Since 1955, the striking design of the Ingenieur has combined rugged sportiness with an undeniably technical appeal, and continues to do so to this day. In 2023, IWC introduced the new Ingenieur Automatic 40, which revisits the bold design of Gérald Genta’s iconic Ingenieur SL from the 1970s.

This model is basically a combination of the more modern integrated-bracelet design timepiece and the original one from 1976. It seems like a well-thought-out design. For instance, the classic five-notch bezel is back but with a bit of a twist. The bezel of this timepiece comes with five functioning bolts, maintaining its beauty while guaranteeing symmetry, while the old one features a screw-down bezel.


For the Ingenieur SL, a bezel with five recesses was screwed onto the case ring. As a result, the recesses ended up in a different position on each watch. With the Ingenieur Automatic 40, five screws secure the bezel to the case. 

The screws now have a technical function and, as a result, are always in the same position. In addition, the dial features a distinctive “Grid” structure, creating a balance with the technical and very sculptural case design.

The overall dimensions of the case have been carefully reworked and improved down to the smallest detail. The lug-to-lug distance of 45.7 millimeters ensures perfect ergonomics and excellent wearability, even on a slender wrist. While the Ingenieur SL from the 1970s had nose-shaped horns, the new Ingenieur Automatic 40 features a newly engineered middle-link attachment.


In addition, the dial features a distinctive “Grid” structure, creating a balance with the technical and very sculptural case design. It consists of small lines offset by 90 degrees from each other and is stamped into the soft iron blank before it is galvanized. Finally, appliques with luminescence add additional depth and ensure easy legibility, even at night.

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    This timepiece is powered by the IWC-manufactured 32111 calibre with an automatic pawl winding system and a power reserve of 120 hours. In keeping with the tradition of the Ingenieur, a soft-iron inner case efficiently protects the movement from the effects of magnetic fields on its accuracy. Moreover, the case is water-resistant to 10 bar, making the Ingenieur Automatic 40 a modern and fully versatile sports watch.


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    This timepiece is now available at IWC Plaza Senayan and The Time Place boutique or discover any other IWC Schaffhausen online via our website.