IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS”

In collaboration with its partner Mercedes-AMG, IWC Schaffhausen has created the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS”.

Available exclusively for future owners of the performance hybrid Mercedes-AMG ONE, this horological masterpiece features the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer’s patented constant-force mechanism, which transmits completely even impulses of force to the escapement.

The case is made of titanium aluminide (TiAl), an advanced high-tech material that is extremely challenging to machine. Thanks to its high temperature resistance, this intermetallic compound is also used for components of high-performance engines in motorsport. The striking design features details and colour codes are directly inspired by the Mercedes-AMG ONE hypercar.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition AMG ONE OWNERS Ref. IW590502

The German performance and sports car manufacturer is planning to kick start the production of the Mercedes-AMG ONE. This two-seater hypercar will transfer the latest and most efficient Formula 1™ hybrid technology almost one to one from the racetrack to the street for the first time.

The performance hybrid will produce over 1,000 horsepower at a maximum speed of over 350 km/h. To accompany its launch, IWC has engineered a timepiece that combines the Swiss brand’s technically most advanced movements and complications with high-performance materials such as titanium aluminide (TiAl) and Ceratanium.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” (Ref. 590502) features IWC’s patented constant-force mechanism. This complication disengages the escapement from the direct flow of power through the wheel train and transmits completely even impulses of energy to the escape wheel.

As a result, even as the torque in the mainspring diminishes, the balance wheel oscillates with virtually the same amplitude. In combination with the tourbillon, which compensates for the negative influences of gravity, this ensures a highly exact rate.

The IWC-manufactured 94800 calibre is manually wound and stores a power reserve of 96 hours in its twin barrels. The fully blackened movement is visible through the sapphire glass back. The case back is made of Ceratanium®. Based on a special titanium alloy, this IWC-developed material is as light and rigid as titanium and, at the same time, almost equally as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition AMG ONE OWNERS Ref. IW590502

The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” reflects the unique competence acquired by the Schaffhausen based manufacture in machining titanium since the 1980s. The case is made of titanium aluminide (TiAl).

TiAl is lighter and harder than conventional titanium, highly resistant to corrosion, and biocompatible. This high-tech material belongs to the group of intermetallic compounds. Due to the specific mixing ratio of titanium and aluminium, atoms and electrons arrange themselves in a particular way. This causes the material to have certain nonmetallic properties in addition to the classic properties of a metal.

In the case of TiAl, it is its high temperature resistance that stands out. For this reason, the material is used for the turbine blades of modern jet engines, where lightness and temperature resistance are essential requirements. Its specific properties also make it the ideal choice for components of high-performance engines in motorsport.

Because titanium aluminide has a difficult machining behaviour, manufacturing a TiAl watch case is a real engineering feat. In addition, the requirements for the purity of the raw materials are very high, and the production of the titanium aluminide alloy is costly and complex.

Today, IWC is one of the few watch manufacturers capable of producing a titanium aluminide case. The case of the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” is elaborately finished with polished and sandblasted surfaces.

In addition to the constant-force tourbillon at 9 o’clock, the black dial also features a double moon phase display for the northern and southern hemispheres and a power reserve display at 4 o’clock, reminiscent of a tachometer.

The louvred, ring-shaped structure of the outer dial ring takes inspiration from the air inlets that dominate the front of the Mercedes-AMG ONE.

The design also features details in Petronas green – the signature colour of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ team, whose plug-in hybrid technology the new car brings to the street. A thin ring in Petronas green, for example, marks the transition between the polished and sandblasted parts of the case. Details in Petronas green can also be found on the dial and on some of the movement components.

The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” is fitted with a two-tone rubber strap. Manufactured using the so-called multi-component injection moulding process, it is black on the outside and green on the inside. Numerous Mercedes stars in Petronas green are visible on the outer side of the strap.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE OWNERS” will be available exclusively to the future owners of the Mercedes-AMG ONE.

Technical details

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “AMG ONE Owners” Ref. IW590502

Case
Titanium aluminide (TiAl) case
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 13.5 mm
Screw-in crown in titanium
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire glass back with Ceratanium® case back ring
Water-resistant 6 bar

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 94800
Hand-wound mechanical movement
Frequency: 18,000 vph / 2.5 Hz
Jewels: 41
Power reserve: 4 days (96h)

Functions
Power reserve display
Tourbillon with integrated constant-force mechanism
Perpetual moon phase display for both northern and southern hemispheres

Dial
Black dial with rhodium plated hands

Strap
Integrated black and green rubber strap

Edition
Available exclusively to Mercedes-AMG ONE owners

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team” Ref. IW388108

On the occasion of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix™, IWC Schaffhausen and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team have unveiled the first official team watch.

Crafted from lightweight and durable grade 5 titanium, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team” features a black dial with printing and luminescence in the team’s signature Petronas green colour.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team” Ref. IW388108

Powered by the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre movement, the chronograph comes with two straps in calfskin and rubber that can be exchanged quickly and easily thanks to the integrated EasX-CHANGE® system.

The team watch is available for purchase exclusively online on iwc.com. IWC Schaffhausen has been the official engineering partner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team since 2013.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team” Ref. IW388108

For the first time in their longstanding partnership, IWC has developed an official watch for the team. This watch will be worn by the team, including designers, aerodynamicists, race engineers, strategists and mechanics.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team” (Ref. IW388108) is crafted from grade 5 titanium.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team” Ref. IW388108

After machining and sandblasting, the surface retains an attractive greyish shimmer. A black dial with printing and luminescence in the team’s signature shade of green complement the distinctive design.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team” Ref. IW388108

The IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre, a chronograph movement in classic column-wheel design consisting of 231 individual parts, is visible through a sapphire glass back. The bi-directional pawl winding system builds up a power reserve of 46 hours.

The chronograph is delivered with two different straps: one black embossed calfskin strap, and one green rubber strap. Thanks to the integrated EasX-CHANGE® system, the straps can be exchanged quickly and easily at the touch of a button without additional tools.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team” Ref. IW388108

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team” is available exclusively online on IWC.com. In addition, the timepiece is eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and can benefit from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Edition “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team” Ref. IW388108

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

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

Case
Titanium case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 14.6 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistance: 10 bar

Dial
Black dial, black hands

Strap
Black embossed calfskin strap
Green rubber strap

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”

On the occasion of the 2022 Laureus World Sports Awards in Seville, Spain, IWC Schaffhausen unveils the Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” to highlight its support for the work Laureus Sport for Good undertakes around the world.

The special edition is limited to 1000 pieces and features a dial in the typical Laureus blue. The engraving on the case back displays the winning entry from the drawing competition that IWC organises every year within all Laureus programmes.

The Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” is the 16th special edition that IWC has launched in collaboration with the Laureus Sport for Good foundation. Laureus Sport for Good operates in more than 50 countries and supports over 250 programmes around the world. The programmes employ sport to transform the lives of children and young people. They aim to promote social change, and put an end to violence and discrimination.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”

Limited to 1000 pieces, this timepiece features a stainless steel case in an easily wearable diameter of 39 millimetres. The dial in the typical Laureus blue contrasts with the rhodium-plated hands and appliques. The chronograph is fitted on a black calfskin strap.

An engraving of the winning entry from the drawing competition that IWC organises each year within all Laureus programmes appears on the case back. The drawing depicts hands united together as equals, and was created by 15-year-old Jatin Malhan.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”

Jatin is goalkeeper for the Youth Football Club Rurka Kalan in the Jalandhar district of Punjab, India.

The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier global sports awards honouring the greatest sportsmen, sportswomen and teams across all sports each year. The Nominees are selected by a panel of over 1300 representatives from the world of global sports media.

Award winners are voted for by the ultimate sporting jury, Laureus World Sports Academy, a collective of 71 of the greatest living sporting legends who volunteer their time to support the organisation.

Technical details

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph 39 Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”, Ref. IW391408

Movement
Calibre 79350
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 31
Power reserve: 44 h
Winding: Automatic

Functions
Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
Small hacking seconds

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 39 mm
Height: 12.8 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistance: 3 bar

Dial
Blue dial
Rhodium-plated hands and appliqués

Strap
Black calfskin strap

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN “Lake Tahoe” and “Woodland” Editions

IWC Schaffhausen unveils two new TOP GUN chronographs in colored ceramic in the Pilot’s Watches family.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Lake Tahoe” features a white ceramic case and a black dial. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Woodland” combines a dark green ceramic case and dial with pushers, crown and a case back in matte black Ceratanium®.

