This may be the year of Aquatimer, but last year’s Ingenieur collection is still making waves. In particular, with the Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic is a bold watch that we haven’t explored here yet. And with winter still hanging around but spring on the horizon, this is a watch that could take you through the transition perfectly.
The Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic (Ref. 3225) takes the automotive styling of the 2013 Ingenieur collection and packs it into a technologically advanced 46mm ceramic case. IWC was one of the earliest watch brands to use ceramic in its cases, all the way back in 1986. This isn’t IWC following a trend, but rather referencing its own history in a new way. The ceramic used here is zirconium oxide, a stronger ceramic that can take a high level of polishing and finishing.
The case is a large 46mm and features robust crown guards on the right side of the case, really emphasizing the size. The rounded bezel has the five automotive-inspired spline screws you’ll find on the other Ingenieurs and the inner flange is marked in 5-minute increments.
While the case is always black (as you’d expect from the “Black Series”), there are both black and brown dial options. The black is very slick and understated, but the brown is interesting and unexpected. The brown dial is complemented by rich yellow luminous material that reminds us of well-patinated Tritium. Between the size and clarity of the dial, this is an extremely easy watch to read. A combination rubber/leather strap is comfortable while maintaining a slightly dressier look than a plain rubber strap.
Inside the AMG Black Series Ceramic is the in-house caliber 80110, which is a simple time and date movement. That said, this movement has an integrated shock-absorption system and the efficient Pellaton winding system that IWC’s movements are known for. The rotor has been appropriately blacked out, a really nice detail that completes the tactical look.
You can learn more about the AMG Black Series Ceramic here.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen