IWC Grande Ingénieur Zinedine Zidane

Par Florian Matrion, le 14 juillet 2010
Grande Ingénieur Zinedine Zidane
Grande Ingénieur Zinedine Zidane
Diaporama
Following the French team's performances in South Africa, the nostalgia of a team captained by Zidane gained on us... IWC had even dedicated a model to him...Review of this V.2 of this Big Ingenieur.
Exclusive! review of the Grande Ingénieur Zinedine Zidane. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
70/100
Note des internautes
73/100

What is the common point between a watch designed to face the magnetic fields of an R&D laboratory and the football ?
On the face of it nothing, if it is not this new declination of the IWC Big Ingenieur Zinedine Zidane...
Let's see if it is the watch of a world champion or a honor division's substitute.

 

An Ingenieur under Creatine

The Big Ingenieur is an evolution of the IWC flagship model, the Ingenieur.
Designed in the 1970's as a sober and technical watch, rather typical of “mathematician” than “good at gym”, it has gained on muscle, switching from a 42,5 mm diameter to a 45,5 mm one.

The design of the casing keeps the original model's spirit, particularly at the level of the bezel and the strap's fixing.
The crown protection appeared on this version, without being too much imposing, brings a touch of modernity.

The polished/brushed finishing is excellent. And the contained thickness allows wearing it on every circumstance.

 

A field-proof movement

The Big Ingenieur is equipped with the famous IWC 5000 caliber, flagship model of the manufacture.
With a generous diameter (38,2mm), it characterizes itself with its 7-day power reserve and its unfailing reliability.
A little tough tackle ? A head butt that comes out of the blue ? No worries, the Big Ingenieur will resist !

A major dilemma remained for IWC : either locking this beautiful movement inside of a smooth steel cage to preserve the anti-magnetic properties peculiar to the “Ingenieur” family, or exhibit it to the view of crazy fans through a sapphire back.
It is the second option that has been retained : it would have been a pity not being able to read the beautiful engraving “Zinedine Zidane” of the oscillating weight.
And too bad for the magnetic fields, there are not in stadiums. Even if the atmosphere is sometimes electrical...

 

IWC choosed to exhibit the movement to the view of crazy fans through a sapphire back : it would have been a pity not being able to read the beautiful engraving “Zinedine Zidane” of the oscillating weight.For Zizou's fans

Praised the god of the soccer ball, IWC avoids putting, on the contrary to the first edition of this tribute watch, the garish blue of “équipe de France” and the portrait of the national hero engraved on the bottom... Phew !

The first particularity of this new version is a brown dial and strap : why this choice?

No particular reasons are blindingly obvious... Maybe just because ZZ likes the brown color... or chocolate... that's a mystery...

Come then the red numbers, the 10 for the hour's marker, and the 27 and 45 for the minute's markers. Three “mythic” numbers that should talk to the amateurs !
Besides the engraving on the oscillating weight, the hints fortunately remain really discreet.

 

Conclusion

The Big Ingenieur is undeniably a technically successful watch.
The price is high but it is a true concentration of upscale watch making.

Concerning the relevance of this ZZ serial, the question remains...
Thought at first degree, it can surprise.
But with a little hindsight, it remains a watch with a rather successful aestheticism.
And after all, being able to put 10.000 € into an item dedicated to a little has been football item (98 it goes a little back), isn't it the height of the luxury ?

 

The + :

  • excellent movement
  • casing finishing
  • comfort

 

The – :

  • a high price
  • dedicated to the fans

 

Further information :

  • journalist's wrist = 17 cm
  • brand website : IWC
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Capacité de la réserve de marche
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L'avis de la rédaction 70/100

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Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
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Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
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Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 73/100

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