Pilots’ watches may have been the focus for IWC this year, but that does mean that the other collection families have been ignored. Today we are talking about the Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month in titanium
This model was originally released in 2017 in a rather dressy 18 carat 5N gold version with a white dial. Now, newly in a 45mm (17.4mm thick) titanium case with a slate grey dial, it has become both lighter and more sporty.
The two watches are otherwise the same, featuring a perpetual calendar with large double digital displays for date, month, and leap year (at six o’clock), and a flyback chronograph with the hour and minute counters combined in a totaliser at 12 o’clock.
All of this is powered by IWC’s automatic Calibre 89801 Calibre, which beats at 28,800VPH and has 65 hours of power reserve. The movement is the same as in the previous model and has the same precious metal touch of an 18 carat 5N gold rotor, as well as Côtes de Genève and perlage.
If the dial on this Ingenieur looks vaguely familiar, it might because you recollect the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month, which also used a member of the Calibre 89800 movement family.
I mentioned at the beginning that this model was launched in 2017. That was also the year during which IWC presented the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition ’50 Years Aquatimer’.
Coming on a black calf strap and available exclusively via IWC boutiques and in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the price of 41,500 EUR for the Ref. IW381802 is the same as it was for the gold model at its launch.
There have been a number of perpetual calendars released this year. You can click on this link to read about some of them.