IWC Schaffhausen Top Gun New Models in Ceratanium® and Black Ceramic

During the Watches and Wonders 2022 exhibition in Geneva, IWC Schaffhausen launched two new TOP GUN models in its Pilot’s Watches collection.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 TOP GUN Ceratanium® is the first 41-millimetre chronograph in this collection in full Ceratanium®. This ground-breaking new material is light and robust like titanium, and at the same time similarly hard and scratch-resistant like ceramic.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Ceratanium®, Ref. IW388106

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 TOP GUN in black zirconium oxide ceramic is the first TOP GUN Big Pilot in a 43-millimetre case size. The novelties are powered by IWC-manufactured movements from the 69000 and 82000 calibre families.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Top Gun, Ref. IW329801

2022 is the year of IWC TOP GUN. In addition to launching the new “Lake Tahoe” and “Woodland” editions in white and green ceramic, IWC completes the TOP GUN collection with two new models in Ceratanium® and black ceramic.

These timepieces reflect the technical and performance-oriented design that has been the hallmark of IWC TOP GUN since the brand introduced the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN back in 2007.

Ceratanium® debuted in the IWC Pilot’s Watches collection with the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium® in 2019. Now, this innovative new material returns to the TOP GUN collection with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 TOP GUN Ceratanium® (Ref. IW388106), the first 41-millimetre Chronograph in this collection with a case, pushers and a crown made of Ceratanium®.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Ceratanium®, Ref. IW388106

In addition to offering outstanding material properties like reduced weight and high scratch resistance, the most striking feature of Ceratanium® is its matte-black color, which IWC and Pantone have specified as “IWC Ceratanium®”.

The dark and slightly metallic shade results from a unique manufacturing process: it develops on the surface of the material when the case components are fired at high temperatures in a kiln.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Ceratanium®, Ref. IW388106

Subdued white print and luminescence on the black dial and black hands underscore the all-black, stealthy design. The IWC manufactured 69385 calibre chronograph movement is visible through the tinted sapphire glass case back. The timepiece is fitted on a black rubber strap with textile inlay.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Ceratanium®, Ref. IW388106

The Big Pilot’s Watch in black ceramic has been a staple in IWC’s TOP GUN line since 2012. Today, it becomes available in an ergonomic 43-millimetre case size for the first time.

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 TOP GUN (Ref. IW329801) features a case made of black zirconium oxide ceramic, a titanium case back, as well as black dial and hands. The engineering ceramic used for the case offers maximum protection against scratches. IWC and Pantone have specified the black ceramic color as “IWC Jet Black”.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Top Gun, Ref. IW329801

The timepiece is powered by the IWC manufactured 82100 calibre movement. The Pellaton winding system has been fitted with components made of virtually wear-free ceramic, and builds up a power reserve of 60 hours. The integrated EasX-CHANGE® allows changing the green textile strap effortlessly.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Top Gun, Ref. IW329801

A soft-iron inner case protects the movement from the effects of magnetic fields, while the front glass is secured to remain in its place even if there is a sudden drop of air pressure.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 TOP GUN Ceratanium® and the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 TOP GUN will be available through IWC boutiques, authorized retail partners or online at IWC.com.

The timepieces are eligible for registration under the My IWC care program, benefiting from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Ceratanium®, Ref. IW388106

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Top Gun Ceratanium®, Ref. IW388106

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 69385
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 33
Power reserve: 46 h
Winding: Automatic

Functions
Chronograph function for hours, minutes and seconds
Date and day display
Small hacking seconds

Case
Ceratanium® case, pushers and crown
Diameter: 41.1 mm
Height: 14.5 mm
Screw-in crown
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire glass back
Water-resistant: 10 bar

Dial
Black dial, black hands

Strap
Black rubber strap with textile inlay and a Ceratanium® pin buckle

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Top Gun, Ref. IW329801

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Top Gun, Ref. IW329801

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 82100
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 22
Power reserve: 60 h
Winding: Automatic
Pellaton automatic winding system
Central hacking seconds

Case
Ceramic case, titanium crown, titanium case back
Diameter: 43.8 mm
Height: 13.9 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
Screw-in crown
Soft-iron inner case for magnetic field protection
Water-resistant: 10 bar

Dial
Black dial
Black hands

Strap
Green textile strap with folding clasp