IWC Schaffhausen has launched three new chronographs in its Pilot’s Watches collection. The new ceramic models are directly inspired by timepieces that the brand created in the context of its ‘IWC-Military’ programme in collaboration with some of the most renowned fleet squadrons as well as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels®”. The Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph Editions “Royal Maces”, “Tophatters” and “Blue Angels®” all feature the respective squadron patch on the dial and eye-catching details in the corresponding unit’s colour scheme.
Ever since IWC engineered the first Pilot’s Watch 85 years ago, the company has fostered an in-depth dialogue with pilots to precisely understand their specific needs and requirements. This exchange has been particularly crucial for developing the brand’s mil-spec service watches, like the Mark 11 for the British Royal Air Force. Today, IWC continues this dialogue within the frame of its military program, which emerged from the brand’s partnership with the U.S. Navy. Since 2018, IWC has been licensed to work on watches for the entire U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation units, including “Blue Angels®” and the 247 active and 100 inactive squadrons. Today, IWC is proud to manufacture professional military watches for Naval Aviators and pilots serving in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and beyond.
“The ‘IWC-Military’ programme is an important platform for our engineers and designers to exchange ideas with elite pilots from the U.S. Navy and other forces around the world. The combination of extreme climatic conditions, sea salt and the specific challenges linked with operating fast jets from aircraft carriers, make Naval Aviation the most challenging flying environment in the world. Naval Aviators work with skill and precision and put our watches to the test every day in the harsh environment of the cockpit. Their feedback is invaluable for us not only to improve the quality and durability of our timepieces but also to create unique designs which reflect the heritage, spirit and rich diversity of Naval Aviation”, explains Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
IWC releases three new chronographs in its Pilot’s Watches collection, which are directly inspired by the brand‘s collaborations with U.S. Navy squadrons. The annual production of these chronographs will be limited to 500 pieces each.