IWC Schaffhausen has launched new models in the Pilot’s Watch collection, namely the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry”, Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage and Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage is available with a case in either titanium or bronze and takes its inspiration from the historic Big Pilot’s Watch (Calibre 52 T.S.C.).
The compact Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage in a retro design with a black dial, numerals printed in beige, and blue hands coated with luminescent material.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” is limited to 250 pieces: in 18-ct red gold with a brown dial and gold-plated hands (Ref. IW502706). The tobacco brown dial and the brown calfskin strap with decorative white stitching are reminiscent of the pilot suits from the era of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A special feature of this watch is the rotor in solid 18-ct red gold in the form of a Lightning P-38: it was in this particular model of aircraft that Saint-Exupéry took off on a reconnaissance flight across the Mediterranean from which he never returned.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage is available in two different models: in titanium with a black dial and blue hands coated with a luminescent material (IW501004) and in bronze with a black dial and blue hands coated with a luminescent material (Ref. IW501005).
The edition in bronze is limited to 1,500 pieces. Both watches are driven by the IWC-manufactured calibre 52110 with a Pellaton winding system and a 7-day power reserve. A power reserve display at “3 o’clock” indicates the charging level at all times.
With the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage, IWC has recreated the iconic Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII in a titanium case for the first time: in titanium with a black dial and blue hands coated with a luminescent material (Ref. IW327006).
All three watches are worn with a brown calfskin strap and are fitted with the tried and tested Pilot’s Watch technology from IWC: a soft-iron inner case keeps the movements safe from magnetic fields and the sapphire glass on all models is specially designed to be protected against sudden drops in pressure in the cockpit.