The New IWC Pilot’s Watches Collection Takes Flight at SIHH 2019 in Geneva

 

For over 80 years, IWC’s Pilot’s Watches have been bringing the magic of flight to all those who wear them. These prestigious watches from Schaffhausen will be the highlight of the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer's appearance at the forthcoming Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), which takes place in Geneva from 14th to 17th January 2019. Presented here, the new Spitfire line, which features only IWC-manufactured calibres and celebrates the unique engineering of the British fighter aircraft. The Spitfire, designed by Reginald J. Mitchell, is one of the most sophisticated developments in the history of aviation. The characteristic instrument design of IWC’s Pilot’s Watches likewise was the result of engineering to the specific requirements of military aviation. In addition, the “Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight” project is launched as Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones will embark on the first round-the-world flight in a Spitfire this coming summer. A new TOP GUN line and “Le Petit Prince” special editions will also be presented. 

Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight”

The Silver Spitfire by Romain Hugault
— The Silver Spitfire by Romain Hugault
Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” (ref. IW395501)
— Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” (ref. IW395501)

A particular highlight of the collection is the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” (ref. IW395501). For the first time ever at IWC, it combines the patented Timezoner mechanism with an entirely automatic IWC-manufactured movement and is limited to just 250 watches. This special edition is dedicated to the “Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight” project. It has been specially developed for pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones to coincide with their flight around the world in a Spitfire. The colour scheme of the watch design, with its stainless steel case, its black dial and its green textile strap, is reminiscent of the cockpit of a Spitfire.

IW395501 SPECIFICATIONS

Estimated release date: April 2019

Please note, product specifications are subject to change prior to release

 

CASE

Stainless steel case

Diameter 46 mm

Height 15.2 mm

Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides

Water resistance 6 bar

FEATURES

Pellaton automatic winding  

Date display 

Central hacking seconds 

Timezoner function for setting another time zone using the rotating bezel  

24-hour display for Worldtimer function 

Screw-in crown  

Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure

Special back engraving 

Limited to 250 watches

DETAILS

Black dial

Rhodium-plated hands

Green textile strap

Also available with leather strap options

Strap width 22 mm

MOVEMENT

82760 Calibre

IWC-Manufactured movement

Automatic, self-winding

60 hours power reserve

Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz)

25 Jewels

An IWC Schaffhausen Concierge will be happy to answer any questions. Learn more by contacting the concierge.

 


Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire

The Silver Spitfire, illustration by Romain Hugault
— The Silver Spitfire, illustration by Romain Hugault
Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387902)
— Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387902)

Just like the Spitfire, the IWC watch collection of the same name also perfectly combines form and function. The backbone of the new Spitfire line is the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387902). The design is inspired by the iconic Mark 11 navigation watch, which was produced in Schaffhausen for the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1948. IWC is presenting its first Pilot’s Watch Chronograph with a movement from the 69000 calibre family and a reduced case diameter of just 41 millimetres. The 69000 calibre family, which was first introduced in 2016, constitutes one of the most important developments in IWC-manufactured movements in IWC’s early history. Now, for the first time, IWC has incorporated a member of this calibre family into its Pilot’s Watches. The bronze case, the olive green dial and the brown calf leather strap give this chronograph a unique character. Over time, the bronze develops a special patina, making each and every watch a unique piece.

IW387902 SPECIFICATIONS

Estimated release date: October 2019

Please note, product specifications are subject to change prior to release

 

CASE

Bronze case

Titanium case back

Diameter 41 mm

Height 15.3 mm

Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides

Water resistance 6 bar

FEATURES

Chronograph function for hours, minutes and seconds 

Date and day display 

Small hacking seconds 

Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields

Screw-in crown 

Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure 

Special back engraving

DETAILS

Olive green dial 

Gold-plated hands 

Brown calf leather strap

Also available with textile strap options

Strap width 20 mm

MOVEMENT

69380 Calibre

IWC-Manufactured movement

Automatic, self-winding

48 hours power reserve

Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz)

33 Jewels

An IWC Schaffhausen Concierge will be happy to answer any questions. Learn more by contacting the concierge.

 


Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”

P38 flown by Saint-Exupéry, illustration by Romain Hugault
— P38 flown by Saint-Exupéry, illustration by Romain Hugault
Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” (ref. IW590303)
— Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” (ref. IW590303)

The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”(ref. IW590303) is the first pilot's watch from IWC to feature a constant force tourbillon. It is available with a hard gold case and is limited to just 10 watches. This is the first time IWC has produced a watch with hard gold, a special new version of 5N gold. The microstructure of the alloy is modified in a sophisticated manufacturing process. Hard gold is therefore significantly harder and around 5 to 10 times more wear-resistant than conventional 5N gold. As a result, the material is perfectly suited to the large case and the crown of a Big Pilot’s Watch. The combination of the mesmerizing constant force tourbillon with the poetic design elements of this Le Petit Prince edition, make this timepiece exceptional. The 5N gold case creates a beautiful contrast to the blue dial and moon-phase complication. 

IW590303 SPECIFICATIONS

Estimated release date: June 2019

Please note, product specifications are subject to change prior to release

 

CASE

18 carat hard gold case

Diameter 46.2 mm

Height 13.5 mm

Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides

Water resistance 6 bar

FEATURES

94805 Calibre

IWC-manufactured movement

Manual-winding

Power reserve display  

Tourbillon with integrated constant-force mechanism

Moon phase display  

See-through sapphire glass back 

Screw-in crown 

Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure 

Limited to 10 watches

DETAILS

Blue dial 

Gold-plated hands 

Brown calf leather strap

Strap width 22 mm

 

 

 

An IWC Schaffhausen Concierge will be happy to answer any questions. Learn more by contacting the concierge.

 


Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium

The F18 Super Hornet
— The F18 Super Hornet
Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium (ref. IW371815)
— Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium (ref. IW371815)

The TOP GUN watches, which IWC has been producing since 2007, take their name from the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program in the U.S. Navy. As a Swiss watch company with an American founder, IWC Schaffhausen is proud to supply elite pilots of the U.S. Navy. The TOP GUN watches are therefore specially designed with robust materials, such as ceramic and titanium, to meet the specific requirements of elite jet pilots. The matte black ceramic case, for example, ensures that pilots are not distracted by sunlight reflecting off their watches during the flight. The hard and scratch-resistant ceramic is perfectly suited to daily use in a confined aircraft cockpit and can also withstand extreme G-forces. Ceramic and titanium are also extremely corrosion-resistant and can withstand humid, salty sea air. The watches also contain a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields. The new TOP GUN line sees IWC make use of the innovative new material Ceratanium® for the first time in a Pilot’s Watch; and in the shape of the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium (ref. IW371815), the company is bringing to market its first ever pilot's watch to be completely jet black.

IW371815 SPECIFICATIONS

Estimated release date: June 2019

Please note, product specifications are subject to change prior to release

 

CASE

Ceratanium® case

Diameter 44 mm

Height 16.8 mm

Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides

Water resistance 6 bar

FEATURES

Mechanical chronograph movement  

Date and day display Chronograph function for hours, minutes and seconds 

Split-seconds hand for intermediate timing 

Small hacking seconds 

Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields 

Screw-in crown 

Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure

DETAILS

Black dial

Black hands

Black rubber strap

Strap width 21 mm

 

 

 

An IWC Schaffhausen Concierge will be happy to answer any questions. Learn more by contacting the concierge.