Both timepieces are powered by the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre movement. The annual production of the new models will be limited to 1000 pieces each.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Lake Tahoe

A double chronograph with a black zirconium oxide ceramic case and titanium case back marked the birth of the TOP GUN line in IWC’s Pilot’s Watches family in 2007. Since then, advanced materials have been the hallmark of TOP GUN, lending these timepieces their distinctive technical look.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Woodland

In 2019, IWC introduced the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert”, the first TOP GUN model in sand-colored ceramic. Today, IWC completes the collection with two new chronographs in white and green ceramic.

Located between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a mountainous area frequently flown over by the pilots of the U.S Navy TOPGUN School. The winter landscape around this freshwater lake and white uniforms have influenced the design of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Lake Tahoe” (Ref. IW389105).

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Lake Tahoe

The chronograph features a 44.5-millimetre white ceramic case, a pitch-black dial, and black hands coated with luminescent material. IWC and Pantone have specified the ceramic color as “IWC Lake Tahoe”.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Lake Tahoe

The pushers and crown are made of stainless steel, the case back of titanium. The matching white rubber strap with a distinctive embossing accentuates the eye-catching design.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Lake Tahoe

The flight suits of naval aviators have inspired the distinctive shade of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Woodland” (Ref. IW389106).

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Woodland

The newly developed “IWC Woodland” green is used for the ceramic case and the dial, while the numerals and hour markers are printed in a lighter hue. The pushers and the case back are made of matte black Ceratanium®.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Woodland

Developed by IWC, this material combines the lightness and structural integrity of titanium with a hardness and scratch-resistance similar to ceramic. A matching green rubber strap with textile inlay completes the design.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Woodland

Both timepieces are powered by the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre, a robust and reliable chronograph with a column-wheel design. In addition, they feature soft-iron inner cases to protect their movements from the effects of magnetic fields. The front glasses are specially secured to withstand sudden drops in air pressure. Both watches are water-resistant to 6 bar and feature the iconic TOP GUN logo as an engraving on the case back.

The use of colored ceramics for the new TOP GUN chronographs added an extra layer of complexity to the design and manufacturing process. With “IWC Lake Tahoe” and “IWC Woodland”, IWC engineered two completely new ceramic colors. A major challenge was to adapt the newly developed ceramic white and green shades to numerous other components made of different materials – each with unique properties and a specific manufacturing process – such as the dial, the hands, the rubber straps and textile inlays, and even luminescent paint.

In the 1980s, IWC carried out pioneering work in the field of ceramic. The company first used this hard and scratch-resistant material in 1986 for the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 3755). Ceramic made its debut in the Pilot’s Watches collection with the 1994 Pilot’s Chronograph Ceramic (Ref. 3705). As early as the 1980s, IWC also experimented with different colors and produced small series or prototypes in white, blue, green, or even pink ceramic.

The production of colored ceramic cases is a particularly demanding exercise. Each case is the result of a unique formula and manufacturing process.

Zirconium oxide is combined with other metallic oxides to give the ceramic its color. Each shade requires different raw materials and a distinct mixing ratio. In addition, the manufacturing process and its specific conditions – such as the temperature and the duration of the sintering process – must be adapted to the colored ceramic and its components. What’s more, colored ceramic also places significantly higher demands on the purity of the raw materials.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Lake Tahoe

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Lake Tahoe” and the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Woodland” are available through IWC boutiques, authorised retail partners or online at IWC.com. They 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 Top Gun Edition “Lake Tahoe”, Ref. IW389105

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Lake Tahoe

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

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 69380
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 33
Power reserve: 46 h
Winding: Automatic

Case
Ceramic case, titanium case back, stainless steel crown and pushers
Diameter: 44.5 mm
Height: 15.7 mm
Glass Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Water-resistance: 6 bar

Dial
Black dial, black hands

Strap
White rubber strap with folding clasp

Edition
Limited annual production of 1000 pieces

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “Woodland”, Ref. IW389106

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Woodland

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

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 69380
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 33
Power reserve: 46 h
Winding: Automatic

Case
Ceramic case, Ceratanium® case back, crown and pushers
Diameter: 44.5 mm
Height: 15.7 mm
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
Water-resistance: 6 bar

Dial
Green dial, black hands

Strap
Green rubber strap with textile inlay and pin buckle

Edition
Limited annual production of 1000 pieces

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

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire New Models in Titanium and Bronze

IWC’s new Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire is inspired by the functional design of historic “mil-spec” watches. One model has a titanium case and a black dial; the other features a bronze case and a military green dial. Both have a titanium case back, engraved with the iconic Spitfire airplane, and a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields.

Over the years, IWC Schaffhausen has manufactured numerous field watches for different branches of the British military. Arguably, the most famous one is the Mark 11, a navigation watch engineered in 1948 for the British Royal Air Force.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire New Models in Titanium and Bronze

IWC has also supplied watches to the British Army and deck watches to the Royal Navy. These mil-spec service watches were characterised by high-precision movements, extreme ruggedness, functional designs with easily legible dials, and purpose-built technical features such as soft-iron inner cases to provide protection against magnetic fields.

The Spitfire Pilot’s Watches reflect this chapter in the brand’s history. Featuring a distinctive military design, they take their name from the iconic British aeroplane of the time, one of the most sophisticated developments in the history of aviation.

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire (Ref. IW329701) features a case, case back and crown made from lightweight and robust grade 5 titanium.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in titanium

The dark grey matte colour results from an elaborate surface treatment in which the components are first polished and then sand-blasted. The design of the black dial was inspired by historical observation watches.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in titanium

Only the minutes and seconds are printed in white on the outer ring, while the hours appear smaller and in a more discreet grey print on the inner ring.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in titanium

Traditionally, this layout made it easier for pilots and navigators to read the minutes and seconds at just a glance. They needed this information to perform tasks like celestial navigation during visual flights.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in titanium

The distinctive field watch design is complemented with a brown calfskin leather strap with contrast stitching. The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire (Ref. IW329702) features a bronze case and crown as well as a titanium case back.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in Bronze

Alongside copper, the bronze used by IWC also contains aluminium and iron. This specific composition makes the alloy around 50 per cent harder than standard bronze. Additional characteristics include the material’s exceptional biocompatibility and its ability to develop a unique patina over time, which will give each timepiece a distinct character and look of its own.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in Bronze

The warm colour of the bronze harmonises with the military green dial and the gold-plated hands. Both the hands and hour markers have been coated with a luminescent material to facilitate readability at night. The timepiece is fitted with a green buffalo leather strap with a unique texture.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in Bronze

The two new Spitfire models feature IWC’s EasXCHANGE system which allows the wearer to quickly and easily change the strap at the touch of a button without any additional tools. Several alternative strap options made from calfskin and rubber are also available as accessories.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in Bronze

These timepieces are equipped with the IWC-manufactured 82100 calibre movement. This high-end automatic movement features the efficient winding system developed by IWC’s former technical director Albert Pellaton during the 1950s, which uses the slightest movements of the rotor in either direction to wind the mainspring.

Other components, like the automatic wheel or the pawls, are made of virtually wear-free zirconium oxide ceramic. The movement has a power reserve of 60 hours.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire new model in Bronze

Both versions of the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire are available through IWC boutiques, authorised retail partners or online at IWC.com. They 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 Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Spitfire Ref. IW3297

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

Case, dial and strap

  • Ref. IW329701: Titanium case and crown, black dial, black hands, brown calfskin strap
  • Ref. IW329702: Bronze case and crown, green dial, gold-plated hands, green buffalo leather strap

Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Screw-in crown
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Water-resistance: 10 bar
Case diameter: 43 mm
Case height: 14.4 mm

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” Limited Edition, Ref. IW515202

IWC Schaffhausen has launched the Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince”, the first Big Pilot’s Watch with a chronograph function. The mechanical stopwatch is controlled via a single push-button which is beautifully integrated into the distinctive conical crown. Limited to 500 pieces, this “Le Petit Prince” edition features the characteristic deep-blue sunburst dial and a stainless-steel case.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” Limited Edition, Ref. IW515202

In the tradition of IWC’s special editions in honour of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s world-famous novel, the Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” features the signature deep-blue sunburst dial. It is complemented with a stainless-steel case and rhodium plated hands. In addition, the hands, indices, and applied numerals are embedded with luminous material to make the dial easier to read at night.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” Limited Edition, Ref. IW515202

The IWC-manufactured 59365 calibre is one of three in-house chronograph movements from IWC. Alongside the movements from the 69000 and 89000 calibre families, the 59360 calibre is the third chronograph developed and manufactured entirely in Schaffhausen.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” Limited Edition, Ref. IW515202

The IWC 59365 calibre was introduced in 2014 in the Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher (Ref. 5151). The first Portugieser with a monopusher, the Portugieser Hand- Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good, was presented in 2020.

