With a limited edition of just 15 pieces, IWC Schaffhausen presents the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing”. With a design inspired by the technical world of motorsport, the launch features links to the vehicles.
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Inspired by the combination of motorsport with high performance engineering, cutting-edge technology and innovative materials with pure adrenaline, the beauty of the cars also inspired the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing” (Ref. IW590501), which unites the complex IWC’s whirlwind of constant strength with a matte black Ceratanium case and the iconic design of the Big Pilot’s Watch, which give this limited edition a unique and futuristic look. The plates and bridges are completely darkened, the result of an elaborate rhodium coating process to match the color of the box. The movement, which resembles an engine block, can be seen through the sapphire glass.
The powerful engine is the caliber 94800 manufactured by IWC, one of the most complicated mechanical movements ever designed at Schaffhausen. The patented constant force mechanism disengages the escape of the direct flow of energy through the gear train and transmits completely uniform energy impulses to the exhaust wheel.
The 46.2 mm case, the tapered crown and the buckle are all made of Ceratanium, a material developed by IWC. Light and robust like titanium, the material is equally hard and resistant to scratches like ceramic. During the first stage of the manufacturing process, the components are molded with maximum precision from a titanium alloy. Subsequently, they are burned in an oven with very high temperatures. It is during this process that a phase transformation takes place and the surface of the material assumes properties similar to those of ceramics.
At 9 o’clock on the dial, the time is marked by the swirl of constant force. The design also features a dual moon phase display for the northern and southern hemispheres. White numbers and yellow details imitate an instrument panel, while the 4-hour power reserve indicator resembles a tachometer. Even the black rubber strap incorporates a detail from the racing world: it features an application in Alcantara, a synthetic and durable microfiber, which is often used to coat the seats and steering wheels of high performance cars.
IWC’s technology is combined with sustainable actions, since the brand provides materials responsibly, taking measures to minimize its impact on the environment, creating sustainable watches, built to last for generations.
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