The first Special Pilot’s Watch left the IWC factory in 1936. It was the start of a special relationship between IWC Schaffhausen and flying. In 2016, watch lovers all over the world can look forward to a wide range of IWC Pilot’s Watches that seem set to create a furore with innovative designs, sophisticated complications and top-quality materials. With their imposing case diameters and authentic appearance, the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 and 48 resemble the historic original, the Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 T. S. C. of 1940, almost down to the last detail.
The special editions, “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” and “Le Petit Prince”, with tobacco brown and blue dials, respectively, pay tribute to the extraordinary life’s work of this great humanist.
The Mark-XVIII models celebrate a resounding comeback and add fresh variety and vitality to the Pilot’s Watch family.
The classic Pilot’s Watches revert to something more closely resembling the historic original. The same applies to the TOP GUN models, which come with a surprise element in the form of the new, embossed calfskin straps. The Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 is the smallest model in the company’s current line-up and was designed for anyone who prefers a slightly smaller and more discreet wristwatch.
With the launch of new leather straps and stainless-steel bracelets, IWC addresses watch lovers with a penchant for rugged, top-quality wristbands. Firstly, we have the elegant calfskin and alligator leather straps from Italian leather manufacturer Santoni, which are produced exclusively for IWC. Likewise new to the range for the Miramar are straps made of embossed calfskin that are reminiscent of the green textile strap produced in nylon. The luxurious stainless-steel bracelets are available in two versions. In one, the links are entirely satin-finished; in the other, two rows of links are polished and three satin-finished, adding to the bracelet’s attraction. The Pilot’s Watches Chronograph and Pilot’s Watches Mark XVlll are also available with twin-coloured textile straps inspired by historic Nato straps.
The new 2014 Aquatimer collection has a more discreet look with more subdued colours than the previous generation. After all, IWC diver's watches are no longer reserved exclusively for underwater use but are often found in expeditions on terra firma, at festive occasions or even in the office. The watches are also more functional and safer, and even more Aquatimer models are now fitted with IWC-manufactured movements.