Watches of Switzerland’s team of 50 highly-trained and approachable staff has a total sum of over 200 years experience in the industry and speak many different languages – including Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and Taiwanese.
With boutiques in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Watches of Switzerland is Australia’s largest authorised Swiss watch retailer.
After 10 years of importing luxury Swiss watches into Australia, Eric van der Griend estabilished Watches of Switzerland in 1996.
Today, Watches of Switzerland is Australia’s leading official watch specialty store with 20 brands and over 4,000 references of Swiss watches.
Shop CF30 Canberra Centre
Canberra 2601, ACT
L09, Luxury Precinct, T2 International Terminal
Melbourne Airport 3045, Victoria
Tel: 03 9338 0882
Monday – Sunday 6am – 11pm
Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and Serbian assistance available.
294 Collins Street, Melbourne
Tel: 03 9671 3388 or 1300 808 135
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
199 George Street, Sydney
2000, New South Wales
Tel: (02) 9251 0088 or 1300 808 135
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
The IWC Pilot’s Chronograph is without a doubt one of the most iconic pilot’s watches on the market today. Known and loved the world over, it offers a distinctive blend of functionality and style that is instantly recognisable on the wrist. For our 20th Anniversary, we wanted to take this classic pilot’s watch and create something truly special for our valued clients who have supported us over the last two decades and hopefully continue to support us for many decades to come.
Collaborating closely with the brand, we have been able to develop a watch which we think will be a huge success in Australia. Australians have always loved IWC Pilots Watches, and the current Pilots Chronograph has consistently been our best seller. Mindful of the current passion for vintage inspired pieces, we wanted to create a timeless, stylish piece which would be coveted in any watch collection, and be accessible for all our loyal customers.
Watches of Switzerland’s relationship with IWC has been exceptionally long-standing and fruitful. Our Chairman and Founder, Eric van der Griend, was the original distributor for IWC in Australia up until Richemont purchased the brand in 2000. Likewise, our very first store in Perth was an authorised IWC retailer, and we have been proud to continue to partner with the brand here in Australia for the last twenty years. Throughout that time, we have had the privilege of introducing the brand to numerous new clients, hosting a wide variety of events and exhibitions making a significant contribution to IWC’s ever growing popularity in Australia.
Presented in a 43mm, stainless steel case, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph Limited Edition pairs a black dial with patina coloured Superluminova-coated hands and indices to create a vintage-inspired look. Hours and minutes are indicated centrally, with small seconds shown on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the day and date displayed through two windows at 3 o’clock. The sub-dials at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively display 30-minute and 12-hour counters for the chronograph, with a central hand in white for the chronograph seconds. Eagle-eyed enthusiasts will also note that the small-seconds hand is now in white, instead of the usual red.
Inside is the robust IWC 79320 Calibre, a self-winding chronograph movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph and offering a max power reserve of 44 hours. It’s protected against the effects of magnetism by IWC’s patented soft-iron inner case and is hidden away beneath a specially engraved, commemorative caseback, which includes the watch’s number in the limited series. Completing the design is a brown calf leather strap crafted by Santoni, which closes with a tang buckle for maximum comfort on your wrist.