During Baselworld 2018 while most haute horlogerie brands were on their way the major horology industry fair, IWC Schaffhausen hosted a major launch party of their own. As the “76th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” in West Sussex, England, kicked-off their historic motor-racing season. IWC used this occasion to debut their new “IWC Racing Team” and the limited edition timepiece it inspired.
It was during World War that the historic “Goodwood Circuit” started construction with the first race taking place there on the 18th of September 1948. Since then the “Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” has been a historic venue for both two and four-wheeled motorsport events. The 3.8 kilometer circuit is located near Chichester, West Sussex, close to the south coast of England, on the estate of “Goodwood House”, completing encircling the Chichester/Goodwell Airport.
This partnership between IWC and the “Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” plus the involvement of the “IWC Racing Team”, has officially made IWC the first watch brand competing in classic car racing with its own team and car. To further consolidate the affair IWC chosen the “Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ’Gullwing’” sports car with its iconic doors reminiscent of seagull wings. This option is linked to the fact that these vehicles were produced during the same years as the first IWC Ingenieur models, which were between 1954 and 1957. You can consult a complete itinerary of activities and obtain further information at the official “Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” website here.
The 44.3mm case is made of titanium with an integrated bezel both with a polished finish. The unique and slightly perforated screw-on case back is inspired by a standard automobiles brake disk, while featuring an imprint that reads “76”, commemorating this year’s 76th edition of the “Goodwood Member’s Meeting”.
It is an exhibition case back covered by a sapphire crystal although the movement isn’t very visible due to the adorning “brake disk”; while the solid rim of the case back features engravings that read: “IWC”, “EDITION 76th MEMEBERS MEETING AT GOODWOOD”, “12 BAR” and unique limited edition for each piece “xxx”176”.
Also Comes equipped with two push-pieces to operate the chronograph functions with a screw-in crown in-between. It also has a soft-inner cage that protects the movement from magnetic fields. Topped by a sapphire crystal that assists with water-resistance on this watch reaching up to 120 meters (393 feet).
Time is exhibited on a white dial with black sub-dial with large Arabic numerals to express minutes, instead of hours. While a ring of smaller black printed minute index markers include white dotted markers for every 5-minute increment, which can also be read as the hour index markers. Further out on the flange of dial is a black printed tachymeter scale circling around the cases frame.
Then there are three black sub-dial which give this watch the charismatic “panda-dial” look, which consist of a: sub-seconds at the 6 o’clock position; a 12-hour counter at the 9 o’clock position. Its black central hands and the blue chronograph hands have all been coated with luminescence, for an enhanced legibility. There are also two apertures for the day and date located at the 3 o’clock position.
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition ‘76th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood
This “IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “76th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood” (Ref#: IW3812-01) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 69370 (or 69380?) with 36 jewels and 28,800 Vph. This is the first time IWC has used a 69000 caliber family movement in an “Ingenieur Chronograph Sport” model. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 46 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is an IWC black calfskin strap with exposed black stitching and light-blue seams, while secured to the wrist by a titanium deployment buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 176 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official IWC website here.
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