Introduced in 2007, in the series of new Ingenieur models, the Automatic in the 44 mm diameter high-tech case made of ceramic and stainless steel ventures into new dimensions. Inside, in the form of the 80111 calibre movement, runs an imperturbable highly engineered drive mechanism in a class of its own.
IWC Schaffhausen has a long tradition as a technology powerhouse. As the first manufactory to use titanium and ceramic in watchmaking, it has the longest experience in the machining of high-tech materials. In a manner of speaking, progress converges in the Ingenieur Automatic 44 mm: only the middle part of the three-part case is made of stainless steel, while the bezel and the screw-down glass mounting for the case back are made of black ceramic material.
The 80111 calibre manufactory movement, which is imperturbable in all respects, serves here as a mechanical watch drive mechanism. In contrast to its predecessor, the 80110 calibre, it has a smaller motion work height, which permits a slimmer design for the dial. It retains the same Pellaton winding system, however, and the same built-in shock-absorbing system, which also stands up to the hardest of impacts or vibrations.
This sporting watch does not renounce its affinity to engineering in other regards either: the typical Ingenieur styling of the dial is rendered visually lighter by two elements, which, by design, in the area of the minute graduations at “12.00” and “6.00” resemble the brake callipers of racing cars.
For this Ingenieur also has its place where the going can be rough and uncomfortable. In this respect, the use of the high-tech ceramic, zirconium oxide, is naturally not just an attractive design idea. The use of this scratch-resistant material is particularly appropriate in applications where a watch most frequently comes into contact with shocks, impacts or scratches and is subject to “friction losses” as a result. The upper part of the case clearly bears the brunt of this.
The IWC Ingenieur Automatic 44 mm is of a slightly slimmer and lighter construction than the classic Ingenieur, Ref. 3227. On the one hand, it dispenses with the soft iron inner case for protection against extreme magnetic fields and by so doing offers an unobstructed view of the 80111 calibre movement through the sapphire glass back for the first time; on the other hand, the calibre itself has a slimmer configuration. The highest wearing comfort is assured by the soft strap, with which the watch is secured on the wrist.