Taking inspiration from their archives seems to be a formula that has been working excellently for IWC lately. It certainly did with the Pilot’s collection of 2016 and it’s safe to say that the Da Vinci collection of 2017 is off to its own commercial success. And now, on the cusp of the second quarter of 2017, IWC has already introduced their second collection for the year, banked on the same winning formula.
The number 666, is the number of a different kind of beast here, namely the original 1955 Ingenieur, which was a timepiece with a clear utilitarian outlook given the simplicity of its design and the information that it presented — hours, minutes, seconds and a small date window at 3 o’clock — that’s all there was to it.
It is based on this original ancestor of the IWC Ingenieur that this year’s Ingenieur collection starts off. Named the Ingenieur Automatic the watch is presented in three references fitted with the caliber 35111. The three variations are essentially dial color and case material options presented in a 40mm form factor (two in steel and one in red gold).