In 2016, IWC Schaffhausen presents a radical new concept to the world of watchmaking: for the first time ever, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph permits the user to set a new time zone using just the bezel. The hour hand, 24-hour display and the date also move automatically. No other watch manufacturer has ever succeeded in making a world time watch that is so simple, practical and elegant.
All you need to do is push the bezel down, turn it to the desired time zone and release. It’s as simple as that. The movement is conveyed synchronously to the hour hand and a smaller 24-hour hand that always shows whether it is day or night in the selected time zone. The date display is also synchronized correctly, regardless of whether the watch is advanced or turned back, and whether the 24-hour hand passes midnight. The watch movement and the advance of the minute hand, however, are not affected, which has the advantage that the watch shows the correct time even after repeated functional tests.
Engraved into the back of the stainless-steel case, which is water-resistant to 6 bar, is a depiction of a Junkers Ju 52, the aircraft which, in the 1930s, brought the world closer together. Back in those days, the aircraft was by far the most common civilian aircraft and was airborne in all continents. No wonder it has a place of honour on the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph.
The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph also solves the problem of summer time. It is often forgotten that not all time zones on the planet recognize summer time. There are countries that do not make the change. For this reason, the rotating bezel has a small “S” to indicate the names of cities that recognize summer time, such as London and New York.
IWC Schaffhausen is the only watch manufacturer to offer a watch that enables the user to set another time zone, together with the date and 24-hour hand, in a single movement.
With its black city ring, dial and Santoni calfskin strap, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph retains the colour coding of the classic Pilot’s Watch, the white displays providing a highly legible contrast. Thanks to the new IWC manufactured 89760 calibre, this model has an innovative display that provides the user with a fast, intuitive means of displaying stopped times between 1 minute and 12 hours. The movement is also armed with an integrated flyback function.
The watch will retail for $18,400 Singapore Dollars (Suggested Retail Price)
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Mechanical chronograph movement – 24-hour display – Date display – Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds – Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at “12 o’clock” – Flyback function – Small hacking seconds – Glass secured against displacement by drops in air pressure – Special back engraving
IWC-manufactured calibre 89760
Frequency 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Power reserve 68 h Winding Automatic
Materials Stainless-steel case, black dial, black calfskin strap by Santoni, stainless-steel folding clasp
Glass Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant 6 bar
Diameter 45 mm
Height 16.5 mm