New range of IWC Pilot’s Watches will make its debut at SIHH 2019 which takes place in Geneva from 14th to 17th January 2019. However some of the cool stuff is already revealed, including the new split-chronograph, a piece with trademark Ceratanium case and a flagship constant-force tourbillon dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
IWC has chosen the Goodwood estate in southern England as the venue for unveiling the first new products in the run-up to the exhibition. The history of this aerodrome is closely linked to the Spitfire – a fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force during and after World War II.
A potential highlight of the collection is the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition ‘The Longest Flight’ (ref. IW395501) specially developed for pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones to coincide with their flight around the world in a Spitfire. It combines the patented Timezoner mechanism with the color scheme reminiscent of the Spitfire cockpit.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387902) is first Pilot’s Chronograph with a movement from the 69000 calibre family and a reduced case diameter of just 41 mm. The case of the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium (ref. IW371815) is fully made of a trademark alloy Ceratanium – a lightweight and extremely durable mix of ceramics and titanium. The watch also features a split-seconds chronograph function.
Following the long lasting collaboration with the family of French aviator and author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry IWC presents the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ (ref. IW590303). It is available with a hard gold case and is limited to 10 watches. A close relative to recent Portugieser Constant Force Tourbillon Edition 150 years, this two-barrel monster combines a constant-force tourbillon with a moon phase, a date, and power reserve.