IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry (Ref. IW387805)

Swiss watch manufacture IWC dedicates a special edition Pilot chronograph model to honour Antoine deSaint-Exupéry (1900-44) , the world renowned aviator, poet and humanist whose biography is considered as a chronicle of modern aviation.

Famed for its 70-year tradition in the manufacture of Pilot’s Watches, IWC Schaffhausen is using the anniversary of Antoine de Saint- Exupéry’s memorable first flight as an occasion to dedicate its sixth special edition to his memory: the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry in 18-carat red gold (Ref. 387805) in a limited edition of 500 watches.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry (Ref. IW387805)

For connoisseurs, the tobacco-coloured dial and calfskin strap with its cream-coloured quilted stitching immediately identify the chronograph as a typical “Saint Ex”. The elaborate surface finish featuring polished, silky-matte and structured elements enhances the overall quality of the watch’s appearance. This impression is underscored by the sun-pattern finish on the dial.

The sapphire glass has antireflective coating on both sides and is secured against drops in air pressure. Developed and manufactured exclusively by IWC, the 89361-calibre movement is a technical masterpiece. It displays long periods of times on a single subdial.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry (Ref. IW387805)

A special engraving embellishes the back of the watch. It depicts the last aircraft Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ever flew, a Lightning P-38. It was on 31 July 1944 that “Saint-Ex” took off in a machine like this to carry out a reconnaissance mission over occupied France and never returned. In 2003, wreckage from his Lightning was salvaged from the Mediterranean Sea near Marseille.

In 2006, fragments of the aircraft, together with other exhibits, were displayed for the first time as part of a project organized jointly by IWC Schaffhausen and the Succession Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – d’Agay at the musée de l’Air et de l’Espace in Le Bourget, near Paris. The acclaimed exhibition marked the beginning of a relationship, which was based on mutual trust between Saint-Exupéry’s heirs and the Swiss watch manufacturer that has lasted to this day.

IWC Schaffhausen is a partner of the Succession Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – d’Agay society. The descendants of the passionate pilot ensure that the adventurer’s spiritual legacy lives on. IWC’s commitment also extends to the society’s charitable arm in the form of support for the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.

True to his credo, “For human beings, there is only one truth: the truth that turns them into human beings” (from his novel “Wind, Sand and Stars”), the Foundation has dedicated itself to the famous Frenchman’s humanitarian legacy. Working with its partners, it helps young people worldwide who are growing up in difficult and often hostile circumstances. These young people are encouraged to build their own futures and to play an active role in society.

Since it started working with the Succession Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – d’Agay, IWC has used special editions of its Pilot’s Watches to commemorate the French author’s works that are closely linked to the pioneering days of aviation.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph launched in 2006 was a tribute to the novel “Night Flight”. This was followed in 2007 by the Pilot’s Watch Automatic, which paid homage to his gripping work “Southern Mail”, and in 2008 by the Pilot’s Watch UTC, to mark his poetic novel “Wind, Sand and Stars”. In 2009 and 2010, the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry honoured his outstanding life’s work.

The special edition selected for 2011 was the rarely made Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar, and in 2012 the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition.

Technical details

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry (Ref. IW387805) : Sixth tribute to the French aviator and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the form of a Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

Movement
Calibre 89361
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding: automatic

Functions
Date display
Stopwatch function with hours
Minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock
Flyback function
Small hacking seconds

Exterior
Case and folding clasp in 18-carat red gold, tobacco-coloured dial, brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistance: 6 bar
Diameter: 43 mm
Case height: 15.5 mm
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure

Edition
Limited edition of 500 watches in 18-carat red gold

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