Presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2019 in Geneva, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert” (Ref. IW389103) by IWC Schaffhausen is the first watch with a case made from sand-coloured ceramic. This reference is limited to 500 pieces and features a sand-coloured ceramic case with dark brown dial, sand-coloured hands and sand-coloured rubber strap with textile inlay.
The sand-coloured ceramic is inspired by the Mojave Desert, home to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake – the largest land area of the U.S. Navy. The colour perfectly matches the uniforms worn by Navy pilots and is the result of a combination of zirconium oxide with other metallic oxides.
The chronograph is powered by the 69380 IWC-manufactured calibre. The chronograph movement with a classic column wheel design has both a chronograph function and a display for the day and date. The pawl-winding system, which winds up on both sides, boasts a power reserve of 46 hours.
Date and day display
Chronograph function for hours, minutes and seconds
Small hacking seconds
IWC-manufactured calibre 69380
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Power reserve: 46 h
Case, dial and strap
Sand-coloured ceramic case, titanium case back
Diameter: 44.5 mm
Height: 15.7 mm
Crystal: Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water resistance: 6 bar
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
Dark brown dial, sand-coloured hands
Sand-coloured rubber strap with textile inlay
Limited to 500 watches