Now, this ingenious mechanism provides a Big Pilot’s Watch with a chronograph function for the first time: The Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. 515202).

It is also the brand’s only chronograph movement that is wound manually: 70 revolutions of the crown are enough to build up the maximum power reserve of eight days (192 hours). It offers a power-reserve indication on the back of the movement, which can be seen through the sapphire-glass case back.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” Limited Edition, Ref. IW515202

In the traditional design, the mechanical stopwatch is operated using two pushers on the side of the case. The monopusher, on the other hand, can be started, stopped, and reset to zero via a single pusher integrated into the crown.

Operating the monopusher chronograph is remarkably simple. Pressing the pusher for the first time couples the chronograph mechanism to the fourth wheel of the base movement via the oscillating pinion, and a new timing phase begins. When the pusher is pressed a second time, the chronograph is uncoupled from the base movement. A stop time of up to 60 minutes is displayed on the totaliser at 12 o’clock. Pressing the pusher for a third time returns the chronograph second and minute hands to position zero.

As with other chronographs from IWC, individual switching states are controlled by a column wheel. In the 59360 calibre, the column wheel is particularly large, and its operation can be observed through the transparent case back. The tooth system on the lower level moves the column wheel forward by one position each time the pusher is activated. On the upper level, there is a circle comprising six vertical columns.

From these columns and the recesses in between them, three levers on the sides read the instructions. Depending on whether the levers rest on a column or fall into a recess, a different action is triggered. While chronographs with two pushers allow the addition of several short times before resetting the hands to zero, the monopusher executes the same program in an endless loop: “start chronograph”, “stop chronograph”, “reset hands”.

Mounted on the back of the base movement, the monopusher module consists of 66 smartly arranged parts and is a masterpiece of precision engineering. One challenge in chronograph design is that high forces act on the individual components when the mechanism is started, stopped, and reset to zero. Therefore, the intermediate wheel features a unique shape with optimised weight and inertia. This ensures that operating the chronograph affects the amplitude of the balance as little as possible.

The intermediate wheel and other critical components of the 59360 calibre are manufactured using the so-called Liga process. Based on photolithography, electroplating and micro-moulding, it enables the manufacture of parts with highly complex geometries and a level of dimensional accuracy that cannot be achieved using conventional machining techniques.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” Limited Edition, Ref. IW515202

Fitted with a brown calfskin strap with a folding clasp, the Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” is available through IWC boutiques, authorised retail partners or online on IWC.com. In addition, the timepiece is eligible for registration under the My IWC care programme and can benefit from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince”
Reference: IW515202

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 59365 mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 36
Power reserve: 192 h (8 days)
Winding: Hand-wound

Functions
Monopusher chronograph with minutes and seconds stop function
Power reserve display
Date display
Small hacking seconds

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 14.6 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistance: 6 bar

Dial
Deep blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués

Strap
Brown calfskin strap with folding clasp

Edition
Limited to 500 pieces

IWC Schaffhausen announces a new partnership with Boom Supersonic

Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has entered into a new partnership with Boom Supersonic, the company building the world’s fastest and most sustainable supersonic airliner. The collaboration is founded on both companies’ special relationship with time, their commitment to engineering excellence, and their dedication to incorporating sustainability across the entire supply chain. Within the scope of the partnership, IWC and Boom plan to share best practices to advance sustainable practices in their respective industries.

Founded in 2014 in Denver, Boom Supersonic aims to redefine commercial air travel by bringing sustainable, supersonic flights to the sky. The company’s supersonic airliner, Overture, will be net-zero carbon and capable of flying on 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) at twice the speed of today’s fastest passenger jets. Boom is aiming to roll out Overture in 2025, fly in 2026 and carry passengers by 2029.

boom supersonic plane

IWC Schaffhausen was founded in 1868 by the American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones. Combining traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern industrial technology from his homeland, he established the first centralized watch production in Switzerland. Today, IWC specializes in ingenious and easy-to-use complications like chronographs and calendars. The company has also acquired unique expertise in the field of advanced materials.

“Since engineering our first pilot’s watch in the 1930s, a passion for aviation has run like a common thread through the history of our brand. We have always worked with pioneers and supported them on their mission to conquer the skies. Driven by our shared commitment to engineering excellence and sustainability, we are proud to be joining forces with Boom Supersonic,” explains Franziska Gsell, CMO of IWC Schaffhausen.

“Boom is thrilled to be partnering with IWC on sustainability priorities. As a pioneer in sustainable design and manufacturing, IWC has a great deal of insight to offer others across industries. With our shared passion for the value of time, we look forward to our ongoing collaboration with IWC in helping to build the future of sustainable business,” says Kathy Savitt, President and Chief Commercial Officer of Boom Supersonic.

Whether it is about manufacturing the world’s fastest and most sustainable airliner or a complex mechanism like the movement of a mechanical watch: both Boom and IWC need to be at the pinnacle of engineering and constantly push the boundaries of physics. Boom, for example, uses sophisticated computer simulations and wind-tunnel testing to ensure the design of Overture is maximized for performance and fuel efficiency. What’s more, the manufacturing of thermal-stable carbon composite airframe components is a task that requires expert knowledge in material science.

IWC pioneered the use of titanium and ceramic in the watch industry during the 1980s and has since acquired a unique expertise in the field. Today, the company’s new engineering division, IWC Experimental, plays a crucial role in driving cutting-edge innovations in areas like g-force protection or the development of highly advanced technical materials such as Ceratanium®.

Finally, both companies have made it a priority to integrate sustainability across the entire value chain.

Boom Supersonic is expected to be the first commercial aircraft manufacturer to be net-zero carbon. For example, Overture will have a fuel-efficient design and be capable of using 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Boom also wants to ensure Overture can be recycled at the end of its useful life. Mechanical watches from IWC are engineered to last for generations and are intrinsically sustainable as such. However, they must be responsibly made. IWC leads the luxury watch industry with its comprehensive and transparent approach to sustainability, committing to biennial reporting and defining measurable targets.

From the responsible sourcing of materials or reducing the volume and weight of primary packaging to developing new and sustainable materials such as paper-based watch straps, IWC continuously improves every element of how it designs, manufactures, distributes, and services its products.

The partnership between Boom Supersonic and IWC Schaffhausen will see various joint projects in the future. For example, Boom and IWC will work together with a special focus on sustainability priorities. Both Boom and IWC are committed to sustainable manufacturing practices throughout the supply chains of their respective industries.

IWC Schaffhausen: Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604) & Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW395505)

Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen welcomes two new Ceratanium® models to its TOP GUN Pilot’s Watch range. Developed by IWC’s material engineers, Ceratanium® combines the lightness and structural integrity of titanium with a hardness and scratch-resistance similar to ceramic. In addition, this innovative material is also skin-friendly and highly resistant to corrosion.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium is the first watch from IWC with a Ceratanium® bracelet, which is lighter than steel and very comfortable to wear. The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium is the first TOP GUN model with a Timezoner® complication, allowing the wearer to change between different time zones effortlessly. Both novelties are powered by IWC-manufactured movements from the 52000 and 82000 calibre families.

Advanced performance materials such as ceramics, titanium and Ceratanium® are a signature feature of IWC’s TOP GUN pilot’s watches. They take their name from the legendary Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program, a rigorous course used by the US Navy to train its elite pilots in flying and tactical skills.

