IWC Schaffhausen presents Big Pilot’s Watch AMG G 63 (references IW501201 and IW506201) special editions inspired by the G-Class from Mercedes-Benz.
Inspired by the signature G-Class design attributes such as the headlights or the spare wheel cover, these new exclusive Big Pilot’s Watch models are made from extremely robust and resilient case materials.
One features a case and crown of 18-carat Armor Gold®; the second is IWC’s first timepiece with a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) case.
The Big Pilot’s Watch AMG G 63 (Ref. IW501201) comes with a case and crown made of 18-carat Armor Gold®, a black dial and a black rubber strap with microfiber inlay. The black and gold colour code is inspired by the exterior paintwork and interior finishing of the recently launched Mercedes-AMG G 63 “Grand Edition”.
Thanks to an improved microstructure, Armor Gold® is significantly harder and more wear-resistant than conventional 5N gold. The combination of sand-blasted surfaces and polished edges lends this Big Pilot’s Watch a classy, contemporary character.
The Big Pilot’s Watch AMG G 63 (Ref. IW506201) is the first IWC timepiece to feature a ceramic matrix composite (CMC) case, engineered in close collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Unlike conventional carbon fibre-reinforced polymers, the fibres of this composite material are embedded in a matrix of ceramic rather than polymer. Therefore, CMC components are extremely damage-tolerant. Because they are also insensitive to thermal shocks, they are the material of choice for applications with extremely high requirements in terms of lightness, strength, and temperature resistance – from aerospace to the manufacturing of brake discs for sports and luxury cars.
In addition to the Big Pilot’s characteristic power reserve display at 3 o’clock, both new editions feature a small second counter at 9 o’clock. The opposing subdials with external white rings imitate the typical headlights on the front side of the G-Class. The black dials are embossed with a relief-like technical structure inspired by the air intakes of Mercedes-AMG performance cars.
Instead of characteristic printed numerals and indices, these special editions feature appliqués that have been PVD-coated in black and filled with luminous material.
Beating inside these new timepieces is the IWC-manufactured 52010 calibre, a highly robust and precise automatic movement. Parts of the winding system that are subject to particularly high stress are manufactured from virtually wear-free zirconium oxide ceramic.
Equipped with the Pellaton automatic winding system, this self-winding movement with two barrels offers a power reserve of seven days.
The movement is visible through tinted sapphire glass back, which features a Mercedes-Benz star and are reminiscent of the spare wheel cover on the backside of the G-Class.
The Big Pilot’s Watch AMG G 63 editions in 18-carat Armor Gold® and in CMC are available through IWC boutiques or online at IWC.com. In addition, the timepieces are eligible for registration under the My IWC care program, benefitting from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.
Model: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch AMG G 63
IWC-manufactured automatic calibre 52010
Frequency 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Power reserve 7 days (168 h)
Pellaton automatic winding system
Power reserve display
Small hacking seconds
Ref. IW501201: 18-carat Armor Gold® case, case back ring and crown
Ref. IW506201: Ceramic matrix composite (CMC) case, Ceratanium® case back ring and crown
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 14.4 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire glass back
Water-resistance: 10 bar
Black dial, black hands
Black rubber strap with microfiber inlay