“In 2016, we’re widening our range to include smaller Pilot’s Watches in the entry-level segment, without neglecting our traditional heritage,” says IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern of IWC’s 2016 novelties launched at the SIHH. In that spirit, the brand introduced its new Pilot’s Watch collection in a romantic, vintage1930s design: a balanced range of Pilot’s Watches including our selection of highlights, the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII and the elegant Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36. The exclusive and emotional “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” and “Le Petit Prince” (featured as the cover image) collections are always crowd pleasers, and this year’s editions were no exception.
The 48mm Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 operates on a hand-wound 59215 calibre that guarantees a 192 hour power reserve. The remaining energy is indicated on the power reserve display in a small sapphire glass aperture on the back of the watch. Its black dial contrasts with the brown calfskin strap, with large screws and thick stitchings resembling components of a pilot’s outfit and accessories. The titanium case keep the piece at a light weight of 120g.
The entry-level new Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII model no longer features the triple date display which was present in its predecessor, the Mark XVII. This provides more space on the dial, giving the watch a cleaner appearance. The piece is fitted with a calfskin strap or a stainless-steel bracelet.
In an effort to revive the tradition of smaller Pilot’s Watches, IWC launched the Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36, a new 36mm model inspired by the legendary Mark 11. Intended for both male and female watch lovers with a smaller wrist, the watch comes in 5 different references, with silver-plated or slate-coloured dials, and Santoni alligator leather straps or a stainless steel bracelet.
The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII and Automatic 36 are aimed at slim wristed women and men who appreciate understated elegance.