IWC’s TOP GUN watches are engineered to deliver ultimate performance and can withstand even the extreme strain pilots experience in the cockpit of a supersonic jet.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604)

The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604) features a case, crown and, for the first time, a bracelet made of Ceratanium®. As this material is based on a titanium alloy, the bracelet is around 30 percent lighter than a steel bracelet and extremely comfortable to wear.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604)

The black dial with gray numerals enhances the jet-black design. This TOP GUN model is powered by the IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre, visible through the tinted sapphire glass case back. The Pellaton winding system is fitted with components made of virtually wear-free ceramic and builds up a power reserve of seven days in two barrels.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604)

A single nightly switching impulse from the base movement drives the perpetual calendar. Its mechanical program automatically recognizes different month lengths and leap years and will require no correction until 2100.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604)

Another IWC speciality is the specific moon phase display, which depicts the moon as it is seen from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. It is so precise that it will only deviate by one day after 577.5 years. The annual production of this extraordinary timepiece will be limited to 150 pieces.

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW395505) is the first TOP GUN model with a Timezoner® complication.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW395505)

The watch can be set to a different time zone by simply pressing down and rotating the bezel. The hour hand, the 24-hour display and the date will move forwards or backwards in one-hour steps.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW395505)

This also works across the dateline and without losing a single second. The case is made of Ceratanium®, while the city ring is manufactured from ceramic. It contains the names of 24 cities, each one representing one of the international time zones. The numerals are printed in gray on the dial, while the numbers 12, 3, 6 and 9 are coated with a luminescent material.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW395505)

The jet-black tactical design is complemented with a tinted sapphire glass case back and a black rubber strap with textile inlay.

The IWC-manufactured 82760 calibre uses a Pellaton winding system reinforced with ceramic components to build up a power reserve of 60 hours in the mainspring. The annual production of the IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium will be limited to 500 pieces.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW395505)

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium and the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium are available now through IWC boutiques, authorized retail partners or online at IWC.com.

In addition, both timepieces are eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and thus benefit from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium, Ref. IW503604

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604)

Functions
Power reserve display
Perpetual Calendar with displays for the date, day, month, year in four digits and perpetual moon phase for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres
Small hacking seconds

Movement
IWC-manufactured caliber 52615
Mechanical automatic movement
Pellaton automatic winding system
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 54
Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)

Case
Ceratanium® case
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 15.4 mm
Glass: Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire glass back
Water-resistant: 6 bar

Dial
Black dial
Black hands

Bracelet
Ceratanium® bracelet with folding clasp

Model: IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner® Top Gun Ceratanium, Ref. IW395505

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW395505)

Functions
Date display
Central hacking seconds
Timezoner® function for setting another time zone using the rotating bezel
24-hour display for Worldtimer function

Movement
IWC-manufactured caliber 82760
Mechanical automatic movement
Pellaton automatic winding
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 22
Power: reserve 60 h

Case
Ceratanium® case
Ceramic rotating bezel
Diameter: 46 mm
Height: 15.1 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Water-resistance: 6 bar

Dial
Black dial
Black hands

Strap
Black rubber strap with textile inlay and pin buckle

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

On the occasion of the 78th Goodwood Members’ Meeting on 16th October 2021, Swiss luxury watch maker IWC Schaffhausen in partnership with the American die-cast toy car brand Hot Wheels™ unveiled the “IWC x Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” collector’s set.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

Limited to 50 pieces, the IWC x Hot Wheels™ “Racing Works” collector’s set contains the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC x Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” and the Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Racing Works Edition”, presented in a metal toolbox. The first set will be auctioned online by international auction house Bonhams with the proceeds going to the Two Bit Circus Foundation.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

Hot Wheels™ is leading brand in the automotive and toy industries (the world’s bestselling toy with 20,000 designs and over 8 billion cars sold). Introduced in 1968, Hot Wheels belongs to Mattel, a top global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

The first joint project between IWC and Hot Wheels™ was the release of a premium Hot Wheels Team Transport set in 2020, combining the IWC Racing 300 SL with its racing team transporter. The second release was an IWC-exclusive version of the Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which was made available recently. Now, IWC and Hot Wheels are combining two highly unique gems from Schaffhausen and El Segundo in the exclusive “IWC x Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” collector set, which will be made in a strictly limited edition of 50 pieces.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC x Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” (Ref. I W377904) features a 43-millimeter case made of grade 5 titanium. The dark grey matte color of the case results from an elaborate surface treatment in which the case components are first polished and then blasted.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

The case features a stunning engraving of the Hot Wheels flame logo on its side at 9 o’clock. The black dial is decorated with a subtle chequered racing flag pattern around the chronograph totalizers. Depending on the incidence of light, the laser-engraved squares alternate between a lighter and darker shade, giving the dial visual depth and a textured appearance. Powering the chronograph is the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre movement, which is visible through the smoked glass case back.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

The timepiece is fitted on a silver and black 1-piece textile strap, which picks up the color scheme of the IWC Racing Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

The set also includes the Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Racing Works Edition”. This exclusive Hot Wheels model was created by the Hot Wheels design team, sculpted, and detailed by Manson Cheung with graphics by Steve Vandervate and IWC designer Nicholas Schmidt.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

It’s one of the most detailed 1:64th Hot Wheels model ever created. Only 50 models have been manufactured exclusively in Hot Wheels’ prototyping workshop. This version features opening gullwing doors, a faithfully reproduced interior complete with bucket seats, roll cage and red sill trims, full external detailing including clear headlights with the MB Star braces and racing graphics. As this set will be a limited run of only 50 pieces, the car will take its place as one of the rarest official Hot Wheels models ever released.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC x Hot Wheels™ Racing Works” and the Hot Wheels Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Racing Works Edition” both bear the number 68 – a subtle nod to 1868 and 1968 respectively when IWC and Hot Wheels were founded.

The chronograph and the model car are presented in a bespoke metal toolbox in silver and black. The case also contains the instruction manual for the watch, a booklet about the project and a limitation plate with the individual corresponding set number.

Set number 1 will be auctioned for charity by Bonhams. The proceeds from the auction will go to the Two Bit Circus Foundation. The auction is live as of October 16th on www.bonhams.com/auction/27446.

Technical details

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “IWC X HOT WHEELS™ Racing Works”, Ref. IW377904

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

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

Case
Titanium case
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 14.9 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Sapphire glass back
Water-resistant 6 bar

Dial
Black dial with emblazoned pattern
Black hands

Strap
Black and silver textile strap

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watches Chronograph Editions “Royal Maces”, “Tophatters” and “Blue Angels®”

Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has launched three new chronographs in its Pilot’s Watches collection. The new ceramic models are directly inspired by timepieces that the brand created in the context of its military programme in collaboration with selected squadrons of the U.S. Navy.

The Pilot’s Watches Chronograph Editions “Royal Maces”, “Tophatters”, and “Blue Angels®” all feature the respective squadron patch on the dial and eye-catching details in the corresponding unit’s colour scheme.

Since 2018, IWC is licensed to work on watches for the entire U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aviation units, including Blue Angels® and the 247 active and 100 inactive squadrons. IWC has since collaborated with more than a dozen squadrons to create special editions that are exclusively available to present and former members.

Now, IWC releases three new chronographs in its Pilot’s Watches collection, which are directly inspired by the brand’s collaborations with U.S. Navy squadrons, marking the first time these designs are available to nonpilots. The annual production of these chronographs will be limited to 500 pieces each.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Editions "Royal Maces" Ref. IW389107 and "Tophatters" Ref. IW389108
IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Editions “Royal Maces” Ref. IW389107 and “Tophatters” Ref. IW389108

Strike Fighter Squadron 27, known as the “Royal Maces”, is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan and forms part of Carrier Air Wing 5. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Royal Maces” (Ref. IW389107) is inspired by the military-exclusive edition IWC has developed with members of the squadron.

The chronograph features a black zirconium oxide ceramic case. The pushers and the crown are made of Ceratanium®. The dial features the “Maces” patch at 6 o’clock and also has a yellow day-date indication. The yellow stitching on the strap, the tip of the chronograph seconds hand and the small seconds add details in the signature “Maces” colour.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Royal Maces Ref. IW389107

The case back is made of grade 5 titanium and features an engraving of the squadron’s F/A-18E Super Hornet jet next to the official squadron denomination “VFA-27”.

