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IWC: Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire

Automatic movement
Reference: IW387902     CHF 6,800
Bronze case
Titanium case back
Diameter 41 mm
Available as of October 2019

Just like the Spitfire, the IWC watch collection of the same name also perfectly combines form and function. The backbone of the new Spitfire line is the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387902). The design is inspired by the iconic Mark 11 navigation watch, which was produced in Schaffhausen for the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1948. IWC is presenting its first Pilot’s Watch Chronograph with a movement from the 69000 calibre family and a reduced case diameter of just 41 millimetres. The 69000 calibre family, which was first introduced in 2016, constitutes one of the most important developments in IWC-manufactured movements in IWC’s early history. Now, for the first time, IWC has incorporated a member of this calibre family into its Pilot’s Watches. The bronze case, the olive green dial and the brown calf leather strap give this chronograph a unique character. Over time, the bronze develops a special patina, making each and every watch a unique piece.

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IWC: Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire

Automatic movement
Reference: IW503601     CHF 30,500
Perpetual calendar
Bronze case
Case diameter 46.2 mm

The bronze case, olive green dial and brown calfskin strap lend this complicated Pilot's Watch a unique character. Over time, the bronze develops an individual patina. With the help of a Pellaton winding system and two barrels, the IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre builds up a power reserve of seven days. The components in the Pellaton winding system exposed to unusually high stresses and strains are made of non-wearing ceramic. The perpetual calendar recognizes the different lengths of the months and leap years automatically and requires no correction until 2100. It can be set simply via the crown. The double moon display shows the moon correctly for both the northern and southern hemispheres and will need to be adjusted by one day only after 577.5 years.

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IWC: Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium

Automatic movement  
Ref. IW371815     CHF 15,000
Ceratanium® case
Diameter 44 mm
Available as of spring 2019

The TOP GUN watches, which IWC has been producing since 2007, take their name from the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program in the U.S. Navy. As a Swiss watch company with an American founder, IWC Schaffhausen is proud to supply elite pilots of the U.S. Navy. The TOP GUN watches are therefore specially designed with robust materials, such as ceramic and titanium, to meet the specific requirements of elite jet pilots. The matte black ceramic case, for example, ensures that pilots are not distracted by sunlight reflecting off their watches during the flight. The hard and scratch-resistant ceramic is perfectly suited to daily use in a confined aircraft cockpit and can also withstand extreme G-forces. Ceramic and titanium are also extremely corrosion-resistant and can withstand humid, salty sea air. The watches also contain a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields. The new TOP GUN line sees IWC make use of the innovative new material Ceratanium® for the first time in a Pilot’s Watch; and in the shape of the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium (ref. IW371815), the company is bringing to market its first ever pilot's watch to be completely jet black.

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For over 80 years, IWC’s Pilot’s Watches have been bringing the magic of flight to all those who wear them. The new Spitfire line will be presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH). This line features only IWC-manufactured calibres and celebrates the unique engineering of the British fighter aircraft. The Spitfire, designed by Reginald J. Mitchell, is one of the most sophisticated developments in the history of aviation. The characteristic instrument design of IWC’s Pilot’s Watches likewise was the result of engineering to the specific requirements of military aviation. In addition, the “Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight” project is launched as Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones will embark on the first round-the-world flight in a Spitfire this coming summer. A new TOP GUN line and “Le Petit Prince” special editions will also be presented.

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