May 30, 2014
by David Bredan
IWC Schaffhausen, the watch “engineered for men” as their motto puts it, has been involved in a number of partnerships with teams and events related to what I guess we could call “manly sports.” One of these partnerships is between the Eastern-Switzerland-based brand and the Formula One team Mercedes AMG Petronas, who have so far dominated the season, by the way. The primary collection dedicated to this co-operation is the Ingenieur, the more rugged and sports-inspired among all IWC collections.
I have actually spotted pit crew members wearing different models from this line during races, something I considered a nice touch. IWC has just announced two new-ish pieces related to this partnership between the F1 team and the brand, so today we are looking at the IWC Ingenieur Dual Time Reference IW324402, which is the black dial version, and Reference IW324404, sporting a silver dial.
Of all Ingenieur models, IWC offers a more sensible option with the Dual Time, although its 43 millimeter wide stainless steel case carries more heft than its similarly restrained 40 mm counterparts from 2013. As its name suggests, the Dual Time displays the local time with the traditional hour and minute hands, while what is generally referred to as “home time” is displayed with an additional centrally mounted hand pointing to the 24-hour scale on the periphery of the dial.
The 35720 movement inside is not a fully in-house design, but rather, it is based on a Sellita movement. It operates at 4 Hertz (28,800 beats per hour) and offers an acceptable, although average, 42 hours of power reserve. A more notable feature beyond its date indication is that all indications are set through the crown with the addition of a setting feature which IWC likes to call TZC, or Time Zone Corrector. And while you certainly won’t be correcting time zones with it in the literal sense of the term, it will nonetheless allow you to set the hour hand in one-hour increments, a comfort-feature frequent travelers will certainly appreciate. We reached out to IWC for images of the caseback and the movement, but none were available at the time of the debut of the piece, which is an unfortunate negligence we are not used to experiencing from the brand. At $9,700, the Ingenieur Dual Time is a restrained looking, sensibly styled, albeit undoubtedly pricey travel companion. iwc.com