Iwc And The Legendary Racing Engineer

Exquisite craftsmanship and handed down design have made the Schaffhausen IWC watch world-renowned for its 145 years of top watch manufacturers. IWC launches the 2013 Engineers watch at full speed and draws inspiration from the long history of motorsport
IWC’s relationship with legendary racing engineers
 Exquisite craftsmanship and handed down designs have made Schaffhausen IWC’s 145-year-old top watch manufacturer’s prestigious reputation worldwide. IWC not only joined hands with high-tech modern motorsports to launch the 2013 engineer series watches at full speed, but also inspired from the long history of motorsports, and designed a special gift-the engineer’s chronograph silver arrow special Version. In the 1930s and 1954/1955, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow racing car once stood out in the international competition and took the lead. Now the birth of this new watch is a tribute to this legendary car.
 An old black-and-white photo taken in Bern, Switzerland, in 1936 records an unforgettable moment. Mr. Albert Pellaton, who later served as the technical director of IWC Schaffhausen, was passing by Mercedes at the time. A row of W25 Silver Arrow cars at the Mercedes-Benz pits. On the background, the legendary figures of the Mercedes team’s mechanics and Mercedes race director Alfred Neubauer are also striking. In this short moment, passionate engineers met each other, and they each made outstanding contributions to the professional fields of watchmaking and motorsport, writing a new chapter in the history of science and technology. Today, the enthusiasm for precision technology and the pursuit of maximum efficiency still closely link these two professional fields. IWC Schaffhausen’s latest engineer-operated chronograph silver arrow special edition reinterprets the historic Mercedes-Benz racing legend. The designers took inspiration from the legendary W25 racing car, not only giving this chronograph a remarkable design, but also installing a powerful homemade movement.
Silver Arrow Racing Legend
 In the 1930s and 1954/1955, the Mercedes-Benz team dominated international motorsports with the Silver Arrow racing. This legend is so exciting that it can be called an immortal chapter in the history of racing and technology. In the 1930s, subtle and outstanding designs emerged in the automotive industry, and car racing also revolutionized. In 1932, the international racing authority AIACR introduced a limit of 750 kilograms (excluding the weight of fuel, related fuels, heat sinks and tires). The new weight rule was enforced in the 1934 race.
 On June 3, 1934, the ‘Silver Arrow’ legend was born on the last night before the game. At that time, despite the lightweight design of the car, the weight of the body was still more than 1 kg over the prescribed 750 kg. Seeing that the time of the race was close, it was no longer possible to perform technical commissioning again. Team manager Alfred Neubauer made a surprisingly bold decision, asking the mechanic to polish the white paint on the body overnight, revealing a typical aluminum alloy body with silver light, This is said to be the idea of ​​rider von Brauchic. This bold move not only achieved the desired goal of weight loss, but also created the charming silver appearance of the Mercedes car, changing the previously unchanged white paint. In this race, Manfred von Brauchitsch drove the 354-horsepower ‘Speeding Arrow’ at a speed of about 300 kilometers per hour at the Nurburgring in the Eifel region of Germany. The first place crossed the finish line. The W25 and its successor got the name ‘Silver Arrow’, which opened a long history of ‘Silver Arrow’.
 Exquisite craftsmanship and handed down designs have made Schaffhausen IWC’s 145-year-old top watch manufacturer’s prestigious reputation worldwide. IWC launches the 2013 Engineers watch at full speed and draws inspiration from the long history of motorsport
Classic 50s, an innovative timepiece for engineers
 In the glorious 1950s of the ‘Silver Arrow’ racing legend, IWC also achieved a great achievement in the history of the brand. Albert Billerton designed the Bellerton pawl winding system named after him. For the first time, the 85-type movement using a two-way winding automatic movement is different from the single-winding mechanism of a conventional movement. It uses the two-way swing of the oscillating weight to greatly improve efficiency. The invention of Billerton made IWC a great step ahead of its peers in technology in the 1950s, and has continued to improve since then, becoming an important part of the engineer’s watch family.
