IWC INGENIEUR LAUREUS
Renowned jewelry and watch designer, Gerald Genta designed the legendary Ingenieur for IWC Schaffhausen back in the early 1970’s (namely; the IWC Ingenieur SL 1832, launched in 1976). This distinctly modernist design and technical approach was to revolutionize watch design forever! One of the highlights of the Ingenieurs design are the five visible bores on the stainless steel bezel. The story goes that one day, Genta was walking along the shores of Lake Geneva when he spotted a diver, whose helmet was secured to his diving suit with screws. This tiny detail inspired him to not hide the functional bores on the bezel, but instead leave them in plain sight for all to see. The five visible bores are engaged with a special tool during manufacture to bring the stainless steel bezel into position so it could be screwed down on the center-case.
With todays technologies like smartphones, tablets and desktops being everywhere, a watch with a protection against magnetic fields is a nice plus! And magnetic fields is exactly why the Ingenieur was designed back in the days! As you might know, magnetic fields affect the accuracy of wristwatches. Engineers in particular, often worked in areas subject to magnetic fields. Through R&D IWC had perfected protection against magnetic fields with the help of a soft-iron inner case including a soft-iron dial to the point that making a new watch line especially for this profession seemed like a good idea. The lightning bolt (part of the lngenieurs logo which can be seen just above the six o clock position on the dial) is a physical symbol for electricity. A symbol that is directly linked to the watch its first main target group: the Engineer!
The IWC Ingenieur, Laureus limited Edition your looking at right now, is a watch out of only 1500 manufactured! All limited IWC Laureus models are easily recognizable by that gorgeous and exclusieve blue dial! This Ingenieur was bought in December of 2016 and is probably one of the most full set Ingenieurs on the market today – it’s accompanied by its original Laureus boxes, numbered inner box, warranty card, IWC & Laureus booklets, leather IWC Travel Case, spare links, Pusher to remove the links from the bracelet, Laureus book, IWC official AD workbook, Ingenieur magazine and official invite from IWC to the Ingenieurs Experience Day which the former owner attended.
The watch and its movement have been completely checked and tested by our watchmakers – It’s running strong and extremely accurate and the watch will be sold with a twelve month warranty.
limited edition: no. XXX of 1500 with stunning blue dial
year of production: 2016
case diameter: 40mm
movement: automatic with date
box and papers: Yes, extreme full set!