Surprising changes happened when IWC chose to redo its notable Ingenieur assortment in 2016. For one, the vigorous “Genta-esque” case was deserted and supplanted with the first plan of the 1960s models. Among the debut models were some 3-hand watches and chronographs. What’s more, on top of the reach was the complex Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, combining a QP and a flyback chronograph. This watch, accessible as of not long ago just in gold with a white dial, presently comes in another, lighter, more easygoing variant with a dark dial and titanium case under ref. IW381802.
The new form that IWC is presenting today is just an update of shadings and materials, as all the particulars and mechanical parts are indistinguishable. For this 100-piece restricted run of the Titanium ref. IW381802, IWC has picked another shading combination, with a sunray brushed record dark dial repeating the grayish color of the titanium case. The gaps for the digital QP are white for more prominent differentiation. The general impact is a more circumspect, lighter and sportier interpretation of this watch.
For the rest, we have a similar enormous case as the gold IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, which means a watch estimating 45mm in width and 17.4mm in stature – not little, clearly, but rather this model is the leader watch of the assortment. The presentation is very striking and specialized, with the chronograph signs situated in a co-hub counter at 12 o’clock and the little seconds at 6 o’clock. The perpetual calendar depends on two enormous, twofold digit windows at 3 and 9 o’clock, showing the date and the month. To give a rational look with the remainder of the round sub-dials, these windows are situated in fake counters. The jump year sign sits at 6 o’clock.
Powering the titanium IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month IW381802 is the equivalent, complex, in-house type 89801. This development depends on the 89XXX family, the top of the line programmed chronograph of IWC, with segment wheel, vertical grasp and flyback work. On top is an in-house perpetual calendar module. This development runs at 4Hz and brags 65 hours power hold. The sapphire caseback uncovers a strong red gold rotor and is pleasantly decorated.
The IWC Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Titanium IW381802 is worn on a 22mm dark calfskin lash. It will be restricted to 100 pieces and might be accessible at IWC official stores. Its cost will be EUR 41,500. More subtleties at iwc.com .