You probably won’t find many uses in daily life for a double chronograph unless you’re working with competitive horses or running laps and want to find out timings of intervals within the duration. And yet, though not a practical complication, watch companies implement mechanisms to highlight skill and expertise in this engineering feat.
Likewise you probably aren’t going to come into contact with magnetic fields in the 80,000 Ampere/metres range either. And that’s why IWC left off the soft iron cage in the new IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium. Well that and to shave off some weight for comfort reasons from this meaty model to a more reasonable 130 grams.
With this entry into the tough-as-nails Ingenieur line, which also includes the Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth Edition “Plastiki” made in honor of David de Rothschild’s expedition. IWC for the first time includes a double split in this lineup. In addition to the snazzy complication, the watch also sports a satin finish of the titanium case with a silky-matt gleaming surface—a first for this metal and we know how much the watch industry thrives on announcing firsts.
In 1980, IWC was the first (here we go again) to use titanium in its titanium chronograph; therefore, it has a lot of experience working with this material that is a great alternative to stainless steel for its lightness (43% lighter than stainless), indestructability, anti-allergenic properties, total corrosion resistance and low thermal and electric conductivity. The metal also shows off an attractive grey tone.
A redesign of the dial, now in blue, improves visibility, while the subdials are recessed and the luminescent material in the interstices of the rhodium-plated hands appear in black. IWC made this design decision for the hands so that the lume only becomes apparent after dark when it’s needed.
In a 45mm case, the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium uses the reliable 79230 caliber to juice up its motor. A nice addition to a burly pillar in IWC’s collection.