An #IWC Big Pilot for the @Mercedes_AMG_Petronas pilots, @lewishamilton and @nico_rosberg.
This year might be the year of the Ingenieur, but the collection has amazing history stretching all the way back to 1955 with the introduction of the first anti-magnetic Ingenieur. Then there was Gerald Genta’s SL. Here we look to the less distant past, to last year’s Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition.
This watch is directly inspired by those original 1950s Ingenieurs, but with a number of updates too. First off is the 42.5mm case size. Not oversized by today’s standards, this would have been massive in 1955. Rendered here in 5N red gold with a rich brown dial, the watch has a warm tone perfect for this time of year.
The red tip to the central hacking seconds hand is another nod to the originals, something you’ll find on many anti-magnetic watches from the mid-twentieth century. That hacking seconds is controlled by the Calibre 80111 movement, an automatic in-house movement designed specifically for this generation of Ingenieur.
This is one of those watches that straddles the vintage/modern divide quite well, paying tribute without looking faux-vintage. It might be last year’s model, but it’s one that’s going to look great for years.
- HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen