A beautifully crafted, newly engineered timepiece from IWC Schaffhausen, the Ingenieur Automatic 40 reflects the bold aesthetic codes of Gérald Genta’s Ingenieur SL (Ref. 1832) from the 1970s, making it a luxury sports watch for the 21st century and perfect embodiment of the Swiss luxury watchmaker’s engineering excellence.
“With the new Ingenieur Automatic 40, the steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet returns to our portfolio. While taking inspiration from Gérald Genta’s Ingenieur SL from the 1970s, we invested a lot of time and effort into engineering a new automatic model with perfect case proportions and ergonomics, a high level of detail and finishing, and equipped with modern movement technology. The new Ingenieur Automatic 40 is a versatile luxury sports watch for the 21st century,” said Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
Thanks to the curved casing ring and lug-to-lug distance, the Ingenieur Automatic 40 offers perfect ergonomics, IWC says. However, IWC has paid attention to not only ergonomics. The watch has to be beautiful. And it is. The Ingenieur Automatic 40 features a high level of detail and finishing. The stainless steel case houses a black dial, silver-plated or aqua dial featuring rhodium-plated hands and appliques and an integrated stainless steel bracelet with a butterfly folding clasp. A grade 5 titanium model is also available. This variant sports a grey dial featuring black hands and appliques and a bracelet fashioned from the same hard-wearing material as the case.
Christian Knoop, Chief Design Officer of IWC Schaffhausen, said, “It is not every day that a designer gets the chance to work on an icon like the Ingenieur SL. We were aware of the enormous responsibility this task entailed and proceeded very cautiously. Nevertheless, we believe we succeeded in creating a new and contemporary interpretation, perfected down to the smallest detail. While keeping faithful to the original design signature, the new Ingenieur Automatic 40 is a perfect embodiment of IWC’s engineering excellence.”