 At that time, more and more appliances entered ordinary homes, generating electromagnetic radiation fields that affected the accuracy of the watch’s travel time, and engineers worked more often than ordinary people under electromagnetic radiation. During this period, IWC used a soft iron inner case and a soft iron dial to protect the movement from magnetic field effects. It was then created by IWC Treasurer Iñas Grieshabe I and technical director Albert Pellaton, and launched a series dedicated to the profession of engineers, named after the ‘engineer’ . The first-generation engineer’s watch was a simple men’s watch. In order to meet the work and life needs of target customers, this watch kept a bit of low-key simplicity, showing a simple and attractive appeal. The first-generation engineer’s watch, model 666, was called a ‘horrible’ watch at the time, of course, not only because ‘666’ is reminiscent of Satan, but also because of its insightful insight into its leading technology praise. Since then, the original engineer’s watch has hardly changed its look for more than 12 years.
 The first engineer’s watch, introduced in 1955, was a huge leap in watchmaking in every way. The goal of the R & D staff is to create a watch that is perfectly protected, highly accurate and that can be wound automatically with the movement of the wearer’s arm. Although IWC has achieved a leap from manual winding to automatic winding movements as early as 4 years ago, it was through this engineer’s watch that it was the first Swiss watchmaker to create the first two-way watch. The chain automatic movement thus established its leading position. Its winding system (calibres 852 and 8521) came from the then technical director Albert Billerton. The Pellerton winding system converts the oscillating weight movement into an oscillating movement through an eccentric cam and a rocking column with double detents, instead of turning it into a rotational movement. This efficient transmission is also used in several models of the current series. This movement significantly improves the IWC automatic movement and provides reliable power for the watch of model 666. Engineer watches are available in models 666 A without date window (with 852 movement) and 666 AD models with date window (with 8521 movement) to choose from, depending on the movement. The watch’s case consists of a three-part lock and is of exceptional quality. All models are water-resistant to 100 meters and equipped with a soft iron inner case, which can withstand electromagnetic fields of 80,000 amps per meter. This also laid a solid foundation for the subsequent development of the family of engineers.
Heroes cherish heroes, the encounter of two technical classics
 In 2013, IWC combined the prestigious ‘Engineer’ and ‘Silver Arrow’ into one, and launched a new special edition of the engineer’s chronograph silver arrow. This stainless steel chronograph watch looks outstanding at first glance in the engineer series. Of particular interest is the silver (model IW378505) or brown (model IW378511) dial with beading. The cloud-like decoration made by bead grinding is generally used to embellish the back and bridge boards, and here is a tribute to the legendary Mercedes-Benz W25 (Silver Arrow) racing car. Assembled in a dashboard with beaded trim. The round, milled finish gives the Engineer’s Chronograph Silver Arrow Special Edition a high-quality and technically appealing look that immerses viewers in the charming light and shadow. The silver-plated and red elements on the brown dial are taken from the shape of the tachometer and tachometer. The date display is built into the accumulator below, keeping the dial perfectly symmetrical.
 The highly-powered IWC-manufactured 89361 movement is one of the best works of today’s fine watches. The recorded hours and minutes can be easily read on the small dial just like the dial time. The middle second hand measures time within one minute. With this function, the speed can also be measured with a reference distance of 1000 meters on the speed scale. It’s also very easy for the staff on the track to use the flyback function to measure the pit stop time during the race. Just press the zero reset button and the chronograph hands will reset to zero and a new time will begin. This saves the three complicated steps of termination, zeroing and starting. The further improved Pellerton winding system can accumulate a power reserve of up to 68 hours in a short time. Its dual-pawl automatic winding mechanism is 30% more efficient than Albert Billerton’s design—a progress that is bound to praise the talented inventor’s jaw. In addition, the travel time rate is neither affected by timing interference nor by the flyback function. The Engineer’s Chronograph Silver Arrow Special Edition comes with a brown calfskin-lined strap-inspired by motorsports from the 1930s. At that time, the driver’s racing uniforms were generally fastened with strong leather belts, and leather belts were also found in the cockpit and hood of the car. Unlike the time, the high-quality strap of this chronograph was made of the finest calfskin, and the lower layer of the strap was combined with durable rubber. This combination perfectly combines the classic fine leather look with the comfortable feel and durability of rubber. This watch is also available with a stainless steel bracelet with fine-tuning. The bottom of the table is engraved with a fine antique silver arrow racing pattern.