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New Release: IWC Unveils Three New Pilot’s Watches to Celebrate the Company’s 150th Anniversary

by Frank Chuo on January 17, 2018

IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled three limited-edition Pilot’s Watches at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva as part of the Jubilee collection to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary.

The brand is adding three models to its Pilot’s Watch line in its anniversary year. All three models feature the design of the Jubilee collection. They can be recognised by their characteristic dials produced using a complex lacquering process in white or blue.

 

Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “150 Years”

The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW502708) is the only model in the collection with an annual calendar. Production is limited to 100 watches with a stainless steel case, blue dial with lacquered finish, and rhodium-plated hands.

The annual calendar has an American-format display for the month, date and day in three separate windows on the dial and requires adjustment only once a year at the end of February. The Pellaton winding of the IWC-manufactured calibre 52850 comes with wear-proof ceramic components and generates a 7-day power reserve in two barrels. The movement is visible through the sapphire-glass back.

 

Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition “150 Years”

The Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition “150 Years” (Ref. 5105) is the first Big Pilot’s Watch from IWC with a date display featuring large numerals beneath the triangular index at “12 o’clock”. Two limited-edition models are available, each restricted to 100 watches:

– Stainless steel, blue dial with lacquered finish, rhodium-plated hands (Ref. IW510503)


– Stainless steel, white dial with lacquered finish, blued hands (Ref. IW510504)

When creating the IWC-manufactured calibre 59235, the watch designers added a date display with large numerals to the hand-wound calibre 59210 with a power reserve of 8 days. The date is displayed using a double date ring, with one disc containing the tens and another disc containing the units. The power reserve display had to be positioned on the reverse side so that the dial could preserve the uncluttered style that is characteristic of Pilot’s Watches. To this end, the soft-iron cage was fitted with a circular display window without compromising protection against magnetic fields.

 

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “150 Years”

With the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW377725), IWC is launching an anniversary edition of this popular chronograph that is limited to 1,000 watches. The watch has a stainless steel case measuring 43 mm x 15.2 mm, white dial with lacquered finish, and blued hands. It, too, features a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields, as well as glass that is secured against displacement by sudden drops in air pressure.

Technical Specifications

Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “150 Years”

Features
Mechanical movement – Pellaton automatic winding – Power reserve display – Annual calendar with displays for the month, date and day – Small hacking seconds – Breguet spring – Rotor with Jubilee medallion in 18-carat gold – Screw-in crown – Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure – See-through sapphire-glass back – Limited to 100 watches

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre: 52850
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 36
Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
Winding: Automatic

Watch
Materials: Stainless steel case, blue dial with lacquered finish, white printed indices and numerals, rhodium-plated hands, black alligator leather strap
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 15.5 mm

 

Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Edition “150 Years”

Features
Mechanical movement – Power reserve display on case back – Large, double-digit date display – Small hacking seconds – Breguet spring – Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields – Screw-in crown – Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure – Jubilee insignia engraved on case back – Sapphire glass porthole in case back – Limited edition of 100 watches each

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre: 59235
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 30
Power reserve: 8 days (192 h)
Winding: Hand-wound

Watch
Materials: Ref. IW510503: Stainless steel case, blue dial with lacquered finish, white printed indices and numerals, rhodium-plated hands, black alligator leather strap; Ref. IW510504: Stainless steel case, white dial with lacquered finish, black printed indices and numerals, blued hands, black alligator leather strap
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46.2 mm
Height: 15.2 mm

 

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “150 Years”

Features
Mechanical chronograph movement – Date and day display – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Small hacking seconds – Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields – Screw-in crown – Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure – Jubilee insignia engraved on case back – Limited to 1,000 watches

Movement
Calibre: 79320
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 25
Power reserve: 44 h
Winding: Automatic

Watch
Materials: Stainless steel case, white dial with lacquered finish, black printed indices and numerals, blued hands, black alligator leather strap
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 15.2 mm

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