IWC Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance

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

IWC and A. Lange & Sohne Launch iPhone Apps

Everyone is doing it and now IWC and A. Lange & Sohne are too: launching apps available via download for Apple’s widely popular iPhone.A Lange Phone App

Luxury watch companies are some of those that have started creating interactive applications to promote their brands and products any way they can and why not? It’s the way of the 21st century. IWC and Sohne are both owned by the Richemont Group, which also claims Cartier watches as one of its own.

The timing of IWC’s application launch should be noted; the Swiss brand which tends to fly under the radar so to speak, received some big attention as 2009 came to a close. In an online poll conducted by Luxist.com, IWC won the distinction of being favorite luxury watch brand, beating out other brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger Le-Coultre and Patek Philippe.

IWC watches are loved by those who know them; they are extremely well crafted and can come with hefty price tags, but tend not to “make a lot of noise” by using a lot of bling. On its new app, the entire IWC collection is available and there is an interactive “play area” for fans; where users can simulate trying on an IWC watch.

In A. Lange & Sohne’s app, the focus is on its recently released Zeitwerk timepiece, which combines a jumping hours and jumping minutes complication. To explore the complexity of this watch, users can disassemble parts of it, as well as see news and images of other Sohne watches.

IWC Portuguese Automatic

It’s the pride of Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Well, I assume it is because other than being the home of IWC, I have no idea what else Schaffhausen is known for. Actually, I think we accidentally bombed it in World War Two, but I digress… Now what was I writing about, oh yeah… The IWC Portuguese Automatic watch.

IWC, which stands for International Watch Company, has been making world renowned timepieces since 1868, and its motto, “Probus Scafusia” which is Latin for “good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen” is as true today as it was when the company started. It is certainly true with the Portuguese Automatic, which is a truly magnificent wristwatch.

The Portuguese Automatic is about as esteemed a luxury watch as you’re going to find on the market. It’s a watch that watchmakers want. That is, the kind of people who pay close attention to craftsmanship almost always give it high praise. And it has basically earned that reputation without resorting to gimmickry. This is a clean, elegant and traditional timepiece. Take a look at its Arabic numerals and you’ll get a sense of its many charms… none of which blink, ring, or distract. On the other hand, it is not the least bit archaic. Of its timeless and contemporary features, this watch has the following: Mechanical movement; an automatic winding system; a seven-day power reserve; a power reserve display; very small seconds hand; a Breguet spring; a rotor that comes with an 18 carat yellow gold medallion; a date display; convex sapphire glass; a sapphire glass back; and the one I am looking at has a dark brown crocodile leather strap.

To sum up: The IWC Portuguese Automatic doesn’t try to show off. It doesn’t have to. It’s already close to perfect.

6 IWC Special Edition Watches

IWC has a long and rich history for crafting magnificent watches.  There is a wide array of series’ to choose from, each presenting fresh and enticing components to its time.  But to get an authentic experience within the world of IWC watches, there are 6 special edition watches that all bear the three letters of the company; IWC.

Portuguese Minute repeater Squelette

This is a limited edition of 25 watches that are all in platinum.  Each is unique to its collection, but it is the platinum with a crocodile leather strap that separates this amazing watch.  The dial sports see through sapphire, convex antireflective glass on both sides so that you can view all of the gadgets that make up this timepiece.

Pilots Chronograph Watches

This is a limited edition of 50 watches in 18 ct. white gold.  It is self winding but has a mechanical chronograph movement.  The chronograph has aggregate timing of up to 12 hours.  Some displays you will find on the watch include a day and date display with the obvious hour and minute display as well.  It also has a soft-inner case for protection against magnetic fields.

Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Edition Kurt Klaus

This limited edition of 50 watches is in platinum along with 500 that are in 18 ct. rose gold.  It features a perpetual calendar and moon display as well as a four-digit year display.  There is a crown-activated rapid calendar advance and an engraved portrait of Kurt Klaus on the back cover to give it true authenticity.

Portofino Chronograph

This is one of the more basic IWC special edition watches you will find on the market.  As expected, it is a chronograph timepiece that has a day and date display.  The watch is in 18 ct. white gold and features a crocodile leather strap.  The glass on the face is sapphire, convex, and antireflective on both sides.

Portofino Automatic

This is a rather basic special edition as well, as it only displays the date.  This watch is 18 ct. white gold as well and also features sapphire, convex and antireflective glass on both sides.  It too has a dark brown crocodile leather strap as well as a blue leather strap and bright blue face to choose from.

Portofino Midsize

This is a simple yet elegant IWC special edition watch.  It features a brown-great satin strap with the option of either 18 ct. white gold or rose gold.  There is an intricate design on the face with a wavy scale-looking design that is equally classy and enticing.  It is a watch that can be worn at a business meeting or at your kid’s basketball game.

Each IWC special edition watch has something different to offer for everyone.  The first three watches mentioned in this article have far more features to them, but the last three are just as impressive.