IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph series

IWC – Big Ingenieur Chronograph

When choosing watches, sometimes, bigger really is better, and this axiom is definitely true when it comes to the IWC Big Ingenieur wristwatch.

When I first saw the watch, I was immediately attracted to the size and scale of it. This slightly chunky, yet decidedly elegant timepiece was designed to be one of the “giants” in the luxury timepiece marketplace, and it definitely draws the eye for this reason alone.

It’s safe to say that this wristwatch really pleases the senses.

Do you hide or stand out?!

For me, this black and silver beauty provides the perfect blend of sporty style and decadent European refinement. Any man who’s looking for a bold, high-end wristwatch (that is still traditional enough to wear with almost anything) will appreciate everything that the Big Ingenieur has to offer. After all, this isn’t the sort of nondescript timepiece that gets “lost” on your wrist. Instead, it’s custom-made to stand out in a big way.

If standing out appeals to you (and it does to me), and you’re not afraid of a larger wristwatch’s significant visual impact, you may find this unique model as intriguing as I do. Designed to work with your own sense of personal style, this high-end wristwatch is the perfect complement to a sleek business suit or more casual togs.


From what I heard it appears that as soon as you strap on the Big Ingenieur Chronograph, it feels like you’re more powerful and more in control (this might only go for those who need it, who knows?!). Since this watch has features galore, it offers a sort of 007-esque vibe. There are lots of elements to play with, including a built-in stopwatch and tachymeter. And the timepiece is highly water-resistant so the watch itself will never disappoint in terms of performance.

What makes the Big Ingenieur Chronograph special?!

Under its polished, sapphire crystal watch face, this stunning design features dual sub-dials, thicker-than-average watch hands, a sweeping second hand, and sleek dashes, rather than basic numerals. Minimalist, yet clearly equipped with all of the bells and whistles, the watch is encased in a stainless steel setting that sets off its inky black color to absolute perfection.

Nothing is more modern than a monochrome watch face surrounded by shining, silver-plated stainless steel. This futuristic, streamlined color palette draws attention to the watch’s features and mechanisms. To add even more appeal to this design, the makers of this striking timepiece have covered the back of the watch face with the same high-quality sapphire crystal that covers the front of the device, so that watch owners may see the precision movements at work whenever they wish.

This type of feature is found in many of the best luxury timepieces, and it’s plenty of fun, as it offers Big Ingenieur owners a glimpse of the intricate inner workings of their exclusive wristwatches.

Features and calibre of the IWC Big Ingenieur

iwc-calibre-89361Equipped with a stopwatch hand and IWC chronograph, the IMG Big Ingenieur also comes with a tachymeter scale.

The stopwatch may be restarted via an easy-to-use reset button. Crafted from silver-plated stainless steel, plain stainless steel, and sapphire crystal, this timepiece also features a refined black alligator strap.

Double-pawl winding and an ultra-efficient 89361 calibre offer superlative performance, while the rugged construction of the entire watch guarantees excellent durability and longevity. The durable calibre 89361 is safely stored behind saphire glass on the back and this obviously gives you the opportunity to watch the calibre working when you want to.

Technical specifications:

Case: Stainless steel
Bracelet/Strap: Black alligator leather strap
Dial colour: black
Jewels: 38
Movement: Self-winding mechanical chronograph
Power reserve: 68-hour when fully wound
Functions: Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds, hour and minute counters combined in a single totalizer at 12 o’clock, flyback function, date display with crown-activated rapid advance, small hacking seconds
Crown: Screw-in
Glass: Sapphire glass, flat, antireflective coating on both sides, see-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 120mtrs/12 bar
Case: 45.5 mm x 14.5 mm