IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun IW389001

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun IW389001 and the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar IW389002 are very similar, using the same movement and having the dial arrangement with combined analogue totalizer for chronograph minutes and hours at the top of the dial. They both use the same in-house 89361 movement. They are different…

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377719

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW3777 family

IWC have been making their Pilot’s Watch Chronograph since 2006, and this year, this family of IW3777 watches have only minimal differences with respect to the series introduced in 2012. The dial has been tidied up, removing the minute numerals that were previously incorporated into the chapter ring, and removing the triple date display. Apart…

IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition Antoine de Saint Exupéry IW371808

This pilot’s watch by IWC is distinctive for its tobacco brown dial and calfskin strap with cream-coloured contrasting stitching, one of the brand’s hallmarks for its watches made in cooperation with charity organization Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is a close relation to the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince,” reference IW371807, presented…

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun IW502001

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun IW502001

This watch is one of IWC’s purest pilot watch designs, with just the date and power reserve subdial added to the classic layout. The 2016 version presented at SIHH in January has been slightly reduced in size, from 48 to 46 mm, 15 mm thick, with black ceramic case, titanium caseback and screw-in conical crown.…

IWC Pilot's Watch Mark XVIII

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII

The IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII comprises three references that are entry-level models and are also the closest thing to a 1940s pilot’s watch in the 2016 IWC collection. They have calfskin straps made by Santoni, with the Italian fashion footwear brand’s signature orange lining, or a metal bracelet. The 40mm case (11 mm…

IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph IW395001

IWC’s new Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph has an interesting complication: a world time function based on a sprung rotating bezel that you have to depress to turn, and which shows the time and date in another time zone, along with the 24-hour hand that functions as a day/night indicator. It has a busy dial, but…

Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 IW324003

IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 reference IW3240

These watches by IWC translate the pilot’s watch aesthetic into dimensions that seem small today, but that are wholly justified by historical watches. The original IWC Mark XI was 35 mm in diameter and so a millimetre smaller than the new models. Today, 36-mm watches of this type are ideal for people with smaller wrist…

Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 reference IW510401

IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage 55 IW510401

Make no mistake about it, IWC’s latest collection of pilot’s watches presented on 18 January at SIHH in Geneva is phenomenal, a whole range of timepieces that includes technically innovative watches such as the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph in which a second time zone can be set by turning the bezel, and pilot’s watches in…

Two new pilot’s watches by IWC Schaffhausen

Four years after the last pilot’s watch collection by IWC Schaffhausen presented at SIHH in 2012, this year the brand is once again renewing its range of watches inspired by historic aviation patterns. IWC’s production in this area is significant because amongst the brands making versions of the classic Second World War B-Uhr watches (Beobachtungs-uhren,…

The rising trend of watches for him and her

Watches for him and her – his and hers watches, couples watches or pairing watches – have been an important trend in Asia – above all China, Korea and Japan – for many years, and there are signs that it is gradually moving westwards. As purchases by tourists visiting Europe are increasingly important in boutiques’…

The Battle of Switzerland

IWC‘s history includes a less familiar episode of the Second World War. In the 1930s IWC had a close link to aviation because both sons, Hans and Rudolf, of the Manufacture’s owner at the time, Ernst Jakob Homberger, were pilots. Rudolf was an officer in the Swiss Air Force, and saw action on many occasions…

Two new pilot’s watches by IWC

Lots of people like pilot’s watches, and luckily, IWC like them too. While awaiting SIHH 2016 which (I think) will see IWC renewing its pilot’s watches collection, they are offering new versions of existing watches. Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” is dedicated to…

IWC Portugieser Chronograph IW3714

This was introduced in 1998 and soon became the most popular Portuguese (now Portugieser) model, with its functional chronograph function, reliable movement, and moderate case size at 40.9 mm diameter and 12.3 mm thickness making it accessible to most men and many women. Movement The calibre 79350 automatic movement runs at 28,800 vph (4 Hertz)…

IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph IW3905

The IWC Yacht Club was a three-hander watch until 2010, when the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph was presented. The 2015 version has been modified to a degree, above all in some design touches. Most importantly, the case diameter has been reduced from 45.4 to 43.5 millimetres. It is intended as a watch for yachtsmen and…

IWC Portugieser Automatic IW5007

Like the original 1930s Portugieser, the Automatic IW5007 is large, simple and reliable. The design of the Portugieser Automatic was presented in 2000, and in comparison with the previous version, the IW5007 remains unchanged in terms of dial design. What changes is the movement, now the 52010 calibre, part of the 52000 family of movements…