Naval Air Station Lemoore in California is the home base of The Strike Fighter Squadron 14, nicknamed “Tophatters”. Having formed in 1919, VFA-14 is the Navy’s oldest active squadron. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tophatters” (Ref. IW389108) has a case made of black zirconium oxide ceramic. The chronograph pushers and the crown are manufactured Ceratanium®.

Developed by IWC, this material is as light and robust as titanium and at the same time similarly hard and scratch-resistant like ceramic. The squadron’s patch with the classic top hat can be found at 6 o’clock on the dial and engraved on the titanium case back.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tophatters” Ref. IW389108

The day-date display, the tip of the chronograph seconds hand, the small seconds and the stitching on the black calfskin strap add more details in the squadron’s characteristic red.

Established in 1946, the “Blue Angels®” U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is currently made up of 141 members from the Navy and Marines. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels®” (Ref. IW389109) is the third timepiece to emerge from IWC’s license agreement.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels®”, Ref. IW389109
IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels®”, Ref. IW389109

Inspired by the military exclusive watch developed with Blue Angels members in Pensacola, the chronograph features a blue ceramic case. The bright blue colour is the result of mixing zirconium oxide with other metallic oxides. Here, too, the chronograph pushers and the crown are made of IWC-developed Ceratanium®.

The iconic “Blue Angels®” crest with the U.S. Navy Wings of Gold is at 6 o’clock on the dial; the characteristic lettering is engraved on the titanium case back. Yellow details are provided by the chronograph seconds hand, the small seconds and the day-date display at 3 o’clock. This watch is fitted with a blue rubber strap with textile inlay.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels®”, Ref. IW389109

The IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre movement powers the new chronographs. Consisting of 231 individual parts, this mechanical chronograph movement is engineered with a focus on robustness, reliability and precision. A column wheel controls the stopwatch function.

The bi-directional pawl-winding system supplies the movement with energy, building up a power reserve of 46 hours. The timepieces also feature a soft-iron inner case to protect the movement efficiently from the effects of magnetic fields. The front glasses are specially secured to avoid displacement in the case of sudden drops of air pressure.

The Pilot’s Watches Chronograph Edition “Royal Maces”, Edition “Tophatters” and Edition “Blue Angels®” will be available from September 9th through IWC boutiques, authorised retail partners or online on IWC.com. The timepieces are eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and thus benefit from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Royal Maces”, Ref. IW389107

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Royal Maces Ref. IW389107

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 69380
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
Ceramic case
Diameter: 44.5 mm
Height: 15.7 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Water-resistant 6 bar

Dial
Black dial
Black hands

Strap
Black calfskin strap with yellow stitching

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tophatters” Ref. IW389108

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Tophatters” Ref. IW389108

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 69380
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
Ceramic case
Diameter: 44.5 mm
Height: 15.7 mm
Glass Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Water-resistant 6 bar

Dial
Black dial
Black hands

Strap
Black calfskin strap with red stitching

Model: IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels®”, Ref. IW389109

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Blue Angels®”, Ref. IW389109

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 69380
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
Ceramic case
Diameter: 44.5 mm
Height: 15.7 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Water-resistant 6 bar

Dial
Blue dial
Black hands

Strap
Blue rubber strap with textile inlay

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. IW328101)

IWC Schaffhausen presents the Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”, the 15th special edition that the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has created to support the work of Laureus Sport for Good.

For the first time, a hard and scratch-resistant blue ceramic case complements the dial in the trademark Laureus blue. On the case back, there is an engraving of the winning entry from the drawing competition that IWC organizes each year within all the programmes of Laureus Sport for Good worldwide.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. IW328101)

“Sport has the power to change the world”. The work of Laureus Sport for Good follows this powerful guiding principle established by Laureus’ Founding Patron, Nelson Mandela. Currently, the foundation supports over 250 programmes in more than 50 countries worldwide, using sport to transform the lives of children and young people and end violence, discrimination, and disadvantage.

Since 2006, IWC has issued a special edition timepiece in honour of Laureus Sport for Good each year. The Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. IW328101) is the 15th Laureus special edition. It comes with an exclusive first: In addition to the dial in the trademark Laureus blue, a blue ceramic case has been used for the first time.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. IW328101)

On the blue dial designed to mimic a cockpit instrument, the time can be read at a glance. Thanks to the luminescent coating, this is possible even at night. A precise rate is ensured by the IWC-manufactured 32111 calibre movement. Thanks to an improved barrel construction, the mainspring can hold an impressive power reserve of five days. A soft iron inner cage effectively shields the movement from the effects of magnetic fields. Limited to 750 pieces, this sporty pilot’s watch is fitted with a blue rubber strap with textile inlay.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. IW328101)

As is the long-standing tradition with the Laureus special editions, the back of the case features a special highlight: The titanium case back is engraved with the winning design from the drawing competition that IWC organises every year within all the programmes supported by Laureus Sport for Good.

Vivir en Armonía

It was created by 12-year-old Melissa Mejía Castilla from Colombia and is entitled “Vivir en Armonía” (Living in Peace). Melissa participates in activities organised by Fundación Colombianitos – an organisation that, among other things, promotes gender equality through sport.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (Ref. IW328101)

The Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” is available immediately through IWC boutiques, authorized retail partners or online at IWC.com. In addition, the timepiece is eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and can benefit from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Edition “Laureus Sport for Good”
Ref. IW328101

Functions
Date and day display
Central hacking seconds

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 32111
Automatic mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 21
Power reserve: 120 h

Case, dial and strap
Blue ceramic case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 11.4 mm
Screw-in crown
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
Water-resistant 10 bar
Blue dial, black hands
Blue rubber strap with textile inlay

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4”

To support Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit, IWC Schaffhausen has donated a series of unique, space-themed Pilot’s Watch Chronographs representing the mission’s values of Leadership, Hope, Generosity and Prosperity.

The watches will be worn by the four crew members on their journey into space, before being auctioned as part of the mission’s aim to raise funds for and promote the life-saving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4”

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4” features a case made of stunning white ceramic. The dark blue lacquered dial has been pad-printed with countless stars and captures the depth and darkness of space. It also features the Inspiration4 logo. Inside beats the IWC-manufactured 69380 caliber chronograph movement.

On each of the four watches, the titanium case back has been engraved with the name and mission value represented by the respective crew member. The chronographs are fitted with an eye-catching white rubber strap with a leather inlay.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4”

Named Inspiration4 in recognition of the diverse, four person crew’s mission to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and send a humanitarian message of possibility, the multi-day journey to low-Earth orbit represents a new era for human spaceflight and exploration. The mission is the brainchild of Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old entrepreneur and accomplished pilot who will also serve as Commander.

The mission is set to launch in September from historical Launch Complex 39A a t NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will orbit the planet at an altitude of approximately 357 miles (575 kilometres) and a speed of more than 17,500 miles per hour (27,360 kph). After the multi-day journey, the crew will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere for a soft water landing off the coast of Florida.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4”

Four unique Pilot’s Watches representing the mission’s values of Leadership, Hope, Generosity and Prosperity will travel into space before being auctioned in aid of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

Isaacman occupies the Leadership mission seat and serves as Commander. He is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished commercial and military pilot who holds several aviation world records.

The mission seat representing Hope was awarded to Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a paediatric cancer survivor. Dr Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old entrepreneur and trained pilot, earned the mission seat representing Prosperity as the winning entrant in a business competition.

Finally, the Generosity mission seat will be occupied by Christopher Sembroski. The 41-yearold aerospace industry employee and United States Air Force veteran contributed to a fundraising campaign that offered an Inspiration4 seat to one lucky donor.

Technical details

Model: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4”
Ref. IW389110

Movement
IWC-manufactured caliber 69380
Automatic mechanical movement
Frequency: 28,800 vph / 4 Hz
Jewels: 33
Power reserve: 46 h

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

Case
White ceramic case
Diameter: 44.5 mm
Height: 15.7 mm
Glass: Sapphire, convex, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Water-resistant: 6 bar

Dial
Dark blue lacquered dial
Black hands

Strap
White rubber strap with leather inlay

IWC Expands Racing Family with Professional Driver Laura Kraihamer

IWC Schaffhausen has added professional racing driver Laura Kraihamer to the IWC racing family.

