Despite its deceiving name (and appearance) you will be happy to learn that IWC’s new Ingenieur Automatic “Plastiki” model is not in fact made of plastic. Rather this clean looking timepiece has been designed to commemorate the successful “Plastiki” expedition undertaken by British adventurer David de Rothschild and his crew in 2010 for which IWC was the official partner. And whilst it may look fairly innocuous IWC proudly states that this new limited edition model, like the man it pays homage too, is extremely robust and made for adventure.
Doing The Right Thing
IWC is no stranger to creating limited edition timepieces in support of worthy causes and have done more than their fair share to draw attention to a number of social and ecological issues facing the world today. The story behind this latest piece is not only an interesting on but also a very important one with far reaching implications for all of the world’s inhabitants.
So, what exactly was the “Plastiki” expedition then?
Well in brief, de Rothschild, seeking a bold means by which to draw global attention to the health of the world’s oceans, in particular the colossal amounts of plastic waste choking the waves, decided that he along with his crew would sail across the Pacific from San Francisco to Sydney. Perhaps not a sensational event in itself but it was their means of transport which really got people talking; weighing 12 tons and held afloat by a hull made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles their one-of-a-kind catamaran, the “Plastiki”, was fitted with solar cell panels, wind turbines, bicycle generators for electricity generation and a sail made of a recycled PET fabric.
Whilst the grueling four-month journey was successful the real battle started at its conclusion, as it is easy to get people to think about important issues whilst they are making headlines but not so easy when the spotlight moves on. And this, in part at least, is where the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki” comes in.
Limited to just 1,000 pieces the stainless-steel case, water-resistant to 12 bar, houses an automatic IWC-manufactured 80110 calibre. Like all pieces in the Ingenieur collection, the movement is fitted with a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields of up to 80,000 A / m and is also protected against impact by an integrated shock-absorption system. The engraved case-back commemorates the “Plastiki” expedition and depicts the catamaran and its sea route from San Francisco to Sydney.Providing a bit of contrast and tying in to the aquatic them, this clean looking timepiece is presented on a blue rubber strap.
The Final Word
Admittedly this piece is not dramatically different from any other in the Ingenieur line-up, however it does offer quite an attractive, if not subdued, color scheme and more importantly pays tribute to a worthy cause. Personally though I would have liked to have seen IWC get a bit more adventurous themselves with this piece and perhaps create a bezel or crown, or even a watch strap, from recycled plastic material. To me this would have made the watch feel a bit more authentic and really promoted the message of the man it is honoring. Nonetheless it is still a very solid and reliable offering from what is a very solid and reliable brand. So do something good for yourself and the world today and go out and buy one!
For more details please visit IWC’s official website: www.iwc.com