Timepieces that celebrate specific partnerships are generally commercial successes only because they are made in very limited numbers, and are sold almost exclusively to the group they were made for, which generally includes neither people like me, who are hyper selective about what they buy due to budgetary restrictions, nor the general public, who still need to be convinced that mechanical Cheap IWC Replica are not useless gimmicks.
However, IWC’s Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is an example of the contrary. It’s a timepiece celebrating a partnership, yes; but it’s also a well-made watch with an interesting and understated design, with a brand new in-house automatic IWC Replica Watches chronograph movement that increases the company’s portfolio in the right direction – and which ought to impress value-minded watch lovers, as well as have appeal well beyond the world of motorsports enthusiasts.That’s right, in a move which Christian Knoop, the manufacture’s creative director, admits is “rather unusual,” IWC have decided to introduce their new chronograph movement, Calibre 69370, which was originally announced last March, in a limited edition paying tribute to one of the less well known automobile rallies. Calibre 69370 is also being introduced in two other limited editions, the “74th Member’s Meeting at Goodwood” and the “W 125”, which were announced, along with the Cheap IWC Rudolf Caracciola, last March as well.
IWC has no lack of high-profile partnerships, and could have easily turned to one of them to mark this important news. Instead, they chose the start of the Passione Caracciola, a vintage automobile rally featuring some of Europe’s finest vintage cars, to present the first commercially available renditions of Replica Watches is named for Rudolf Caracciola – a name probably familiar to many readers; Caracciola was considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of pre-World War II Grand Prix drivers. The holder of many speed records, Caracciola also won the European Driver’s Championship three times, racing for Mercedes Benz.
The new movement is IWC’s latest push toward independence, and is in direct response to Swatch’s decision to gradually phase out the supply of ETA movements. The Valjoux/ETA 7750 had been a mainstay of IWC’s chronograph production for many years, and was and is used, in various forms, in everything from the Portuguiser Chronograph to the ultra-complicated Il Destriero Scafusia (a tourbillon with perpetual calendar, rattrapante chronograph, and minute repeater, release as a limited edition in 1993). However, in recent years, Cheap IWC has been shifting more and more towards the use of in-house movements.
However, it houses a much larger and more contemporary movement which beats at 4Hz. The new “workhorse” features a bi-directional rotor – the Ingenieur was the first Cheap IWC Replica to offer the automatic winding system designed by Albert Pellaton – but it will be industrially rather than hand-decorated, in order to remain competitively priced.
Although the new watch looks quite large, due to its signature wide bezel, it measures 42 mm, which is rather small by IWC standards. Collectors and enthusiasts who’ve expressed concerns about the relatively large number of bigger watches in IWC Replica collections should be pleased to see more traditional sizing in this introduction, as well as the return of some of the original design cues of the very first Ingenieur watches.