After their heralded debut at 2019 SIHH, four new IWC models are now available in our Boutiques. Three are Pilot’s watches from the Vintage-inspired Spitfire Collection and the Classic Collection, and a fourth is a special edition seagoer in collaboration with the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation – a long term Charity Partner of IWC. Below you’ll find an overview of each new model, and we encourage you to visit your favourite Boutique to experience them in person. But time is of the essence, as departures are imminent.
Functional, robust and quintessentially cool. How else could you describe the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire? Taking inspiration from the original IWC Mark 11 navigation watch – produced from 1943 onward for the British Royal Airforce – this aviation tool watch offers all the engineering a pilot’s watch requires: a soft-iron inner case to protect the movement against magnetic fields; a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal secured against displacement during a drop in air pressure; and a totally legible face with white luminated Arabic hour markers and beige luminated rhodium-plated hands and quarter-hour markers, contrasted to the black dial.
The date is visible in an aperture at 3 o’clock, and the and the minute track spans the outer perimeter. The 39mm Ø stainless steel case, at 10.8mmH is engineered for comfort, whether on green military textile strap (IW326801) or the brown stitched calf leather strap (IW326803). Each model is now fitted with the new IWC-manufacture 32110 calibre, equipped with bi-directional pawl winding and a 72-hour power reserve. In homage to the association, the silhouette of the Spitfire is engraved in the centre of the solid caseback.
At the centre of the new Spitfire Collection is the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire. An initial flyby will reveal that the case is 2mm slimmer than the Classic Pilot’s Chronograph at 41mm Ø, and there is a distinctive vintage character, assisted by the beige-coloured lume in the rhodium-plated hands and quarter hour markers. The colour scheme emanates from the original Spitfire cockpit instrumentation. The famed legibility is further enhanced by the white lume in the Arabic numerals on the contrasting black dial. All the more important for the visibility of the additional functions: day and date at 3 o’clock, the small seconds at 6 o’clock, the 30-minute register at 12 o’clock and the 12-hour register at 9 o’clock.
Here, for the first time, a movement from the 69000-calibre family has been used in an IWC Pilot’s Chronograph. The IWC-manufacture 69380 calibre is a rugged chronograph movement with the classic column wheel design. The movement is protected from magnetic fields by the soft-iron inner case, and equipped with the bi-directional pawl-winding system, enabling the 46-hour power reserve. The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire is available on green military textile strap (IW387901) or brown stitched calfskin strap (IW387903).
In the design philosophy of less is more, we introduce the new Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36. With the same iconic legible face and luminous markings, the same double-sided anti-reflective sapphire crystal coating, the same soft-iron inner case to protect against magnetic fields, and the same protection against drop in air pressure, all in a perfect steel 36mm case. The original size of the Mark 11 navigation watch.
It’s heart is the self-winding Calibre 35111, offering a 42-hour power reserve, housed in the stainless steel case, and equally matched by the extremely comfortable five-link bracelet with patented easy-change system. However, it is likely to deviate onto the wrist of your co-pilot, so check your flight plan!
From the Air, we now turn to the Sea; the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport For Good”. Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Daimler and Richemont in 2000 with the aim of using the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. IWC Schaffhausen has been a Global Partner of Laureus since 2005. As part of this cooperation, the Schaffhausen watchmakers launch a limited special edition watch each year. The watches feature a characteristic blue dial and an engraving on the case back. This engraving depicts the winning picture from a drawing competition for children and young people, which is organized by IWC each year throughout all the Laureus Sport for Good projects.
This year’s model sees the 45mm steel case of the Aquatimer Chronograph receive a blue vulcanized rubber coating. The dial, in distinctive Laureus blue, features black hands with a white luminescent coating. Hours and minutes are shown centrally, while the chronograph’s 60-minute register is positioned just below 12 o’clock. Framing the dial is an internal rotating bezel that guarantees the safe setting of dive times. Water-resistant to 300 metres, this diver’s watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre, a chronograph movement with a flyback function. In keeping with the Laureus tradition, the case back is engraved with the winning entry of the competition. In this instance, 15-year-old Sri Lankan boy Melan’s drawing on the subject of “Time to Learn”.
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