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.
“Big Pilot’s Watch exemplifies how a purely functional design can become a cultural icon. Today, the model has not only one of the most recognized watch designs in the world, but also an expression of a certain character and mindset”, These Grainger-Herr.
The automatic movement has 60 hours of power reserve. The clock arrives in May at IWC boutiques and in the commerce networks, including in Brazil (www.iwc.com.br). The suggested price is R $ 47,300 with a leather bracelet and R $ 52,600 in steel.
Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar
The watch with stainless steel case and blue dial follows the tradition of watches with a perpetual calendar in the Big Pilot collection. Developed in 1980, the IWC’s perpetual calendar automatically recognizes different lengths of months and leap years.
The Pellaton rope mechanism with ceramic components can be seen through the sapphire glass on the back. The perpetual calendar was introduced in the Big Pilot collection in 2006, in a limited edition of 25 platinum pieces. Since then, it has been present in 37 versions of the model’s iconic design.
The watch has a stainless steel case, a blue dial and rhodium-plated hands. The date indication and power reserve are located at 3 am, the month at 6 am. The indication of the day of the week and the small seconds are at 9 o’clock. The display of the double moon phase at 12 o’clock correctly covers the northern and southern hemispheres and only needs to be adjusted one day after 577.5 years. That is…
Another feature of this model is the four digits of the year indication. A century control is included inside the case, allowing the watch to show the year up to 2499. With all its indicators perfectly synchronized, the calendar can be easily configured using a single crown.
The automatic movement comprises 386 components and has a power reserve of 7 days. Comes in blue dial and classic size of 46 mm. No price yet set for Brazil.
Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41
The new model comes in a stainless steel case in a compact size of 41 mm, with blue and green dial. The in-house movement is visible through the sapphire glass on the back. With calfskin, rubber or stainless steel, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is a sports watch in essence.
The function of the mechanical stopwatch contributes to the appearance of an instrument watch, and also offers applications to everyday life. Like the other models presented by the brand at Watches & Wonders, it comes with the EasX-CHANGE system, which allows you to change the leather or rubber bracelet quickly.
It has a resistance of 100 meters in depth and a power reserve of 46 hours. The suggested price is R $ 36,700 with a leather strap and 40,700 in steel.
Big Pilots’s Watch TOP GUN Mojave Desert e Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Edition Mojave Desert
Continuing the TOP GUN model series in ceramic with sand tones, this is the first time that the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has used the material in a Big Pilot’s Watch. A brown dial, sand-colored hands and rubber bracelets reinforce the military-inspired look. Both models are powered by movements manufactured by IWC that are part of the 52000 caliber family.
Designed for the maximum acceleration forces that occur during maneuvers in supersonic jets such as the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet and urgent missions in any climate, the IWC Schaffhausen TOP GUN watches are technically advanced precision instruments. Made of robust and corrosion-resistant materials such as titanium and ceramics, they can withstand the tasks of an elite US Navy pilot. Due to the extreme hardness and scratch resistance, it is ideal for daily use in a jet cockpit.
In 2019, IWC launched the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition Mojave Desert, the first watch with a sand-colored ceramic case. The design was inspired by the arid landscape of China Lake, California. The largest US Navy property is located 240 kilometers north of Los Angeles in the Western Mojave Desert. There, at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the military develops and tests aerial weapon systems.
Now, for the first time, the sand-colored ceramic is used for the boxes of two new Big Pilot’s Watches. The Perpetual Calendar presents the legendary IWC perpetual calendar for the first time in a sand-colored ceramic box. The complication automatically recognizes different lengths of months and leap years.
The moon phase indication correctly represents the phases for the Northern and Southern hemispheres and only needs to be adjusted in one day after 577.5 years. Production of the Perpetual Calendar will be limited to just 150 pieces per year.
The Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Edition Mojave Desert will be limited to just 250 pieces per year.
Both models have a 46 mm box, resistance to 60 meters of depth and 7 days of power reserve. In the coming days, they should arrive at boutiques and e-commerce, including on the Brazilian website, which has yet to be confirmed.