IWC’s Ingenieur Collection, which features the legendry watch guru Gerald Genta’s timeless design Ingenieur, is introduced to the watch enthusiasts with its new design and fully in-house movements. Unveiled at the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting, a classic car event open to members of the eponymous automobile club, we took a close look at the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” IW380703.
The new Ingenieur Collection features three variants mainly differentiated with their case materials and dial colors. The version we have here is the IW380703 model with 18K rose gold case and black dial.
The new case design features a 42mm diameter which is a pretty optimal for today’s sport chronographs. Comparing with the previous 45 and 46mm diameter versions, the new models feels extremely comfortable and well balanced on the wrist. The lugs of the 18K rose gold case are smooth and nicely curved.The winding crown and the pushers perfectly match with the elegant form of the case.
The bezel, lugs, winding crown and pushers share the same mirror polished finish while the sides of the case and the folding clasp features matt finish.
The black dial is accompanied with matching rose gold hands and indices. The red accents highlight the sporty side of the watch together with the tachymeter scale around the dial. The date window is positioned at 3 o’clock displaying a white font over black background date disk.
Besides the new look, the Ingenieur Chronograph is also powered by a fresh in-house movement, the Caliber 69370. Initially the 69000 series is meant to replace the ETA Valjoux 7750 which is widely featured in entry-level IWC chronographs. The Caliber 69370 sports exactly the same dimensions as the Valjoux 7750 – 30 mm wide and 7.9 mm high – but is better engineered in terms of structure as this new movement features a column wheel (instead of the basic cam in the 7750), IWC’s “Magic Lever” winding mechanism and a 46-hour power reserve. The Caliber 69370 bears a similar dial layout with the ETA Valjoux 7750 at the first look but there is a difference: the sub-seconds are at six o’clock instead of at nine as on the 7750.
Another neat feature of the watch is the strap as we I believe it already caught your attention. The captioned pattern on the strap adds a classy and a sporty touch at the same time. This nice strap is secured with the 18K rose gold folding clasp.
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “74th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” is limited to 74 pieces only. Being the most important timepiece of the face lifted Ingenieur Collection with its dedication and unique design, this new timepiece definitely worth being seen in person.
We had the opportunity to picture the new model at the beautiful boutique of IWC at Nişantaşı – Istanbul so, if you want to see it in person you can find it there but we suggest you to better hurry as the watch do not seem to stay at there for a long time.