IWC unveiled a new timepiece to mark its cooperation with the Mercedes Amgpetronas Formula One Team. This watch, selected by NBA star Carmelo Anthony, is the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance. This model will be available in limited edition of only 100 pieces.
The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance comes in a carbon case that measures 46 millimeters in diameter. The middle part of the case is held together by screws and is manufactured using fibre matting, which is soaked in epoxy resin and shaped in a desired form before being heated at high temperature and pressure. This is the same technique used in monocoque of a racing car. To keep with the theme of motor-sports, IWC designers have used ceramic for the screw heads, the crown and crown protection. The screws and case-back ring are made of titanium. The watch comes with a black rubber strap with stamped calfskin inlay and titanium pin buckle. The stitches on the strap are either yellow or red nylon reminiscent of the stripes on the walls of the soft slick tires.
Inside the watch is the heart of the watch, which is the Calibre 80110 mechanical movement. This IWC-manufactured 80110-calibre movement has 44 hour power reserve and integrated shock-absorption system. The shock-absorption system allows the wearer to be in situations of extreme vibrations without affecting the watch.
The dial of this Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance is also made of carbon fiber. While carbon is only one-fifth the weight of steel, it does not have as much resistance to scratching. The black dial features under and over technique to create webbed design pattern and gives an authentic Formula One look. The dial has an impressive three-dimension look. A date window is visible at the 3 o’clock position. The hours and minutes markers as well as the hour and minute hands are luminescent and easy to read.
Technical Specifics of IWC Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance
- Mechanical movement – Calibre 80110
- Pellaton automatic winding
- 44-hour power reserve when fully wound
- Jewels – 28
- Integrated shock-absorption system
- Date display with crown-activated rapid advance
- Central hacking seconds
- Screw-in crown
- Sapphire glass, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
- See-through sapphire-glass back
- Water-resistant 12 bar
- Case height 14.5 mm
- Case Diameter 46 mm
- Bracelet Material – black rubber strap with stamped calfskin inlay
- Limited edition of 100 watches each, once with yellow and once with red nylon threads
- Price – $26,400