By James Phang
To commemorate IWC’s tenth year partnership with Mercedes-AMG, IWC has released the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition AMG GT. It has broken new ground in the watch industry, with its introduction of the Ingenieur AMG GT as the first ever watch using boron carbide, the hardest known ceramic in the world. Requiring more than 5 complex and time-consuming stages to process the material, boron carbide is of similar hardness as diamond and yet, as light as aluminium, giving this remarkable timepiece a unique look with complete scratch resistance.
The new IWC Ingenieur serves as a tribute for the new Mercedes AMG GT sports car, which was assembled entirely in-house by Mercedes and sports a 4.0 litre V8 bi-turbo engine which allows it to reach 0-60mph in just under 3.7 seconds. In both their respective industries, they would become standard setters in both the performance and aesthetics departments.
Design wise, the Ingenieur draws inspiration from the Mercedes AMG GT, featuring a clean black dial with yellow accents (or better known as AMG’s exclusive colour – “solarbeam”). The five black zirconium oxide screws on the bezel provide greater symmetry and classiness on the 45mm case. Its rubber strap with yellow stitching is befittingly integrated with black Dinamica inlay – the same microfibre used by Mercedes to pad the interior upholstery of the new AMG GT sports car.
Powering this special launch is the IWC manufactured 80110-caliber, revealed through the transparent sapphire-glass back for watch collectors to admire its movement. The 80110-caliber comes with an integrated shock-absorption system, making it one of the most robust movements made by IWC. It beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with a decent power reserve of 44 hours.
The IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition “AMG GT” retails for approximately US$ 26,400 at selected IWC retailers, and is only limited to 25 pieces made. For more info, please visit iwc.com
Mechanical movement – Pellaton automatic winding with blackened rotor – Integrated shock-absorption system – See-through sapphire-glass back – Date display with crown-activated rapid advance – Central hacking seconds – Screw-in crown with crown protection – Limited to 25 watches worldwide
IWC-manufactured calibre 80110
Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve 44 h
Materials boron carbide case and crown protection, zirconium oxide screws and crown, black dial, hands and appliqués coated with Super-LumiNova®*, black rubber strap with Dinamica®* microfibre inlay and yellow quilted stitching, titanium pin buckle
Glass sapphire, flat, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant 12 bar
Diameter 45 mm
Case height 14.5 mm
James Phang – Contributing Writer
James Phang is a young watch enthusiast from Singapore and is self-professed fanatic of independent brands for their unique avant-garde designs. Some of his favourite brands include MB&F, Urwerk, Romain Jerome, Sarpaneva, Peter Speake Marin and Azimuth. His love for art extends out to all things handmade, and he has made it his personal mission to find the best handmade straps and buckles worldwide for his humble collection. Read his articles here.