The distinct cockpit instrument-inspired IWC Pilot’s watch collection has welcomed some new members into its family in time for Watches & Wonders 2021. Influenced by a functional military observation watch, the new releases from the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch collection accompany a brand new and compact Pilot’s Watch Chronograph.
The IWC Big Pilot’s watch is a cultural icon amongst an already-heavily saturated market. The first model was born around the time of the turn of the millennium and was based on the original 1940’s Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 T.S.C. (reference IW436) boating the world’s largest-ever pilot’s watch at a 55mm diameter. Since then, there have been many iterations of the model, from simple three-handed pilot’s watches to chronographs to perpetual calendars. This year IWC has extended its pilot’s watch lines once again with some incredibly beautiful models including a new down-sized 43mm Big Pilot’s Watch, a Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar in blue and steel and a new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph in a down-sized 41mm case with a captivating green dial. Let’s take a look at these new IWC watch releases for 2021.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 IW329303
The new Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most important launches this year – a down-sized version of the larger 46.2mm famous Big Pilot’s watch but without the power reserve and date complication that has always featured throughout the series. This addition to the manufacturer’s pilot watch catalogue builds further on IWC’s rich heritage in supplying instrument watches to some of the world’s top pilots within the aviation industry. The new and smaller dial is a sun-brushed blue colour with a white painted minute track, bold oversized and Super-LumiNova-coated Arabic numerals and a set of luminous central hour and minute hands that accompany a slim second hand.
In addition to the new case sizing, the height of the stainless steel watch has also been reduced by 2mm to measure 13.6mm depth. The case retains its familiar slim polished bezel and easy-grip conical crown but instead offers slenderer lugs for a more ergonomically comfortable fit against the wrist. Compared to the usual 60-meter water resistance, the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is now 100-meter water-resistant. The Calibre 82100 is in-house designed and featured last year in the Portugieser 40mm, boasting a Pellaton Winding system and promising a 60-hour power reserve. Most of the technical parts of the engine, combined with traditional Geneve decoration are put on show through a sapphire-backed case.
The new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is completed on a blue calfskin strap with contrast stitching down the sides and has been integrated with the Maison’s EasX-CHANGE system, enabling an effortless switch-over of straps or bracelets without requiring tools. Its design is closer to the original 1940s watch than ever before, with a design that clearly devotes itself to maximum legibility. No doubt, the new 43mm Big Pilot’s watch from IWC will appeal to those looking for a smaller case size and a simpler dial.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar IW503605
No other version of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch has featured throughout the collection as much as the 37 iterations of the perpetual calendar. Designed in the 1980s by Kurt Klaus, it was programmed to recognise the leap years and dates within each month, right up until the year 2100 when an exception to the Gregorian Calendar rule will occur. Nevertheless, the year aperture nestled between 7 and 8 o’clock will run up until the year 2499 thanks to an additional century slider integrated into the case. The sun-brushed blue dial of the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar features the typical four-counter layout. The dial and its in-house developed movement are housed inside a 46.2mm stainless steel case integrated with 60-meter water resistance. The hands and Arabic numeral hour markers are treated with Super-LumiNova and accompany the moonphase for both Northern and Southern hemispheres at 12 o’clock, a date and power reserve display at 3 o’clock, a month counter at 6 o’clock and a small second and day-of-the-week counter at 9 o’clock. The new blue and steel IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar is powered by the Calibre 52615 which builds up a power reserve of 7 days thanks to two barrels and features a Pellaton Winding System. To finish, the model comes complete on a blue calfskin strap with a stainless steel folding clasp engraved with the IWC lettering.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 IW388104
The new IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is a brand new take on the Maison’s quintessential pilot’s watch. It features a new 41mm stainless steel case and a stunning green sun-brushed green dial. The no-nonsense chronograph by IWC has served the collection well since the company’s Flieger watches relaunched in the 1990s. The new utilitarian model comes with several interesting upgrades to its design including a new in-house movement. The classic chronograph from the collection has always measured a larger 43mm but now also boasts a case height reduced by 1mm, so this iteration will certainly appeal to those looking for a more compact pilot’s steel chronograph.
The thin bezel, the characteristic push-pieces and the ergonomically refined lugs are all still present in the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41, albeit with a water mark that has now been moved up to 100 meters. Another update includes its sapphire crystal glass exhibition caseback, offering a view into the Calibre 69285. Developed with a focus on reliability and robustness, the column wheel movement offers a power reserve of 46 hours and boasts a bidirectional pawl winding system. The 6-9-12 layout on the green dial comprises small seconds, 12-hour and 30-minute functions respectively – each one adorned with a concentric pattern. The dial also features the triangular index at 12 o’clock and the legible white day-date feature at 3 o’clock. Completed on a stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp, the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 in green certainly embodies all the characteristics of the reliable and legible aviation instrument but with some desirable modifications for improved wearability.
For more information on the new IWC Schaffhausen releases for Watches & Wonders 2021 view our IWC Pilot’s Watch Collection now at Berry’s Jewellers, contact us on Live Chat via our website or speak to one of our knowledgeable team members on 0113 201 0512.