New In-House Calibre From IWC
The new IWC-manufactured 69370 calibre movement powers all of the following new special editions. “This first version of the 69000-calibre family takes our in-house movement expertise to another level and sets new standards regarding quality, ruggedness and reliability,” explains Thomas Gäumann, head of in-house movement development at IWC Schaffhausen.
The column-wheel chronograph movement comprises more than 200 components. It is 30 millimetres in diameter and 7.9mm high. After 1123 revolutions of the rotor, the bidirectional pawl-winding system has built up a power reserve of 46 hours. The balance oscillates at a rate of 4Hz and guarantees a high level of precision. The movement has 33 jewels, and decorations consisting of Geneva stripes and circular graining.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ‘74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood’ (Ref: IW387803) alludes to this year’s legendary historic motor sport 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 42mm 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 totalisers, 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.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ‘Rudolf Caracciola’ (Ref: IW387802) is dedicated to racing driver Rudolf Caracciola, who took three European Drivers’ Championship 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; the fact that it is limited to 750 watches makes it a tad more exclusive.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition ‘W 125’ (Ref: IW380701) 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 motor sport’s premier competition today. The titanium case, silver-plated dial and striking black hands and appliqués, together with the black calfskin strap, transport the owner directly to the controls of a W 125. This timepiece is also limited to 750 watches.