The years high-flyer is the TOP GUN Miramar: a tribute to the place in California where the myth of the elite pilots was born. And two Pilots Watches featuring many of fine watchmakings greatest achievements prepare for takeoff: the Big Pilots Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN and the Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month.
Classic TOP GUN collection:black and white with red highlights
The TOP GUN edition has held a permanent place in IWC Pilots Watches collection since 2007. The elaborately equipped Big Pilots Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN comes with a host of advanced features, including a perpetual calendar with its four-digit year display, moon phase display and seven-day power reserve. The Big Pilots Watch TOP GUN unites the clear-cut instrument look of the 1940s with ultra-modern watch technology. The tiny aircraft silhouette on the seconds hand creates an eye-catching signal-red highlight on the black and- white dial. The Pilots Watch Chronograph TOP GUN, which comes with a fly back function and protection against magnetic fields, is also equipped with an IWC-manufactured movement.
Pilots Watches for 76 years
The Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturer IWC has been making rugged and reliable timepieces for pilots and their passengers since the mid-1930s. Right from the start, IWC Pilots Watches were designed to offer optimum legibility by day and night and established the look of an instrument: a look that has since determined the appearance of this special breed of watches, to this day. The IWC Special Pilots Watch, launched in 1936, stood out with a distinctive black dial that was set off by striking luminescent hands and large luminescent numerals. Outstanding technical features of the IWC Special Pilots
Watch included a shock protected balance wheel bearing and a nonmagnetic escapement. With its 55-millimetre diameter, the Big Pilots Watch 52 T. S. C. of 1940 is the biggest wristwatch IWC Schaffhausen has ever manufactured. As a deck watch it featured, among other things, a central hacking seconds to enable pilots and navigators to synchronize their watches with down-to-the-second precision. An extra-long leather strap also meant that it could be fastened around a flight suit. The clearly arranged dial was a perfect example of reductionism: a style cue and a paragon for all classic Pilots Watches. The Mark 11, with its hand-wound 89calibre, manufactured from 1948 onwards for the Royal Air Force, established itself as the best-known IWC Pilots Watch of them all. Its movement was enclosed in a softiron inner case to shield the mechanism from magnetic fields. The Mark 11 was used successfully by the Royal Air Force for over 30 years.
With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing watches of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the worlds leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of Haute Horlogerie at its finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.
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