This year is about the pilot watch for IWC. Obviously, there is a blend of standard, non-restricted models just as a couple of over the top restricted versions. Like this Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” . The watch we’re seeing today falls into this last classification, in spite of the fact that it maybe not exactly as irregular. This is the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”.
This new watch is, obviously, not the first run through that IWC has combined a perpetual calendar with a chronograph in one of its pilot’s watches. This has just existed previously, yet frequently with a Valjoux-based development and Kurt Klaus’ module on top (obviously). Here, the base development is currently made in-house – which, once more, isn’t a curiosity fundamentally, anyway the QP/Chrono combo with in-house development was, up to this point, held to the advanced calendar complication. Here, we have the in-house 89xxx base with a “normal” looking QP, a first for the Pilot’s collection.
Presented in a 43mm 18ct red gold case estimating 15.9mm thick, it has all the “Le Petit Prince” trademarks. These incorporate a striking sunburst blue dial, gold-plated propeller-molded hands with lengthened tips and adapted applied Arabic numerals and an earthy colored calf leather tie. The dial is justifiably occupied yet in common IWC-style is still very legible.
Hours and minutes are shown midway, alongside the chronograph hand. Running seconds are coordinated into the month show on the sub-dial at six o’clock. The date and day of the week are appeared on sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock individually, while the last sub-dial at 12 o’clock houses the combined hour and moment aggregator for the chronograph, just as the perpetual moon stage. The year is appeared through a little opening somewhere in the range of 7 and 8 o’clock.
To be reasonable it’s nothing we haven’t seen before from IWC (beside the way that this is the first run through this combination has been made available in one of their pilot’s watches). The company has been fabricating incredible perpetual calendar watches since IWC legend Kurt Klaus built up the complex system in the 1980’s. Built from only 80 or so parts, it will work until 2100 without waiting be changed. The showcases for date, day, month, moon stage and year are completely synchronized and can be changed through the crown if the watch isn’t worn for a drawn out period.
Inside is the in-house made type 89630. This is a similar development IWC utilized for the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph . It offers a segment wheel, vertical grasp, flyback, programmed chronograph with 68 Hours of force save and a cutting edge 4Hz recurrence. Klaus’ perpetual calendar module is appended on top. It’s visible through a sapphire caseback and is outfitted with a 18-carat gold wavering weight.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW392202) will be offered as a restricted release of 250 pieces. Cost will be EUR 41,700. More subtleties at www.iwc.com .