Born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1991, Kraihamer caught the racing bug at a young age from her older brother Dominik, who used to drive in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Laura Kraihamer
Laura Kraihamer

Beginning her career in the typical style, Kraihamer spent four years racing karts professionally before moving to the internal KTM series in 2012. Winning the KTM X-BOW Battle Endurance Championship in her first two seasons, she also landed a Rijeka test run.

In 2016, she was named vice-champion in her rookie drive in the GT4 European Series in Reiter Young Stars before securing a further two podiums in 2017. A third season of GT4 combined with appearances at several of 2018’s 24-hour events, including those at the Nordschleife and Barcelona’s CREVENTIC series, in which she finished second in her class.

In 2019, Kraihamer switched to ADAC GT4 Germany, claiming a win and two further podiums from 12 races. Last season, she competed in five different international series for KTM, including DTM Trophy races, Nürburgring 24 Hours races and Nürburgring Long Distance Series events, where she secured a podium.

Alongside driving in a second DTM Trophy season this year, the 29-year-old is also part of KTM’s car development and engineering team, playing a pivotal role in developing 2021’s new KTM X-BOW GTX.

As a new Friend of the Brand for IWC, Kraihamer joins IWC brand ambassador and Mercedes-AMG factory driver Maro Engel and Mercedes-AMG GT3 driver Maximilian Götz as members of IWC’s family of racers.

IWC and Airspeeder Announce Engineering and Timekeeping Partnership

Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has announced a new engineering and timekeeping partnership with Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying car racing series. Combining the passion both companies share for technological progress, human endeavour and sustainability, they will work together in pioneering this new form of motorsport to fast track a new era of clean-air mobility.

The Airspeeder racing series is the brainchild of founder Matt Pearson, who also runs Alauda, the world’s first performance electric flying car manufacturer. Taking inspiration from the role sport has traditionally played in advancing the cause of technology, Pearson’s visionary idea is to create a new kind of motorsport to accelerate the advanced air mobility revolution and transform passenger, logistical and even medical transportation.

Airspeeder, the world’s first electric flying car racing series

The planned global race series will eventually see a full grid of eVTOL (electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) craft, manufactured by Alauda, managed by individual teams and operated by elite pilots, compete at heights of up to 40m off the ground and at top speeds of 200km/h. The air races will take place on electronically-created tracks and be streamed globally, minimising the environmental impact of more complex logistics and infrastructure.

From its technical base in South Australia, the Airspeeder project has brought together some of the brightest minds in aviation, motor racing and performance automotive engineering from across the world.

Charged with envisioning a better future, the diverse team of engineers, specialists and pilots are encouraged to think innovatively to push the boundaries of technical excellence, a philosophy which IWC also shares. The new partnership reflects this common purpose and will establish a knowledge exchange to prompt technological progress within the engineering departments of both organisations.

IWC and Airspeeder Announce Engineering and Timekeeping Partnership

Airspeeder developed its first small-scale prototype performance eVTOL in 2017 and has continued to finesse the design ever since through computer modelling and simulation, as well as extensive testing.

The newest vehicle, the Mk3, is the world’s first fully functional electric flying racing car. With an overall aesthetic reminiscent of classic 1950s sportscars combined with racing drones, the speeders feature an octocopter layout, airfoil-profiled rotor arms, cutting-edge carbon-fibre composites and the latest EV battery technology. New advances in safety are delivered through a suite of technologies and engineering elements never before seen on an eVTOL craft.

These innovations include LiDAR and Radar collision avoidance systems that create a ‘virtual force field’ around the craft to ensure close but ultimately safe racing. Designed for maximum performance and aerial agility, they move through the air with precision and pace. An entire grid of these remotely piloted Mk3s is currently being built by Airspeeder, ahead of this year’s competitive pilotless events. The Mk4 is expected to launch in 2022, before the inaugural crewed season gets underway.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”

Introduced in May 2021, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” celebrates the partnership that has linked the Swiss luxury watchmaker and the German car manufacturer Mercedes-AMG since 2004.

The first IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph in titanium is powered by the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre movement and features a carbon fibre dial.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”

Crafted from automotive engineering materials, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” (Ref. IW377903) is IWC‘s first 43mm Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph featuring the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre, as well as the first Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph with a case made of extremely light and scratch-resistant titanium. The Grade 5 titanium finish gives the watch its matte grey appearance, inspired by AMG‘s signature Selenite Grey Magno paint finish.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”

The dial features precisely woven carbon fibre, a material directly derived from AMG‘s aero components. These parts are produced in a complex process involving heat and pressure and are known for their remarkable lightness and rigidity. The raw material is continuous carbon fibres, which are processed on weaving machines into textile structures, giving the end product its characteristic woven “carbon look”. The black carbon dial provides the perfect contrast to the silver chronograph sub-dials, reminiscent of motorsport instruments.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”

The all-around performance watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured calibre 69385, a robust and precise chronograph movement that enables stop time measurements of up to 12 hours. The chronograph function is controlled by a column wheel, an intricate component with two functional levels.

The Mercedes-AMG logo is emblazoned on the tinted sapphire crystal case back. The timepiece is fitted with a black embossed calf leather strap with contrast stitching and folding clasp.

IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”

With effect from 21st May 2021, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG” is available for pre-order at IWC.com, through IWC boutiques and authorised retail partners. The timepiece is eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and thus benefits from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “AMG”, Ref. IW377903

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

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

Case
Titanium case
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 14.9 mm
Screw-in crown
Glass: Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Sapphire glass back
Water-resistant: 6 bar

Dial
Carbon dial, black hands

Strap
Black leather strap

IWC Schaffhausen “10 Years of MR PORTER” Limited Edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

To celebrate MR PORTER’s first decade as the leading, global destination for men’s style, Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has partnered with MR PORTER to launch the “10 Years of MR PORTER” Limited Edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph.

This special collaboration is the first time both brands have developed an exclusive timepiece together – the watch is limited to only 110 pieces and is available exclusively on MR PORTER from Monday 3rd May in celebration of the 2021 anniversary year.

IWC Schaffhausen “10 Years of MR PORTER” Limited Edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

The “10 Years of MR PORTER” Limited Edition Pilot’s Chronograph is significant in that it highlights MR PORTER’s milestone year as a men’s style destination, alongside its development in becoming a defining retailer and destination for luxury watches and original watch editorials.

Sporting a completely unique colour scheme and pairing a bronze case with a black dial and soft Alcantara strap, the military-inspired features give a more casual and sartorial feel. The watch is engraved with “MR PORTER 10 Yrs Limited Edition” on the individually numbered titanium case-back.

IWC Schaffhausen “10 Years of MR PORTER” Limited Edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

A subtle nod to MR PORTER’s 10th Anniversary is showcased by a Super-Luminova® painted “10” o n the dial. The gold-tone Arabic numerals complement the warmth of the bronze case, with high-contrast white luminous inlay on the hands.

IWC Schaffhausen “10 Years of MR PORTER” Limited Edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

Its 41-millimetre case houses the IWC manufactured 69380 calibre chronograph movement. This robust, reliable and precise chronograph movement in a classic column wheel design is one of the latest developments by IWC’s engineers. A bi-directional pawl winding system reliably builds up a power reserve of 46 hours.

IWC Schaffhausen “10 Years of MR PORTER” Limited Edition Pilot’s Watch Chronograph

Technical details

Model: IWC “10 Years of Mr Porter” Limited Edition Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph
Ref. IW387907

Edition
Limited to 110 pieces

Movement
Swiss-made calibre 69380
Frequency: 28,800 vph/4 Hz
Power reserve: 46 h
Winding: Automatic

Functions
Hour, minute and second hands
Day and date window
Chronograph: small seconds, 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials

Case
Bronze case
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 15.3 mm
Titanium case-back
Crown for chronograph, date and time adjustments and manual winding
Sapphire glass crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Engraved case-back
Water-resistant: 6 bar

Dial
Black dial
Gold-tone luminescent hands, gold-tone Arabic numerals and indices

Strap
Alcantara strap
Black pin buckle

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing”

The Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing” by IWC Schaffhausen takes inspiration from the technical world of motorsport. The timepiece features IWC’s patented constant-force mechanism, which transmits even impulses of force to the escapement, ensuring a highly exact rate. The matte black Ceratanium® case of this futuristic timepiece houses the fully blacked-out 94800 mechanical hand-wound calibre.

