Swiss watch manufacture IWC Schaffhausen honours the fabulous flying skills of the Swiss aerobatic squadron by launching a special edition timepiece. For fifty years, Patrouille Suisse pilots have acted as airborne ambassadors to Switzerland, demonstrating unmatched precision and perfection far beyond the country’s borders. Watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen, which has made Pilot’s Watches since 1936, dedicates the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” to the flying aces of the Swiss Air Force. The special edition of this watch classic is limited to 250.
The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” features a cockpit design with coloured highlights. Mirroring the functionality of flight instruments, the displays are generously sized and clearly laid out. The hands and indices have a white luminescent coating that guarantees high legibility. The optics of this decidedly masculine timepiece are rounded off by an attractive shot-blasted stainless steel case and a black soft strap with back-stitching.
An altimeter-shaped date display further underscores the instrument-inspired look. Three signal red elements provide highlights: the small red seconds hand, which indicates normal running; the red stopwatch seconds hand; and the small triangle on the triple date display. Another eye-catching feature is the third push-button at “10 o’clock”. This can be used to stop the split-seconds hand at any time and then pressed again to resynchronize it with the stopwatch seconds hand, making it ideal for timing laps or intermediate times.
With a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields and a sapphire glass secured against sudden falls in pressure, the watch has all the credentials of a watch designed for flying. The 46-millimetre stainless-steel case of the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille
Suisse” is water-resistant to 6 bar and houses a rugged 79230-calibre self-winding chronograph movement. The movement permits the recording of single and aggregate times up to 12 hours and has a power reserve of 44 hours.
The case back is decorated with an engraving of three jet fighters that allude to the Northrop F-5E Tiger II, in which Patrouille Suisse pilots fly tightly knit formations at speeds of up to 1000 kph. The inscription “TRIBUTE TO PATROUILLESUISSE” and the consecutive numbering (1/250, 2/250 etc.) indicate the special limited edition. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” will be available from May 2014, initially only from IWC Boutiques in Switzerland and Swiss retailers, but later at IWC Boutiques worldwide.
IWC developed its first Pilot’s Watch almost 80 years ago. In 1936, the so-called Special Pilot’s Watch started out on a professional mission in the service of pilots. It was designed to withstand the difficult conditions encountered in the cockpit of aircraft at that time. The Schaffhausen based manufacturer’s passion spurred its engineers and watchmakers on to ever-greater technical achievement. Today, IWC’s Pilot’s Watches are very popular and elegantly combine modern technology with traditional values.
The Patrouille Suisse
The formations they fly go by names such as Eiger, Matterhorn, Delta or Shadow. The Swiss Air Force’s professional pilots in their red-and-white Tiger jets perform loops, simultaneous rolls and tunnels at breathtaking speeds, sometimes just 60 metres above the ground. The Patrouille Suisse aerobatics squadron was established to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Swiss Air Force in 1964. Since then, the flying skills of the aerobatics team, comprising six Tiger pilots, have made them much-acclaimed ambassadors of Switzerland wherever they appear. The fascination of formation flying continues to draw hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts to air shows at home and abroad.
Features of Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse”
Mechanical chronograph movement – Self-winding – Day and date display – Small hacking seconds –
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Split-seconds hand for intermediate timing –
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields – Screw-in crown – Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure – Limited to 250 consecutively numbered watches
Model: Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Patrouille Suisse” ref. IW377805
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 44 h
Case, dial and strap
Shot-blasted stainless-steel case, grey dial, black soft strap, folding clasp in stainless steel (shot-blasted)
Glass: sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 17.5 mm