Watches and Wonders 2023: Genta Design IWC Ingenieur Is Back

As part of Watches and Wonders 2023, IWC is reviving Gérald Genta’s IWC Ingenieur legacy.

IWC Ingenieur, one of the oldest stories of mechanical watchmaking, was produced in the 1950s for scientists, engineers, doctors and people who mostly worked in magnetic environments. Indeed, the story of Ingenieur began before Gérald Genta, considered the greatest watch designer of the 20th century, designed the Ingenieur SL in the 1970s.

The Ingenieur SL emerged after the brand asked Genta to redesign the model. As with all watches he has touched, Genta has succeeded in creating a brand-new watch and an icon in Ingenieur. As a matter of fact, the Ingenieur Automatic 40 model, designed by IWC with inspiration from Genta’s legacy, was one of the most talked about IWC models in the 2023 leg of Watches and Wonders.

The new IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40 is a contemporary version of the Ingenieur model designed by Gérald Genta in the 1970s. The most reminiscent of the model designed by Genta is its embossed dial with a grid pattern. Small lines shifted at 90-degree angles to each other cover the entire dial. In Genta’s design, it was like a small, checkered notebook. The classic Ingenieur logo also retains its place on the dial. This structure of small lines is stamped in soft iron. Announced with four references, three of which are steel and one titanium case, the IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40 is more inherited compared to the Ingenieur model released by the brand in 2013. Just like the dial, the horns of the watch are faithful to the original, and the case diameter is 40 mm.

Working with Caliber 32111, Ingenieur Automatic 40 has a power reserve of 120 hours. In keeping with the tradition of Ingenieur, the movement is housed in a soft iron inner case to protect it from magnetic field effects.

Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328901

Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328902

Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328903

IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40, Ref. IW328904

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