Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon
With the launch of IWC’s Ingenieur installation in Selfridges Concept Space this week, we asked Selfridges Assistant Manager and IWC expert Christine Borg-Mirza to talk us through one of the key pieces within the exhibition, the new Ingeniur Constant-Force Tourbillon…
There is no stopping IWC when it comes to creating true complicated timepieces and the new Ingenieuer Constant-Force Tourbillon 94800 calibre illustrates this fact. It is great to see that IWC kept the original Gerald Genta design, which has been the distinctive blueprint of the Ingenieuer collection and wonderful that they have been immensely innovative by combining platinum and ceramic – this is a rarity in itself.
The patented mechanical hand-wound constant-force mechanism is integrated in a tourbillon and ensures that the amplitude of the balance is constant, which guarantees an extremely precise rate over 48 hours. This stunning movement features on the dial seen through the window display and has two barrels, which provide the energy for the higher torque required to drive the constant-force tourbillon.
The perpetual double moon phase is featured on the dial, with a countdown display showcasing the phases until the next full moon, alongside a 96-hour power reserve indicator positioned by ‘4’ and ‘5’ o’clock. The 46mm case is made from precious platinum and the strong ceramic work sits in perfect harmony, adding a unique touch to the style of this charismatic watch and complementing the black dial beautifully. Considering this highly complicated watch is packed with lots of intricacies, the case height is barely 14mm and as with all the Ingenieuer watches this timepiece is also water resistant to 12 bar.
We at The Watch Gallery are very excited to receive this unique timepiece exclusive to Selfridges and are looking forward to demonstrating this work of art to all our watch connoisseurs.