IWC introduces the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (Ref. IW327001/IW327002/IW327011), three new models in stainless steel. Featuring either a black (Ref. IW327001/IW327011) or silver-plated (Ref. IW327002) dial, they have one thing in common: a reduction to essentials. The contrasting dial and displays come very close to the ideal of the classic pilot’s watch – hardly surprising when you recall that the designers took their inspiration from the 1930s Junkers Ju 52 cockpit instruments, which have served as the model per se for classic pilot’s watches.
The displays are round, generously sized and clearly arranged. The Arabic figures, big and round, stand proudly in position, with just two exceptions: instead of a “12”, we see a white triangle with a single dot on either side for better legibility, and at “3 o’clock” a date window, as a concession to modernity.
Engraved into the reverse side of the watch is a depiction of a Ju 52. Buyers have the choice of either a strap or bracelet. Two models (Ref. IW327001/IW327002) are available with a stylish Santoni black calfskin strap, which is lined with orange leather on the inner surface. A third model (Ref. IW327011) is sold with a stainless-steel bracelet. Two-tone textile straps, inspired by the historic Nato straps, are now also additionally available for all Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII models.
Pricing is as follows:
Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Ref IW327001: $6,250 Singapore Dollars (Suggested Retail Price)
Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Ref: IW327002: $6,250 Singapore Dollars (Suggested Retail Price)
Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII RefIW 327011 with stainless steel bracelet: $7,650 Singapore Dollars (Suggested Retail Price)
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Mechanical movement – Date display – Central hacking seconds – Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields – Screw-in crown – Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure – Special back engraving
Frequency 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Power reserve 42 h Winding Automatic
Ref. IW327001: Stainless-steel case, black dial, black calfskin strap by Santoni, stainless-steel pin buckle
Ref. IW327002: Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, black calfskin strap by Santoni, stainless-steel pin buckle
Ref. IW327011: Stainless-steel case, black dial, stainless-steel bracelet with fine-adjustment clasp
Glass Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant 6 bar
Diameter 40 mm
Height 11 mm