Friday, October 6, 2017

IWC Schaffhausen - Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” (Ref. IW502706), Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage (Ref. IW501004 • IW501005) & Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage Ref. IW327006

Swiss luxury watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen expands its Pilot’s Watch collection by presenting three new models.

Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine De Saint Exupéry” Ref. IW502706
First one is a new edition of TThe Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” created in honour of the French pilot and author. The Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage is available with a case in either titanium or bronze and takes its inspiration from the historical Big Pilot’s Watch (Calibre 52 T.S.C.). Finally, IWC is also unveiling the compact Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage in a retro design with a black dial, numerals printed in beige, and blue hands coated with luminescent material.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” is limited to 250 pieces: in 18-carat red gold with a brown dial and gold-plated hands (Ref. IW502706).

The tobacco brown dial and the brown calfskin strap with decorative white stitching are reminiscent of the pilot suits from the era of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The annual calendar displays the month, date and day in three separate windows and only requires adjustment once a year, at the end of February. The IWC-manufactured calibre 52850 boasts a Pellaton winding system with components in virtually wear-free ceramic and generates a 7-day power reserve in two barrels.
 A special feature of this watch is the rotor in solid 18-carat red gold in the form of a Lightning P-38: it was in this particular model of aircraft that Saint-Exupéry took off on a reconnaissance flight across the Mediterranean from which he never returned. This watch is just the latest in a series of timepieces created by IWC to highlight its long-standing partnership with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation.

Technical details
Model: Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine De Saint Exupéry” Ref. IW502706

Edition
Limited to 250 watches

Functions
Power reserve display
Annual calendar with displays for the month, date and day
Small hacking seconds

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 52850
Mechanical movement
Pellaton automatic winding
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 36
Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
Winding: Automatic
Breguet spring
Rotor in 18-carat red gold

Case, dial and strap
18-carat red gold case
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height:15.3 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
See through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Brown dial, gold-plated hands
Brown calfskin strap by Santoni

Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Ref. IW501004 • IW501005
IWC is also presenting further new products in the form of Pilot’s Watches in the striking retro design of the historic Big Pilot’s Watch (Calibre 52 T.S.C.) from the 1940s.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage is available in two different models: in titanium with a black dial and blue hands coated with luminescent material (IW501004) and in bronze with a black dial and blue hands coated with luminescent material (Ref. IW501005).
The edition in bronze is limited to 1,500 pieces. Both watches are driven by the IWC-manufactured calibre 52110 with a Pellaton winding system and a 7-day power reserve. A power reserve display at “3 o’clock” indicates the charging level at all times.
Technical details
Model: Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage Ref. IW501004 • IW501005

Functions
Power reserve display
Date display
Central hacking seconds

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 52110
Mechanical movement
Pellaton automatic winding
Frequency 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels 36
Power reserve 7 days (168 h)
Winding Automatic
Breguet spring

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW501004: Titanium case, black dial, blue hands coated with luminescent material, brown calfskin strap
Ref. IW501005: Bronze case, black dial, blue hands coated with luminescent material, brown calfskin strap
Glass Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant 6 bar
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 15.4 mm
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure

Edition
Limited to 1,500 watches (Ref. IW501005)

Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage Ref. IW327006
With the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage, IWC has recreated the iconic Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII in a titanium case for the first time: in titanium with a black dial and blue hands coated with luminescent material (Ref. IW327006).
Technical details
Model: Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage Ref. IW327006

Functions
Date display
Central hacking seconds

Movement
Calibre 35111
Mechanical movement
Self-winding
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 42 h
Winding: Automatic

Case, dial and strap
Titanium case, black dial, blue hands coated with luminescent material, brown calfskin strap
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 40 mm
Height: 10.8 mm
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure

All three watches are worn with a brown calfskin strap and are fitted with the tried and tested Pilot’s Watch technology from IWC: a soft-iron inner case keeps the movements safe from magnetic fields and the sapphire glass on all models is specially designed to be protected against sudden drops in pressure in the cockpit.

The new models are available from November 2017 in IWC boutiques and from authorised IWC retailers.

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