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Taking Flight with IWC at SIHH 2019


IWC’s SIHH 2019 presentation is all about pilot’s watches in innovative materials. Especially designed for life in the cockpit, these timepieces will have you feeling like an elite jet pilot.

Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium (IW371815)

IW371815 Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium
This model takes its name from the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, which provides the best Navy pilots with flying and tactical training. As such, it’s designed for the rigors of life on an aircraft carrier. Made from a special material called Ceratanium, its case is as lightweight and robust as titanium and as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.

Its matte black case ensures that pilots are not distracted by sunlight, and it can withstand extreme G-forces. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium is also corrosion-resistant—a great feature when your watch is constantly exposed to humid, salty sea air. Its chronograph includes an integrated split-seconds hand mechanism for simultaneously measuring two periods of time.

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert” (IW389103)

This is the first watch made from sand-colored ceramic, and its hue perfectly matches the uniforms of navy pilots at the U.S. Naval Air Weapons Station in—you guessed it—the Mojave Desert. Available in a limited edition of 500 pieces, it runs on a 69380 calibre with a day-date function and a 46-hour power reserve.

Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” (IW395501)

IW395501_Pilot's Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition The Longest Flight
This model was designed especially for pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones, who are undertaking a round-the-world flight in a Spitfire. It includes IWC’s patented Timezoner mechanism, which allows you to change time zones simply by rotating the bezel. This automatically sets the hour hand, 24-hour display, and date to your current location. The Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight” runs on a self-winding Caliber 82760 with a 60-hour power reserve.

Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271” (IW327101)

IW327101_Pilot's Watch UTC Spitfire Edition MJ271
If you prefer a dual time watch, this is the model for you. Named “MJ271” after the original call sign of the Silver Spitfire during its time of service, this is the first model to integrate a Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) function with an IWC-manufactured calibre. You can set the local and home time using the crown, then read the home time via the curved UTC display. The bronze case, green dial, and brown calf leather strap make a particularly attractive combination, and the case develops a special patina over time.

Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” (IW590303)

IW590303_Big Pilot's Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince
This is IWC’s first pilot’s watch with a constant force tourbillon, so it stands to reason they’d give this feature a prominent place at 9 o’clock. Its case is made from hard gold, which is five to ten times harder and more wear-resistant than red gold. The Little Prince fans will be tickled to see the “Petit Prince” himself standing on the moon in the perpetual lunar phase display.

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