Pilot’s Watches

Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry

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An engraving of his last aircraft, the Lightning P-38, embellishes the case back. For connoisseurs, the tobacco-coloured dial and calfskin strap with its cream-coloured quilted stitching immediately identify the chronograph as a typical “Saint Ex”.

Highlights

  • Limited edition of 500 watches in 18-carat red gold
  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • 68-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Diameter 43 mm

Price: $14,100 — $34,500

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A TRIBUTE TO A PILOT, POET AND PIONEER

Since 2006, IWC has launched special editions of its Pilot’s Watches in memory of the legendary pilot, writer and adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. In 2012, the year of the Pilot’s Watches, the Schaffhausen-based company is honouring him with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph as a special limited edition of 500 watches in 18-carat red gold, as well as in stainless steel. An engraving of his last aircraft, the Lightning P-38, embellishes the case back. For connoisseurs, the tobacco-coloured dial and calfskin strap with its cream-coloured quilted stitching immediately identify the chronograph as a typical “Saint Ex”. The elaborate surface finishing, featuring polished and silky-matte elements, enhances the overall quality of the watch’s appearance. This impression is underscored by the sun-pattern finish on the dial. Developed and manufactured exclusively by IWC, the 89361-calibre movement is a masterpiece of technology. It displays long periods of time on a single subdial, thus eliminating the need for a second subdial of the kind often used for aggregate timing, for instance. It is a form of reduction of which the famous Frenchman would no doubt have approved: for, as he once wrote: “Perfection clearly does not arise when one has no more to add but when one can take no more away.”

Variations

Details

  • Reference IW387805
  • Case Material 18-carat red gold
  • Bracelet/Strap brown calfskin strap
  • Dial Colour brown
  • Jewels 38
  • Calibre 89361
  • Price $34,500
  • Limited edition of 500 watches in 18-carat red gold
  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • Self-winding
  • IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre (89000-calibre family)
  • 68-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
  • Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
  • Flyback function
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex antireflective coating on both sides
  • Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Special back engraving
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 15.5 mm
  • Diameter 43 mm
  • Reference IW387806
  • Case Material stainless steel
  • Bracelet/Strap brown calfskin strap
  • Dial Colour brown
  • Jewels 38
  • Calibre 89361
  • Price $14,100
  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • Self-winding
  • IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre (89000-calibre family)
  • 68-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
  • Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
  • Flyback function
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex antireflective coating on both sides
  • Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Special back engraving
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 15.5 mm
  • Diameter 43 mm

Watch Viewer

  • IW387805 Watch Front
  • IW387805 Watch Back
  • IW387806 Watch Front
  • IW387806 Watch Back

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Antimagnetic

Like some of the models in the Ingenieur family, many of the Pilot’s Watches also offer optimum protection against the effects of external magnetic fields in the form of a soft-iron inner case. The inner back plate, casing ring and dial are made from pure iron and are particularly adept at conducting magnetic flux lines around the movement. This combination prevents magnetic fields from reaching the movement and guarantees maximum precision in both normal and extreme situations. Depending on the model in question, the protection provided here – of up to 80,000 amperes per metre – exceeds the Swiss norm for “antimagnetic watches” by more than sixteenfold.

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