In 2008, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen dedicated a special watch model to its newest ambassador and one of the best footballers in the world, Zinédine Zidane. The Ingenieur Automatic Edition Zinédine Zidane was launched in limited edition of 1,000 watches.
Although Zinédine Zidane ended his career as an active footballer in 2006, he continues to play a leading position in the hearts of his fans and live up to his status as a sporting legend. Zinédine Zidane, a French national born in Marseilles, has been named World Footballer of the Year on three separate occasions, and in 1999 even World Sportsman of the Year.
Together with his clubs Juventus Turin and Real Madrid, he collected numerous national and international titles. However, the high point of his career was undoubtedly winning the World Cup. In 1998, Zidane captained the “Équipe Tricolore” to take the title in his own country – and two years later to achieve victory in the European Cup in the Netherlands.
In many areas, IWC Schaffhausen feels united with this outstanding athlete. Both represent values such as precision, perfection, technical competence – and social responsibility in their respective fields. The watch manufacturer, for example, is deeply involved in the “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” and in environmental protection, whereas “Zizou”, as the football star is affectionately known by his fans, supports the fight against poverty as ambassador for the UNDP, the United Nations’ development programme.
Of all the models in the IWC collection, none is better suited to Zidane than the Ingenieur Automatic. Just as Zidane loved and played impeccable football, the Ingenieur is conspicuous by its clear, functional design. An attribute common to both is their supreme technical accomplishment, which in the case of the Ingenieur is represented among other things by the IWC manufactured 80111-calibre movement.
It obviously possesses considerable stamina thanks to its automatic, highly efficient Pellaton winding mechanism. Finally, the integral shock-absorbing system ensures a high degree of robustness, supplemented by a sturdy case – water resistant to 12 bar.
Visually, too, this latest version of the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 44 mm watch is united with the legendary footballer Zinédine Zidane. The most important element in this case is the colour coding. Only a watch in the French national colours, which are reproduced both on the dial and in the blue crocodile leather strap with its red decorative stitching, is appropriate for a footballer who played for France 108 times over a period of twelve years.
One distinctive feature characterizes the glittering blue dial with its red and white minute graduations: the Arabic numeral “10” in a brilliant shade of red stands out against the eleven appliquéd, metallically lustrous hour indices. Regarded as a magical number by footballers, the squad number “10” on the back of the strip always characterizes the striker, the brains of a team – the role played by Zinédine Zidane for many years in the “Équipe Tricolore”.
The back engraving makes the Ingenieur Automatic Edition Zinédine Zidane an absolute must for fans of this exceptional footballer. Situated at the centre of the solid stainless steel back are the engraved portrait and the autograph of the sportsman, framed by the inscription “Zinédine Zidane – World Champion 1998” and the model designation “Ingenieur”.
The back also carries the serial number of the limited edition of 1,000 watches. The Ingenieur Automatic Edition Zinédine Zidane was introduced by Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen and the world-renowned footballer himself at an exclusive event on 16 June 2008 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.
Model: IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition Zinedine Zidane
Vibrations: 28,800/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 44 h
Material: Stainless steel
Glass: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Stainless steel, engraved