In 1998, IWC Schaffhausen unveiled its first model with two time zones designed specially for contemporary globetrotters: the Pilot’s Watch UTC. It shows world time in a window on the dial with a 24-hour display.
In 2012, the Swiss watch manufacture is introducing the new Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer that has a 24-hour ring that enables the wearer to look at all 24 time zones, including the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). The city ring shows the names of 23 places around the globe, each of which represents a time zone. The dial shows local time, which can be adjusted forwards or backwards on one-hour steps – also when crossing the International Date Line.
The new Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer (Ref. 326201) no longer shows the time – as in the past – in a semicircular window. Instead, the designers opted for a peripheral 24-hour ring. To make it easier to distinguish between day and night, it is divided into black and white sections. The 24-hour ring can be set quickly and easily using the crown, so that all 24 time zones, including UTC, can be seen at a glance.
Users can keep constant track of the time in various zones atall times: pilots take their bearings from UTC, the uniform flight-plan time, while frequent flyers rely on the time back home; and international business executives always know the time at their partners’ head offices. In addition to the 24-hour ring, the city ring bears the names of 23 places around the globe, each of which represents one time zone. This enables the user to keep track of global time at a glance. The signal red lettering “UTC” and “Date Line” also make it easier to keep abreast.
On the dial, the current local time is indicated. If the wearer passes through one or several time zones, the time can be turned back or advanced in one-hour steps to show the new local time, even when crossing the International Date Line. The date simply moves in sync with the Hand luggage for frequent flyers Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer jumping hour hand. The second time shown by the 24-hour ring remains unaffected and the movement continues to run during the changeover.
White numerals and indices on the matte-black background, together with hands coated completely in luminescent material guarantee outstanding legibility. Like the arrowhead index at “12 o’clock” and the clearly structured chapter ring, they identify the Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer as a classical pilot’s watch. A new feature is the triple date display with its vertically arranged figures, an unmistakable reference to the altimeter found in an aircraft cockpit.
The diameter of the stainless-steel case, waterresistant to 6 bar, is now a regal 45 millimetres, which serves to make the dial even more legible. The Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer is secured to the wrist by a a black alligator leather strap with afolding clasp.
Model: Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer Ref. IW326201
Date display, central hacking seconds, 24-hour display for world timer function
Mechanical movement, self-winding
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 42 h
Case, dial and strap
Stainless-steel case, black dial, black alligator leather strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown, glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure.
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 45 mm
Case height: 13.5 mm