In its role as the official engineering partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team, the Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has introduced two new race-themed additions to its Ingenieur collection. The Ingenieur Dual Time and Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic are equipped with features adapted to the needs of a Formula 1 driver, both on and off the track.
The $9,700 Ingenieur Dual Time is equipped with a function that allows its wearer to track a second time zone—a feature perfect for a globetrotting racer. The watch is understated and elegant and sports a stainless-steel case and dial available in either black or silver. The second time zone is indicated via an arrow-tipped hand that tracks time along a 24-hour set of indices printed around the inside of the bezel. The top half of this ring is darker in color than the lower half, indicating whether it is night or day in the second time zone.
While the Dual Time is ideal for travel, the Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic is designed with the track in mind. It is crafted from many of the same materials found in high-performance automobiles, including a case and dial in lightweight carbon fiber and a bezel made from scratch-resistant, mirror-finished ceramic. The watch’s automatic movement features an integrated shock-absorption system that resists the inaccuracies caused by sudden acceleration or braking, as well as by vibrations experienced in the cockpit. The crystal on the watch’s caseback provides a view of the movement’s rotor, which is shaped like engine pistons—another reference to the world of racing. The Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic is priced at $22,100 and is limited to 1,000 pieces. (www.iwc.com)