If you keep an eye on fresh products from IWC and are also a fan of the world’s most popular racing series, you probably know that the Swiss watchmaker sponsors the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team and have also probably noticed the gorgeous, cool as Arctic ice IWC Ingenieur Racer Automatic Chronograph that was announced back in December 2012. Well, the brand decided not to limit its onslaught to just one F1-themed watch. Behold the new IWC Ingenieur Carbon Performance limited edition (Ref. 3224).
Previously known as the main sponsor and official timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht race, IWC decided to up the ante and, back in May 2008, signed a three-year sponsorship agreement to become an Engineering Partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team. It was only a matter of time before a special-edition Ingenieur Racer automatic chronograph was officially announced.
The Italian watchmaker has upgraded its “Vintage” family of military-styled timekeepers with a new Anonimo Militare Vintage model that is inspired by historic timepieces were worn by the Italian troops during the times of World War II.
Using the same Caliber 79230 as the gorgeous Pilot Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN, the new IWC Ingenieur Titanium Doppel-Chronograph (Ref. 3765) is the first split-seconds (also known as Rattrapante) chronograph in the legendary “technocratic” series. Radiating the aura of Teutonic heavy-weight charisma, the watch is surprisingly light thanks to the ultra-light titanium alloy that was used to make its oversized exterior shell.
In 1948, when London happened to host its first Olympic Games, the Swiss watchmaker has also presented its very first Omega Seamaster hand-wound timekeeper. Now, 63 years later, as the British capital is making the final preparations to host the 2012 Olympic Games, Omega reintroduces the model as the Omega Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012” Limited Edition Automatic.
The French soccer player has once again partnered with IWC to offer the second “special edition” of the Ingenieur Edition Zinedine Zidane (Ref. IW500508) model, which is now limited to only 500 units.
The Porsche Design Flat Six P’6310 Automatic is sporting a robust and precise Swiss-made caliber and is offered in Porsche’s signature black-and-orange color scheme, which is usually reserved for the creme-de-la-creme editions of their sports cars. Although a bit overpriced, it is still a nice choice for any die-hard fan of the German automotive brand.
Unveiled at the beginning of the year, this IWC Aquatimer Chronograph in Red Gold (Ref. IW376903) is one of the dressiest models in their whole range of “tool” watches. With its black-red-white unidirectional rotating bezel nicely accented by 18-karat rose gold and supported by black carbon-fiber, the chronograph gives you the best of two worlds: while extremely dressy and elegant, it is also highly legible and ergonomic.
With its easy to read dial and impeccably finished surfaces, the new Porsche Design Flat Six P’6340 Automatic Chronograph sports an almost flawless design. Its only problem is that it takes only one quick glance to understand what kind of movement is beating inside its generously proportioned stainless steel case.
The IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph was first presented at the annual SIHH-2009 show that was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Although as cold and impartial as a man can be, I must confess however that this gorgeous timekeeper currently tops my list of IWC’s Most Wanted Watches being second only to the recently revealed Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month time-measuring device.