Even though Fabian Cancellara had been a friend of IWC for a decade, it is only since “Spartacus” retired that IWC were able to organise their first event with the double Olympic and quadruple world time trial champion. Fittingly, the “Spartacus Ride” was organised in his home town of Berne and allowed a select group of cycling enthusiasts, who had qualified at events organised by the Holmes Place gyms in Zurich and Geneva, to join Cancellara on his favourite training route along the Emme valley. Your editor-in-chief was lucky enough to join them for the ride, fortunately assisted by the powerful electric motor of a Trek Supercommuter+ 8S, which, when switched to “sport” mode, allowed him to power past the peloton on the final climb, not without a tinge of guilt.
The occasion was to launch the new Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Cancellara” which has been designed by the cycling star. Here, too, the stars had to align before such a project became possible. As Christian Knoop, head of IWC’s Creative Center, explained to WorldTempus, “we rarely do special editions related to personalities, but after so many years working with Fabian and seeing all his achievements we thought that now was the time. The new Ingenieur collection was perfect for this because we could add more sporty qualities to the watch but at the same time keep a certain elegance from the core collection that fits well with Fabian. We did something similar with the AMG edition watch we launched recently.”
The new chronograph is also an opportunity to show the potential of the revised Ingenieur collection. The “Cancellara” edition introduces a different design, using a smaller (42mm) case in brushed titanium with the in-house IWC calibre 69370 self-winding chronograph movement. Its most distinctive elements are the contrasting black chronograph counters against the silver dial with sunray finish and a transparent sapphire crystal caseback revealing a winding rotor in the design of the wheel of a time trial bike. “We knew that Fabian would go for some sporty features and the new Ingenieur in itself is pretty elegant,” explains Christian Knoop, “so we have been able to enhance the collection to introduce the sporty element. This watch is clearly different from the standard collection and adds a different character to it.”
IWC has also staunchly refused to be drawn into the trap of creating limited editions that are anything but. Taking inspiration from Fabian Cancellara’s lucky number 7, only 77 of the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Cancellara” will be produced. The majority of these will remain in Switzerland, with just 7 pieces being allocated to Belgium and Luxembourg, 7 to the UAE and 7 to the US.
This article is literally the 5th or 6th time I’ve written concerning the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid, so for everyday readers, my apologies for repeating myself. With these sexy images of the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Steel Translucent I could not help but dive into the watch. Along with the advantage of the especially colored sapphire crystal caseback with this model, I think that the exact same approach can (and should) be used on additional skeletonized dial and motion watches. It really becomes a real problem to inhibit the beauty of a fully skeletonized design together with the reality that when people wear these watches they don’t really want to stare at their very own skin throughout the dial.Inside that the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid is your brand’s in-house-made caliber A&S1615 manually wound mechanical movement that I continue to love. It is not only that the motion is intended to look cool – though it’s – but rather the movement has some interesting mechanical features to boot. As an example, the dual power reserve indicators are part of a system that uses 2 mainspring barrels to get a quasi-constant induce mechanism. The notion is that a main mainspring barrel is used until it mostly melts. At the point, the energy coming from it’s too unreliable to power the gear train for precise timekeeping.