LibTorch Release version loads traced model only in Debug configuration


I want to use a model in a C++ application.
For this I downloaded LibTorch for CPU (2.2.2+cpu) in the Release version.
My CMakeLists.txt is:

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.27)


set(Torch_DIR "C:/Users/hofma/Downloads/libtorch-win-shared-with-deps-2.2.2+cpu/libtorch/share/cmake/Torch")
find_package(Torch REQUIRED)

add_executable(TorchTest main.cpp)

target_link_libraries(TorchTest PRIVATE ${TORCH_LIBRARIES})

I exported the resnet18 model in python

import torch
import torchvision

model = torchvision.models.resnet18()

example = torch.rand(1, 3, 224, 224)

traced_script_module = torch.jit.trace(model, example)"")

print(torch.__version__) yields 2.2.2+cpu

my C++ MWE is

#include <iostream>
#include "torch/script.h"

int main() {

        torch::jit::script::Module module = torch::jit::load("");
    catch(const c10::Error& e)
        std::cerr << "error loading the model\n";
    return 0;

I use MSVC 17 to compile and this is my build command

C:\Users\hofma\AppData\Local\Programs\CLion\bin\cmake\win\x64\bin\cmake.exe -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_MAKE_PROGRAM=C:/Users/hofma/AppData/Local/Programs/CLion/bin/ninja/win/x64/ninja.exe -G Ninja -S C:\Users\hofma\Documents\CodeTest\TorchTest -B C:\Users\hofma\Documents\CodeTest\TorchTest\cmake-build-release

unfortunately the model is only load when I use the Debug configuration.
Am I missing something to load the model in Release config.

Thanks for helping