The Revisited IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40
IWC introduces the new Ingenieur Automatic 40 inspired by Gérald Genta’s Ingenieur SL, Reference 1832, from the 1970s. A new and contemporary design sure to please the most discerning of watch lovers.
IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled the Ingenieur Automatic 40 at the Watches and Wonders exhibition in Geneva. This new watch model takes inspiration from Gérald Genta’s Ingenieur SL, Reference 1832, from the 1970s, while also incorporating the latest technology and meeting high standards of ergonomics and finishing.
The Ingenieur SL was initially introduced in 1955 and redesigned by Gérald Genta in the 1970s. Genta’s unique artistic signature gave the watch a new and distinctive visual identity. The Ingenieur SL was a technical milestone for IWC, featuring the first automatic movement developed in Schaffhausen and a soft-iron inner case for magnetic field protection.
With the new Ingenieur Automatic 40, IWC has invested a lot of time and effort into engineering a watch with perfect case proportions, ergonomics, and modern movement technology. The watch features a new and contemporary interpretation of the original design signature while also embodying IWC’s engineering excellence.
“It is not every day that a designer gets the chance to work on an icon like the Ingenieur SL. We were aware of the enormous responsibility this task entailed and proceeded very cautiously. Nevertheless, we believe we succeeded in creating a new and contemporary interpretation, perfected down to the smallest detail. While keeping faithful to the original design signature, the new Ingenieur Automatic 40 is a perfect embodiment of IWC’s engineering excellence,” adds Christian Knoop, Chief Design Officer of IWC Schaffhausen.
A Better Fit on the Wrist
The overall dimensions of the case have been carefully reworked to ensure perfect ergonomics and wearability. The lug-to-lug distance of 45.7 millimeters makes it suitable for even slender wrists. The new middle-link attachment enhances the ergonomics of the watch and provides a better fit on the wrist. The curved casing ring further improves the ergonomics of the case.
The New Grid Dial and Polygonal Screws
One of the most striking changes of the new model is the introduction of functional, polygonal screws on its bezel. The screws now have a technical function and are always in the same position, unlike the Ingenieur SL’s bezel with five recesses that ended up in a different position on each watch. The dial features a distinctive “Grid” structure, stamped into the soft iron blank before it is galvanized. Appliques with luminescence add additional depth and ensure easy legibility, even at night.
High Level of Finishing
The Ingenieur Automatic 40 features an astonishingly high level of detail and finishing. The case, bezel, and bracelet are elaborately finished using a combination of polished and satin-finished surfaces. The upper parts of the bracelet contain closed links without pins, accentuating the outstanding craftsmanship. The integration of an elaborately finished butterfly folding clasp highlights the beauty and thinness of the H-link bracelet. A newly designed crown protection further underscores the sporty character of the timepiece.
The 32111 Automatic Calibre
The Ingenieur Automatic 40 is powered by the IWC-manufactured 32111 calibre, with a power reserve of 72 hours. The watch features soft-iron inner cases to protect the movements from magnetic fields and is water-resistant up to 10 bar, making it a versatile luxury sports watch for the 21st century.
The IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40: Four New References
IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328901: Stainless steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliques, integrated stainless steel bracelet with butterfly folding clasp.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328902: Stainless steel case, silver-plated dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliques, integrated stainless steel bracelet with butterfly folding clasp.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328903: Stainless steel case, aqua dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliques, integrated stainless steel bracelet with polished center links, and butterfly folding clasp.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328904: Titanium case, gray dial, black hands and appliques, integrated titanium bracelet with butterfly folding clasp.
Price & Availabilty
All of the new Ingenieur Automatic 40 models from IWC are available only through selected IWC boutiques.
Price: 11’900 CHF for the Stainless Steel Versions and 15’000 CHF for the Titanium Version
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