IWC breathes fresh life into the legend of the historic Mercedes-Benz racing car with the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil. An old faded photo taken way back in Bern in 1936 at a motor race records a priceless moment in history, where Albert Pellaton, future Technical Director of IWC Schaffhausen is seen walking along the Mercedes-Benz pit and a line of W25 Silver Arrow racing cars. Also seen in the picture are Mercedes’ team mechanics and their well-known racing-team manager, Alfred Neubauer. The picture represents an encounter between men with a passion for engineering in their respective fields; this hold true to this day and the two disciplines are united by the constant pursuit of precision technology, higher efficiency and performance.
Albert Pellaton eventually went on to design a pawl winding mechanism for IWC that was then named after him, and this 85-calibre movement featured the world’s first bidirectionally wound automatic movement. Pellaton’s invention gave IWC a technological edge over its competition in the 1950s and today it plays an important role in the Ingenieur watch family.
In 2013 IWC Schaffhausen decided to club the two illustrious names- Ingenieur and Silberpfeil in its new Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil. The striking feature about the chronograph in its stainless-steel case is the design. One of the most prominent features is the circular-grained dial in silver or brown. These circular graining or ‘perlage’, a cloud like pattern of small overlapping circles is a tribute to the legendary Mercedes-Benz W25, whose instruments were mounted on a dashboard with a circular-grained surround. The red elements on the silver-plated or brown dial borrow from the design of the tachometer and revolution counter. The date display is integrated into the lower counter, thus maintaining the perfect symmetry of the dial.
The efficient IWC manufactured 89361 calibre is one of the best that fine watchmaking has to offer. The new improved Pellaton winding system builds up a 68 hour power reserve almost instantly and the double-pawl winding system is 30 percent more efficient than the one designed by Albert Pellaton.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil has a strap with a brown leather inlay. This too takes us back to the world of motor-racing in the yesteryears when sturdy leather straps were present on the drivers’ overalls and in the cockpit and on the car’s bonnet. The high quality strap is made of the finest calfskin which is bonded with hardwearing rubber on the inner surface. Another option is the stainless-steel bracelet with a fine-adjustment clasp. An elaborate engraving of a historic Silver Arrow racing car can be found on the case back.
Since 1868 Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value and with a clear focus on technology and development. IWC creations that combine precision and exclusive designs have made them one of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment.