With the cacophony of Baselworld 2016 releases reaching something of a nadir, we see the release of three new IWC Ingenieur Chronograph watches that opt for a vintage-inspired case over the previous Gerald Genta design, and also feature a new in-house IWC 69370 movement. These three specific models are limited editions commemorating the 74th Goodwood Member’s Meeting, which is a weekend-long racing event. The IWC Ingeniuer Chronograph Edition “74th Member’s Meeting at Goodwood” is limited to 74 pieces and features a rose gold case, the IWC Ingeniuer Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is in a stainless steel case, and the IWC Ingeniuer Chronograph Edition “W 125” is a titanium version. These last two will each have a 750-watch run.
The new 42mm-wide and 15mm-high case features two totalizers, small seconds dial, and tachymeter on the outer edge. IWC says this design is inspired by the dashboard of a vintage sports car – but whatever its design roots are, it is a distinctly new design when compared to the Gerald Genta-designed case of previous IWC Ingenieurs. Angular lines, integrated lugs, and crown protectors are gone. No bezel screws, rubber, plastic, or anything of the sort. Subtle touches like the two circles at 12 o’clock are reminiscent of the very first IWC Ingeniuer (below), years before Genta was commissioned to recreate the Ingeniuer.
Aesthetic reboot aside, there’s a new movement here too, with the in-house IWC 69370 caliber. This is an automatic chronograph movement that has date, stopwatch, and small hacking seconds. The movement is made up of 200 parts and measures 30mm wide by 7.9mm high. It operates at a frequency of 28,800vph and has a 46-hour power reserve.
The rose gold IWC Ingenieur Chronograph “74th Member’s Meeting at Goodwood” which is limited to 74 pieces also has red gold hands and appliqués, and comes on a brown calfskin strap. The black dial with rose gold and red gold has pretty classic, old-school good looks, and I think 42mm is the ideal case size, not something like 46mm. Personally, I don’t love the red used on the subdials – I understand the racing and automotive inspiration, but it looks a little confused to me. Luckily, I feel far less strongly about the red on the titanium and steel versions.
Seen above, the IWC Ingeniuer Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is dedicated to the eponymous racing driver who won 3 European Drivers’ Championships through the 1930s. On a brown calfskin strap, the 42mm case is done in stainless steel with a slate-colored dial. The hands and appliqués are in rhodium and, as I mentioned before, the red on the sub dials looks pretty good in these press photos.
The IWC Ingeniuer Chronograph Edition “W 125” is inspired by the Mercedes-Benz W 125 Silver Arrow from the late 1930s. The titanium case cradles a dial with black hands and appliqués, which are naturally complemented by the black calfskin strap and also the red in the sub dials.
This new design won’t be replacing the Genta designed Ingeniuer according to IWC, so we may be seeing more non-limited versions in the future alongside the current line. Price for the rose gold IWC Ingeniuer Chronograph Edition “74th Member’s Meeting at Goodwood” is $17,200 and the Ingeniuer Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” and “W 125” are both $7,150 each. iwc.com