The dynamic world of motorsport and the beauty of advanced racing machines have inspired the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing” (Ref. IW590501). Limited to 15 pieces, this unique timepiece combines IWC’s complex constant-force tourbillon with a matte black Ceratanium® case and the iconic Big Pilot’s Watch design.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing”

The 94800 calibre is one of the most complicated mechanical movements ever designed in Schaffhausen. The patented constant-force mechanism disengages the escapement from the direct flow of power through the wheel train and transmits completely even impulses of energy to the escape wheel.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing” movement

In conjunction with the tourbillon, which compensates for the negative influences of gravity on the oscillating system, this ensures a highly accurate rate. The plates and bridges are fully blackened having undergone an elaborate rhodium-plating process to match the colour of the case. The movement, which is reminiscent of an engine block, can be viewed through the sapphire glass back.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing” caseback view

The 46.2-millimetre case, striking conical crown and pin buckle are all made of Ceratanium®. This IWC-developed material is light and robust like titanium but also similarly hard and scratch-resistant like ceramic. Other characteristics of Ceratanium® are its skin-friendliness and unique matte black finish.

The dial side offers the dazzling views of the constant-force tourbillon at 9 o’clock. The watch also incorporates a double moon phase display at 2 o’ clock for the northern and southern hemispheres. White numerals and yellow-coloured accents imitate a dashboard, while the power reserve display at 4 o’clock is reminiscent of a tachometer.

The louvred, ring-shaped structure of the outer dial ring takes inspiration from the cold air intakes of a high-performance engine. The black rubber strap incorporates a detail from the world of racing. It features an inlay made of Alcantara®, a synthetic and durable micro-fibre with superb grip, which is often used for the seats and steering wheel covers of performance cars.

Technical details

Model: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing” Ref. IW590501

Functions
Power reserve display
Tourbillon with integrated constant-force mechanism
Perpetual moon phase display for both northern and southern hemispheres

Movement
IWC manufacture calibre 94800
Mechanical movement
Frequency: 18,000 vph/2.5 Hz
Jewels: 41
Power reserve: 4 days (96h)
Winding: Hand-wound

Case
Ceratanium® case and crown
Glass: Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire glass back
Screw-in crown
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 13.5 mm

Dial
Black dial, black hands

Strap
Rubber strap with Alcantara® inlay

Edition
Limited to 15 watches

Other IWC Timepieces with the Constant-Force Tourbillon Complication

About Constant Force Mechanism

As the tension in the mainspring of a mechanical watch decreases, so too does the balance amplitude, which can negatively impact the watch’s accuracy. IWC’s patented constant-force mechanism ensures an absolutely even supply of power to the escapement and delivers unprecedented precision.

The movement of a mechanical watch consists of a driving force and a brake: at one end, the mainspring feeds energy into the system, while at the other end; the escapement divides this energy into evenly distributed small portions. The balance wheel sets the pace in which the anchor stops and releases the wheel train. This way, the escapement ensures that the hands of the watch will move forward in simultaneous steps.

One specific challenge, however, has faced inventors and watchmakers for centuries. When a watch is fully wound, the mainspring generates its maximum torque, and that results in maximum amplitude. As the tension in the barrel decreases, less power is delivered through the wheel train to the escapement, and the oscillations of the balance become smaller. This phenomenon, a drop in amplitude, can harm the accuracy of the watch.

For the balance oscillations to remain even at all times, the power transmitted through the wheel train and the escapement must likewise always be consistent. However, as long as the flow of power to the balance is continuous, decreasing tension in the mainspring inevitably influences the amplitude. Various solutions have been designed to convert diminished energy from the mainspring into constant momentum with the help of an additional mechanism.

IWC’s patented constant force mechanism integrates an additional escapement between the escape wheel and the fourth wheel. Every second, this winds a balance spring that serves as a temporary storage space and keeps the escape wheel supplied with sufficient energy to keep the balance moving. The trick is simple: the angle by which the additional balance spring is wound every second remains the same, which in turn means that the energy supplied to the escapement also remains constant. Even when the tension in the mainspring decreases, the balance continues to oscillate with virtually the same amplitude.

Integrated into a tourbillon, the innovative constant force mechanisms were first used in the Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia and later the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon. The frequency of the constant-force tourbillon has purposely been set at 2.5 Hz to enable the system to wind the balance spring once every second. Most recently, the constant-force tourbillon also appeared in the Portugieser and Pilot’s Watches collections.

At the heart of the constant-force mechanism is a form of Swiss club-tooth lever escapement. A triangular cam is mounted on the escape wheel pinion. The cam engages with the fork-shaped constant-force lever, which grips the so-called stop wheel with its two pallets at the other end.

When the escape wheel has advanced five steps, it releases the stop wheel. It revolves through 30 degrees before being locked again. The process is repeated after five beats of the balance. At 18,000 beats per hour, this sequence also determines the progress of the second hand mounted on the tourbillon cage.

Every rotation of the cage also turns a pinion on the escape wheel staff, which meshes with the fixed fourth wheel. It winds the balance spring (situated below the escape wheel), which supplies a constant impulse of force to the balance.

The IWC-manufactured 94800 calibre with twin barrels drives the tourbillon and the constant-force mechanism. The two barrels supply enough power to keep the mechanism running reliably for about 48 hours. After two days, the available torque is no longer sufficient. At this point, the tourbillon automatically reverts to normal mode and advances at the rate of five steps a second, at the same speed as the beats in the balance.

Assembling a constant-force tourbillon is a severe test of patience for even the most experienced speciality watchmaker. It takes them a full two weeks to assemble the mechanism that weighs in at just 0.7 grams and consists of 104 individual parts. Exceptionally high demands are also placed on the manufacturing of the components.

For example, the constant force lever and cam are manufactured using the LIGA process combined with X-ray exposure. This method allows the production of remarkably homogenous microstructures with a degree of precision of which conventional manufacturing technologies would not be even remotely capable.

IWC Schaffhausen Appoints Chinese Fashion Entrepreneur Lu Yan as Its Brand Ambassador

Swiss luxury watch brand IWC Schaffhausen has appointed fashion entrepreneur Lu Yan as its newest brand ambassador. Following a globally successful career as one of the first Chinese supermodels, Yan is now the founder of COMME MOI, an internationally-renowned women’s’ wear label she set up in 2013.

She is widely regarded as one of China’s first supermodels. After starting her modelling career in France in 1999, she enjoyed incredible global success, gracing runways and magazine covers worldwide. In 2013 Yan decided to retire from modelling to launch her own womenswear label.

IWC Schaffhausen Appoints Chinese Fashion Entrepreneur Lu Yan as Its Brand Ambassador

Still at the helm of COMME MOI, eight years later, her hands-on role encompasses everything from design to production, supply chain to marketing. Her versatility of purpose and sustainable outlook inspires the signature style of her designs, known for their luxurious minimalism and practical wearability.

With 15 stores in Mainland China, the label is a firm fashion favourite, so much so that Yan was awarded a position on The Business of Fashion 500, the definitive professional index of industry leaders.

As well as being incredibly influential in the Chinese fashion industry, Yan has long been a devoted charity campaigner. She participated in Teach China’s volunteering program, ‘Hands up and change the future in two years’ and is also a dedicated advocate for education.

