by Christopher Scapelliti
IWC Schaffhausen was founded in 1868 as a melding of U.S. engineering technology and Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship. In 1955, the watchmaker’s years of technical expertise were rewarded when its first Ingenieur wristwatch set new standards for precision and durability. The premiere Ingenieur featured a soft-iron inner case to protect against magnetic fields and boasted the first bidirectional automatic movement. Subsequent models introduced more robust shock and magnetic resistance as well as lightweight platinum cases that offered greater durability and corrosion resistance. In 2005, the Ingenieur received a number of improvements—including superior impact and shock resistance—that have made it a reliable timepiece for rugged and even extreme conditions.
In many of those respects, the new Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium is a worthy addition to the Ingenieur family. Significantly, it is the first Ingenieur watch to feature a rattrapante, or split-seconds hand. One of the most difficult complications to manufacture, a rattrapante has two second hands, allowing the wearer to time two events of different durations. The push of a button stops one of the two hands; a second push sets the stopped hand back in sync with the other.
The satin finish on the titanium case is yet another “first,” giving the Double Chronograph Titanium a smooth and refined appearance that belies the titanium’s strength. The case also makes a powerful presence with a diameter of 45mm—just .5mm smaller than the stainless-steel Big Ingenieur introduced in 2007. In addition, the bezel features five screwheads coated in diamond-like carbon (DLC), and the pushbuttons and crown protector are coated in black rubber.
Finally, the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium marks the first time IWC has used the color blue on a dial, where it is employed for the numbering of seconds, on the second hand, and on the minutes and hours subdials. In addition, the interstices of the rhodium-plated hands are coated with a luminescent material that appears black but glows visibly in the dark.
Other features include water resistance to 12 bar, a sturdy Ingenieur rubber strap, a sapphire glass with an antireflective coating on both sides, and screwed back and crown. Weighing just 130 grams, and with a case height of 16mm, the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium should be extremely comfortable on the wrist…when it is released. The date, along with the price, is yet to come. In the meantime, enjoy the images of the Ingenieur family’s newest addition.