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Big, but not so much: the new IWC Big Pilot is smaller

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It is not that it is small. The new clock Big Pilot, classic model of IWC Schaffhausen inspired by the aviation universe, it now comes with a 43mm case, a considerable size on the wrist. But it is not a negligible reduction in relation to the previous version, of 46 millimeters. In this case, with forgiveness for the commonplace, less can be more.

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The new Big Pilot is part of the line presented today by IWC, a brand of the group Richemont, on Watches & Wonders, the luxury watchmaking fair presented virtually, which this year runs from April 7 to 13. The trend to launch smaller sizes has been maintained in recent years, even in the manufactures established by robust boxes, such as IWC and Panerai.

In addition to following a more retro line, linked to watches from the past, manufacturers are decreasing the sizes of watches to also reach the female audience. And how are the most loyal customers of the brands? “Well, the traditional 46 mm model is still in line, it is a success, we are only giving new options to those who thought the size was a little big,” said Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC, in an interview with Casual EXAME.

Check out this and other brand launches at Watches & Wonders below.

Big Pilot’s Watch 43

It is a faithful interpretation of the iconic design of the observation watch, with a 43mm stainless steel ergonomic case and available with a black and blue dial. The piece is powered by caliber 82100 manufactured by IWC and Pellaton rope, visible through the rear sapphire glass. Comes with a variety of calf leather, rubber and stainless steel bracelets

According to the manufacturer, the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is a modern utility sports watch par excellence, ideal for adventures in the air, on land and in the water. With a conical crown, a four-pin bracelet and an open, readable dial, it expresses the essence of IWC aviator watches. It has a functional design, in the style of an easy-to-read cockpit instrument, and follows the line of 1940s military watches.

The large crown is a detail that comes from the original model and allowed pilots to be able to operate their watches even wearing padded flight gloves. Initially reintroduced in 2002, the design has remained faithful to the utility DNA since then, undergoing only occasional changes.

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