IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch Hands-On

IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch Hands-On

IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch Hands On   hands on

An easy watch for IWC lovers to enjoy is this new model in the Ingenieur collection that incorporates a lot of what we enjoy about the brand. This may be the first time, or among the few times that IWC has used its rattrapante movement in an Ingenieur piece. Rattrapante is a fancy name for a split second chronograph, or as IWC refers to it in this watch, a "Double Chronograph."

Double chronographs are an interesting complication that are mechanically very cool, but probably not something most people are going to use very often. They offer a second chronograph that measures up to 60 seconds outside of the timing of the main chronograph. When not being used, this second chronograph hand usually "hides" under the main chronograph seconds hand, until you want to use it to time something else. Watch nerds can go ga-ga over these, and they actually aren't that common, though you'll find a good variety of them in various IWC watches. Now it has come to this collection with the IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium.

IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch Hands On   hands on

IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch Hands On   hands on

2013 sees two versions of this new titanium sport watch in 45mm wide cases. While this is the same year that IWC released a more formal 40mm wide version of the Ingenieur, for us this collection is still about large, cool looking sport watches. At 45mm wide and 16mm thick... this is that type of watch. Though in titanium it isn't too heavy, which is certainly a good thing. We also feel that the Ingenieur collection as a whole looks very nice in titanium's slightly more gray metal color mixed with the dark strap and bezel screws.

IWC offers two dial colors for the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium. One is black with blue accents, but we keep being drawn to the "silver-plated" tone dial. While not exactly white, it is an almost white colored sport watch dial - and we love those. In our review of the Porsche Design Flat Six P'6310 watch, we discussed the difficultly in producing light-dialed sport watches, and what it takes to succeed. The key is the right black materials and a lack of reflectivity. This is very well executed with the thickly-outlined-in-black hands and applied hour indicators. While the dial has a touch of gloss to it, all of the indicators stand out with a beautiful, instrumental gusto on the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium face.

IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium Watch Hands On   hands on

6 comments
SayedFarhanAbbas
SayedFarhanAbbas

The description of the watch makes it easier for anyone to visualize and understand the mechanics of it

spiceballs
spiceballs

I like them,  Well though-out clean design with good legibility. Like the white face (which might work better with a bracelet?) but prefer the black/blue face as the hands appear less obtrusive and maybe works better with the rubber strap.  Now I just need to get past the cost of these high-flyer watches.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

The marketing image is very sexy, but the real-world photos leave me really cold. Not sure if it;s just the dial colour difference or not. Although, to be honest, I've never really been an Ingenieur fan, and the watch will always have a hill to climb to impress me. 

Fan of the brand, but IWC offers so much more awesome than this, even in this price range. 

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Well, now I just like this watch even more.  I prefer the black dial with blue highlights, though it would probably be better if the colours weren't quite so saturated.  Black day and date wheels on all models is a great touch that is strangely beyond the comprehension of many manufacturers.  I'm still hoping that blue dials will come back in style, as I think black and white gets a little boring.  I've seen this kind of complication before but only on "classical" themed watches, so it's nice to see IWC come up with an implementation for people living in this century. 

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

And only the IWC stock photos show the chronograph seconds split apart? Come on Ariel, you must have had some fun with this watch in split mode. Or does that mean the other hand is still moving (which makes for bad photography) and a video is in order?

Agree that the white dial is the sweet one. I don't always like all of the details on some Ingenieur models, but this one is very well done.

Grinnie Jax
Grinnie Jax

@MarkCarson I totally agree. Went through all the photos to find chronograph in split seconds mode and found only a render of it... Hope the video will illustrate the system in action very soon.

One of the best Ingenieurs, IMHO