating on both sides. The Ingenieur Automatic boasts with a more-than-average water resistance – 120 meters should be more than enough for prospective buyers. Inside, there is a self-winding movement (caliber 30110) that offers 42 hours of power reserve.

Rose gold or rhodium? Tough call.

Next, how about some speed? The Ingenieur Automatic AMG “Black Series” Ceramic watch draws inspiration from the world of high-performance AMG cars by Mercedes-Benz, and brings sporty as well as sleek design to the Ingenieur collection. IWC has teamed up with Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team earlier this year, so the inspiration for this watch isn’t much of a surprise. With case diameter being 46 mm and stunning black ceramic, this watch certainly makes a strong visual impact. But the overall design could be described as “subtle” and sleek, with its mostly black surfaces. IWC’s in-house automatic mechanical 80110 calibre powers the functions of the watch, including the date. The movement, observable on the case-back, also features black rotor treatment.

Sleek black ceramic enriches the Ingenieur collection

Finally, for the fans of chronograph timepieces, IWC has prepared two watches: the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer with a more classic stainless steel look, and the Chronograph Silberpfeil, dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow (Silberpfeil), the car that once dominated the world of racing. Apart from chronograph, these watches also feature a tachymeter. The Chronograph Racer features white dial with blue hands, while the Silberpfeil offers silver dial and some darker details. The timepieces will be available with classic stainless steel bracelet or a combined rubber/textile strap. Inside it ticks the calibre 89361, which actually took four years to develop.

For all your racing needs - Chronograph Racer

No doubt about it; next year is going to be very exciting for the fans of IWC. We’ll just have to wait until the 2013 Salon starts to fully see the refreshed Ingenieur collection. Judging by these models, the collection seems promising. The watches inspired by the world of racing will arguably bring more attention, but that certainly doesn’t mean that the classic models will be left behind.  After all, “classic” is always fashionable!

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