When IWC Men's Replica launched Ingenieur in 1954 and it was considered more as a tool watch than as a piece of haute horlogerie. Perhaps tool watch has a bit of a negative connotation, because nowadays this term is generally used for bigger and more rugged watches. The first Ingenieur was more seen as a ‘civilian’ version of the IWC Mark XI, one of the ancestors of the modern IWC pilot collection. Both watches had a soft-iron core around the movement, to protect negative influence from magnetism, however the Ingenieur was equipped with an automatic winding movement.
The photo shows the men's IWC Ingenieur Replica watch, which is in fact an Ingenieur Automatic from the Vintage Collection with a blue dial and a special engraved case back.
Also the size is different. The more modern Ingenieur measures 42 mm in diameter, while the vintage Ingenieurs had various diameters between 36.5 – 37.2 mm. Now-a-days this is considered small, but at that time the Ingenieur was actually a rather large for watch. This was due to the the soft iron casing.
Although the Ingenieur was a sort of a tool watch, it was produced for the civilian market and thus it was offered in a variety of ‘elegant’ dials in 18 carat gold en gold/steel cases. The IWC Ingenieur from the Vintage Collection resembles one of the first versions, reference 666A with the space between the double slash marker at the 12 o’clock position (photo above is borrowed from the IWC forum). Same, same, but a little different, because the vintage Ingenieur reference 666A does not have a date.This is already the fifth special edition IWC dedicated to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. A good reason to dig a bit deeper in the history of the IWC Ingenieur.
This week we start with a photo of an IWC Ingenieur Laureus watch replica, that was made by Dimer and immediately caught my attention.
IWC Ingenieur Laureus watch replica
For a very, very thorough history of the dial variations on vintage IWC Ingenieurs I can recommend to read the article by Larry Seiden, Marco Schönenberger and David ter Molen. By the way, did you know that the comes from the Swiss thunderbolt icon that warns of an electrical current’s presence? IWC has chosen the thunderbolt to represent the Ingenieur’s anti-magnetic abilities, because of its special soft iron shield construction to protect the best Swiss IWC watch replica against magnetic fields.
The IWC Da Vinci Replica Automatic is sized at 40mm, which by modern standards can often be considered a unisex size. It's slim at 10mm thick and the proportions are ideal for a replica watch that's meant for both men and women (note that this year also saw the release of the 36mm-wide IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 that is specifically for women). I, for one, don't have much of an issue with a 40mm case and find these measurements to exist somewhere within the sweet spot in terms of comfort and versatility. It's good to see IWC push women's replica watches that aren't exactly dainty or explicitly feminine as well. They made a similar move last year with the IWC Pilot's replica watch
Automatic 36 which, funny enough, was the same size as the original Mark XI. But hey, either way, I'm not one to complain about more women wearing IWCs and the brand has certainly grown in their consideration of the female demographic and how they market to them.
I did want to include the image of the advertisement for a previous Da Vinci line here just because it's interesting and hilarious to see just how dated it looks. It's like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving. Anyway, just wanted to share that little bit of irony since IWC is marketing more to women than ever this year. Back to the replica watch...
The dial is simple, which can mean elegant for some or boring for others. With a time-only layout and unobtrusive date placement at 6 o'clock sitting within a well-contrasted seconds track. Both the silver-plated and slate dial finishes serve as nice backdrops for the polished Arabic numerals and the lancet-shaped hands, which are both color-matched for their respective dials. One thing you'll notice is that the twin frame bezel is actually quite pronounced, and its combination with the convex sapphire crystal results in a compact, vintage-inspired look.
A noticeable feature is the set of horn lugs which are hinged and meant to adjust to the wrist's contours for a closer fit. It's a great addition for smaller wrists and a design touch that recalls some of the earlier replica watches in the Da Vinci collection like the Da Vinci SL Automatic Ref. 3528.
We've seen IWC do some amazing work with Santoni and naturally, the silver dial Ref. IW356601 comes with a Santoni alligator leather strap fitted with a stainless steel pin buckle. It's a logical pairing, though you can't help but love the slightly more aggressive styling of the Ref. IW356602 with its polished stainless steel bracelet meant to match the slate dial. Either of the configurations provides a pleasant wearing experience, and it will be interesting to see how much after-sales support IWC will provide in the way of compatible strap options.
The Ingenieur AMG black swiss replica watch is made as a tribute to its namesake combined with everyday practicality, reliability and quality. , which has been set off the colour black at its elegant best featured with silky matte case and back . which makes the timepiece an attractive eye-catcher.
Take a closer view of the Iwc Ingenieur replica watch you will find out the brilliant advantanges : high-tech ceramics used in this timepiece make it incredibly light and hardy, scratch-resistant, corrosion-resistant, and will not cause the skin allergies that are associated with many metallic models. You could have this special edition with 2 variations : Black dial and rubber strap or brown dial and with black rubber strap with elegant brown leather inlay . Now what you see the model is the brown dial with elegant rubber strap . The sapphire crystal case back give a clear view of the operation of the mechanism .
On the occasion of the opening of its third Italian boutique - after Rome and Venice - in the heart of Milan’s luxury shopping area, IWC Mens Replica introduced the new Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition "Boutique Milano" (Ref. IW371215), a 100-piece limited edition.
In some way this timepiece can be considered the successor of the Portuguese Rattrapante Ref. IW3712-14, a 300-piece limited edition created for the Italian market in 2006.
The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition "Boutique Milano" Replica features, at 10 o’clock, the characteristic third button for the rattrapante mechanism.
Unlike a standard chronograph, the rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph has two hands that start simultaneously. The rattrapante hand, which is superimposed on the stopreplica watch hand, can be stopped independently using a third button at 10 o’clock, while the stopreplica watch hand continues to run. This permits the user to record two separate times, exact to the second, within any given minute. If the third button is pushed again, the split-seconds hand instantaneously catches up and is synchronised with the other hand.
Offering water resistance to 30 metres / 100 feet, the 41 mm x 12.5 mm red gold case frames a beautiful blue dial with tachymetric scale and telemetric scale. The latter is used to calculate the distance of an event (lighting, for example) based on the time interval from when the lightning is seen to when the sound is heard.
The hand-wound IWC-manufactured calibre 76240 beats at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and guarantees a power reserve of 48 hours.
The connection with Milan is emphasised by the back case incision evoking the "Biscione", the grass snake of the Visconti noble dynasty which became the symbol of the city during the Middle Ages. The back case also displays the individual number of each of the 100 pieces that will be produced.