BREBREAKTHROUGH: INGENIEUR PERPETUAL CALENDAR DIGDIGITAL DATE-MONTH
IWCIWC’s Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month is a technical marmarvel that promises to deliver on all levels. The fi rst Ingenieur, in 1951955, was a breakthrough in watchmaking, thanks to a high-precision desidesign wound solely by the wearer’s arm movements. In 1976, the IngeIngenieur SL designed by Gerald Genta made waves for its rugged and sporsporty looks – a rarity then – and continued the Ingenieur’s tradition of beinbeing constantly on the forefront of horological excellence.
As the name of this latest version suggests, the Ingenieur Perpetual CaleCalendar Digital Date-Month features a perpetual calendar and chrochronograph – a wonderful technical combination in any watch. IncoIncorporating the in-house Calibre 89802 with a power reserve of 68 houhours, the watch has a semi-transparent double display for the date and monmonth that fl aunts the impressive calibre in motion.
As with every Ingenieur before it, this is groundbreaking in its own right. The quick-action switch – an intelligent mechanism that storstores energy separately – took a team of IWC watchmakers and design engiengineers at least four years to master. Every night, when the date dispdisplay advances, the sophisticated mechanism siphons off some energy, storstores it and then discharges it precisely at the end of the month.
Aesthetically, the Ingenieur is no less impressive. Held in place by five fierce-looking screws is a sturdy case of titanium aluminide – a hybhybrid compound used in the pistons and valves of F1 motorsports vehivehicles because it’s lighter and tougher than pure titanium and suited to eextreme temperatures. Ceramic is used for the push buttons, screw headheads, crown guards and crown on this watch.
With its groundbreaking technology, a clever display system, and a solid case, this watch exudes a presence that can’t be ignored.
Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital DateMonth titanium aluminide case and rubber strap