This new Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon is definitely going to do well among IWC aficionados. This model, in my opinion, is a welcome addition to the somewhat flagging Ingenieur collection. This spectacular design is a true work of art that showcases IWC’s staunch ability for fine watchmaking. This timepiece will be launched at SIHH and subsequently will be available exclusively at IWC boutiques worldwide.
The tourbillon in this IWC model is fitted with a special Constant-Force mechanism, which as the name suggests, provides a consistent rate of energy from the escapement to the gear train, allowing for greater precision. When coupled with a tourbillon, this piece guarantees an exceptional accuracy that is very difficult to find in other brands. This mechanism guarantees an extremely precise rate over 48 hours. The tourbillon developed over 200 years ago, and the Constant-Force mechanism bridge new and old innovations in this masterpiece from IWC.
To this date, IWC leads in the Constructer’s Championship of Haute Horlogerie. This watch is powered by the newly developed 94800 Calibre. This manual wound movement is fitted with two barrels which deliver the power for the torque necessary to run this mechanism.
Apart from the tourbillon which can be found at the 9 position, there is also a realistic moon phase complication which gives the phases of the moon for both the north and south hemispheres. The depiction of the moon is so accurate that even most of the craters which are features of Earth’s lone companion can be easily recognized. There is also a countdown display showing phases of the moon until the next full moon.
The case of this watch is made from 950 platinum and ceramic. The case rises slightly on the right side cupping the main crown in an effort to protect it from impacts. The case back is made from sapphire crystal, which evinces the highly technical movement.
The dial is black and it features a striking guilloche design and hour markers with the lone exception at the six position which is displayed using an Arabic numeral. The hands are black toned and are coated with luminescence for optimal readability at night. A leather strap is used to secure this watch to the wrist. The strap employs white contrast stitching giving this watch a rugged aesthetic.