Last year IWC did a complete overhaul of its range of Pilot’s watches with over a dozen new models from small to large, three-hander to perpetual calendar. But as IWC is wont to do, it has just announced a handful of new aviator’s watches, including a Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage in bronze (ref. IW501005).
Despite the influx of bronze cases in recent times, having the trademark IWC pilot’s watch now available in this patina-prone alloy is still something that’s distinct and desirable.
The watch has a case measuring 46.2mm, with a dial also retro-inflected with cream-coloured Super-Luminova for the markers and hands. Notably, the hands are blued steel, as they were on the original, Second World War Beobachtungsuhr (navigator’s watch) IWC made for the German airforce. Together, the blue hands and faux-vintage lume explain the Heritage moniker.
Like the stock Big Pilot’s Watch, the bronze version is powered by the cal. 52110, an automatic with a seven-day power reserve and IWC’s patented Pellaton winding mechanism. The case has a titanium back (bronze can cause a skin rash), as well as a soft iron inner cage to protect the movement form magnetism.
The bronze Big Pilot is limited to 1500 pieces.
Titanium is an eminently sensible case material for the Big Pilot’s Watch, the watch being large and titanium, lightweight. It took a while for IWC to unveil a Big Pilot in the alloy, but finally it has.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage in titanium (ref. IW501004) has the exact same “Heritage” dial with cream Super-Luminova and blue steel hands, except the case is titanium. It’s shares the same specs – 46.2mm case and the seven-day, cal. 52110 inside. Unlike the bronze version, the titanium model is part of the regular collection.
Price and availability
Both the Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage in titanium or bronze are both priced at US$13,200, and will be available from November 2017 at IWC retailers and boutiques.
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