As part of its wide ranging commitment to sustainability, IWC works hard to promote education and young people’s wellbeing and has done so for many years through its various charitable projects, including Laureus Sport for Good and the Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Founded by Lu Yan in 2013, COMME MOI is French for ‘like me’, reflecting the brand ideology to enable modern women to approach life with a dynamic attitude and to swiftly transition from one role to another, professionally and personally. Every design aims to empower the woman wearing it to express her authentic self. By offering effortlessly chic pieces made from high-quality fabric tailored to perfection, COMME MOI collections are distinguished by their expert craftsmanship and perfect attention to detail.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43

Unveiled at the digital Watches & Wonders exhibition in April 2021, IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is a faithful interpretation of the iconic observation watch of the 1940s. This new model features an ergonomic 43-millimetre stainless steel case.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43

Available with either a black or blue dial, it is powered by the IWC-manufactured 82100 calibre with Pellaton winding, which is visible through a sapphire glass back.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43

With its striking conical crown, strap with four rivets, and open and legible dial, no other model expresses the essence of IWC’s aviator watches like the Big Pilot’s Watch. Its uncompromising functional design, in the style of an easy-to-read cockpit instrument, was inspired by a 1940s military observation watch.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43

The oversized crown is another detail the modern Big Pilot’s Watch shares with its historical ancestor; it originally allowed pilots to operate their watch even when wearing their padded flight gloves. Initially reintroduced in 2002 under the designation ‘Big Pilot’s Watch Ref. 5002’, the design has stayed true to its utilitarian DNA ever since, undergoing only marginal changes.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43

Now, IWC is adding a new chapter to this success story: The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 (Ref. IW3293). An authentic interpretation of the iconic design, without either a date window or a power reserve display, it features a 43-millimetre stainless steel case for enhanced ergonomics and wearability.

Three references are available:

  • Ref. IW329301: Stainless steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands, brown calf leather strap.
  • Ref. IW329303: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, blue calf leather strap.
  • Ref. IW329304: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, stainless steel bracelet.

Powering the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is the IWC manufactured 82100 calibre. The automatic movement has been engineered with a focus on maximum precision and reliability. It features the highly efficient automatic winding system developed by Albert Pellaton, which uses the rotor’s smallest movements in either direction to wind the mainspring.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43Ref. IW329301: Stainless steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands, brown calf leather strap.
IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Ref. IW329301: Stainless steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands, brown calf leather strap.

Components like the automatic wheel or the pawls that mesh with it are made of virtually wear-free zirconium oxide ceramic. The manufacturing of such small ceramic parts presents a huge engineering challenge.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43Ref. IW329303: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, blue calf leather strap.
IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Ref. IW329303: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, blue calf leather strap.

When fully wound, the mainspring stores 60 hours of power. The movement has been elaborately decorated with circular graining and can be observed through a sapphire glass back.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43Ref. IW329304: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, stainless steel bracelet.
IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Ref. IW329304: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, stainless steel bracelet.

The new EasX-CHANGE system has been developed with a focus on user-friendliness. It enables the wearer to quickly and easily change the strap and adapt the watch swiftly to different surroundings or activities. You can find a wide range of accessories, such as calfskin and rubber straps in attractive colours, as well as a new stainless steel bracelet with a fine adjustment clasp system for improved comfort and ergonomics at IWC boutiques or online at IWC.com.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch 43

A reworked case construction also ensures the watch is now water-resistant to 10 bar/100 meters.

The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 will be available from May 2021 through IWC boutiques, authorised retail partners or online at IWC.com. All three references are eligible for registration under the My IWC care program and thus benefit from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43, Ref. IW3293

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

Case, dial and straps

  • Ref. IW329301: Stainless steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands, brown calf leather strap
  • Ref. IW329303: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, blue calf leather strap
  • Ref. IW329304: Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands, stainless steel bracelet

Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 10 bar
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 13.6 mm
Screw-in crown
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
See-through sapphire glass back

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

IWC Schaffhausen has launched the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar at the digital Watches & Wonders exhibition. The timepiece with a stainless steel case and a blue dial continues the long-standing tradition of perpetual calendar watches in the Big Pilot’s collection.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

Developed in the 1980s by Kurt Klaus, IWC’s legendary perpetual calendar automatically recognizes different month lengths and leap years. Featuring a Pellaton winding system fitted with ceramic components, the IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre is visible through the sapphire glass back.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

Since the first Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar was released in 2006 in a limited edition of 25 pieces in platinum, no less than 37 versions of the iconic Big Pilot’s design with a perpetual calendar have been issued.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

With the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605), the legendary complication marks its return to the classic collection. The timepiece features a stainless steel case, a blue dial and rhodium-plated hands. The date display and power reserve are located at 3 o’clock, the month display at 6 o’clock. The weekday display and the small seconds share the subdial at 9 o’clock. The double moon phase display at 12 o’clock correctly depicts the moon phase for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and only needs to be adjusted by one day after 577.5 years.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

Developed in the 1980s by IWC’s former head watchmaker Kurt Klaus, the perpetual calendar automatically recognises different month lengths as well as leap years. The ingenious mechanical programme will not require any manual correction until 2100 when the leap year due will be omitted based on an exemption rule in the Gregorian calendar.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

Another distinguishing feature is the four-digit year display. An additional century slider is included within the case, enabling this timepiece to show the year until 2499. With all its displays perfectly synchronised, the calendar can be set easily via a single crown, offering a degree of user-friendliness that is unparalleled in the domain of mechanical calendars.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

The IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre drives the calendar module using a single nightly switching impulse. The automatic movement comprises 386 components and was engineered with a focus on maximum precision and quality. The Pellaton automatic winding system builds up a power reserve of seven days in two barrels. Parts of the winding mechanism that are subject to high stresses are made of virtually wear-free ceramic. The decorated movement is visible through a glass back.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar (Ref. IW503605)

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar is available from 7th April 2021 through IWC boutiques, authorized retail partners or online at IWC.com. The timepiece can be registered under the My IWC care program and thus benefits from a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.

Technical details

Model: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar, Ref. IW503605

Functions
Power reserve display
Perpetual Calendar with displays for the date, day, month, year in four digits and perpetual moon phase for both northern and southern hemispheres
Small hacking seconds

Movement
IWC manufacture calibre 52615
Mechanical movement
Pellaton automatic winding system
Frequency: 28,800 vph/4 Hz
Jewels: 54
Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
Winding: Automatic

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 15.4 mm
Glass: Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Glass secured against displacement caused by drops in air pressure
Screw-in crown
See-through sapphire glass back
Water-resistant: 6 bar

Dial
Blue dial, rhodium-plated hands

Strap
Blue calf leather strap

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL Limited Edition (Ref. IW357201)

IWC Schaffhausen has presented the Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL at the digital Watches and Wonders exhibition, the first watch to feature the brand’s patented new shock absorber system.

Developed over eight years, the SPRIN-g PROTECT system is based on a cantilever spring that suspends the movement inside the case. Thanks to its perfect form and the use of Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG), the spring protects the movement against the g-forces generated during impacts on the watch. In impact tests conducted at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, a protected movement has survived accelerations in excess of 30,000 g.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL Limited Edition (Ref. IW357201)

The Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL (Ref. IW357201) is the first IWC watch to feature the patented SPRIN-g PROTECT system. A t the heart of this system is a cantilever spring that protects the movement against the g-forces generated by impacts on the watch. It cushions the movement, allowing it to keep moving independently of the case before bringing it to a stop more gently.

The key to this performance lies in the spring’s perfect form and the material used to make it. The spring has been designed to evenly spread the stress across its length and width. Solving this challenge required advanced simulation tools and a painstaking design process. A second decisive factor is the choice of Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) as a material.

A sophisticated manufacturing process gives BMG an amorphous microstructure, with the result that it is significantly more elastic than conventional metals. An ultra lightweight titanium casing ring further reduces the mass that the shock absorber must hold. Another innovation is a unique crown system with a winding stem that allows the movement to displace independently of the case.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL Limited Edition (Ref. IW357201)

Reducing the mass to be protected by the spring is critical for the system’s overall performance. The IWC manufactured 32115 calibre used for this watch is a custom-made lightweight construction. Components like the base plate are made from a high-tech aluminium alloy used in the aerospace sector, which is light and highly rigid. The bidirectional pawl winding system builds up a power reserve of 120 hours.

To put the SPRIN-g PROTECT system through its paces under the most realistic conditions, IWC collaborated with the Fracture & Shock Physics group at the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University in England, U.K. The scientists used laser-based measurement methods and high-speed video recording to analyse the effects that impacts show on the movement. During these comprehensive tests, protected movements have survived the extreme forces from accelerations in excess of 30,000 g.

IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL Limited Edition (Ref. IW357201)

The XPL in the name of the watch stands for “experimental” and refers t