IWC Schaffhausen recently entered into a partnership with the pilots of Squadron 11, and specifically with their association, Corona Tigris. This partnership has seen the development of a new watch, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Staffel 11”, a special version of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 3777.
The watchmakers from Schaffhausen worked with the pilots from Squadron 11 to develop the special watch, and incorporated their requests. According to pilot Andreas Menk, good legibility was their main specification. In an F/A-18, this can be a matter of fractions of a second.
As luck would have it, Staffel 11’s heraldic animal is a tiger: its likeness adorns the rear wings of the F/A-18 aircraft, and the tiger’s colouring, a rich orange yellow, is the squadron’s symbolic colour. This tone can now be found on the watch, with the orange-yellow chapter ring, small seconds hand and chronograph seconds hand clearly visible against the black dial. A feature that not only looks good, but also ensures optimum legibility.
The engraved tiger image on the case back is one of the watch’s special features, and at night, the 11 on the dial glows brightly in a witty reference to the squadron’s number.