As we’ve previously mentioned, IWC has designated 2013 as the year of the Ingeneieur. This means that the brand will be completely refreshing the look and feel of the collection and introducing a range of new models, including this particularly stealthy looking AMG Black Series Ceramic.
The Black Series
The Black Series stands out from its more conservative peers in this year’s line-up thanks to its sleek styling and aggressively oversized 46mm ceramic case (the standard Ingeneieur for 2013 is a far more modest 40mm). Much like its namesake – Mercedes AMG’s hyper-performance car concept, where they take existing models and give them extreme makeovers – the Black Series is designed for those who want to take things to the ultimate next level.
Not surprisingly than the overall effect is exceptionally cool. The trademark high quality finishing synonymous with IWC is evident throughout the watch and the attention to detail is superb. Powered by the in-house automatic mechanical 80110 calibre, the movement, complete with matching black rotor, can be admired in detail through the sapphire exhibition caseback.
Official pricing will be announced later this year but if the car version of the AMG Black Series is anything to go by, expect it to be significantly more expensive than its less extreme siblings. That being said, despite – or perhaps thanks to – its oversized case and bold looks, I would suggest that regardless of price this particular model is going to be in hot demand this year.
The Final Word
IWC has long had an association with Mercedes AMG and so the Ingeneieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic comes as no surprise. In fact it is just one of several models in the new 2013 line-up that celebrates IWC’s recently announced status as the Official Engineering Partner of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. In addition to this model the brand will also introduce four references of the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer, each more desirable than the last (depending on which order you view them in of course!)