The end of a year ago we enlightened you concerning the restricted edition Big Pilot Watch honouring one of IWC’s favourite diplomats, the late Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and his renowned character “le petit Prince”. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and the ‘Petit Prince’, include as IWC restricted editions consistently and consistently, a piece of the returns go to a decent purpose. After the steel rendition, IWC have now come with a subsequent restricted edition, the IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince in red gold.
The “Le Petit Prince” are completely restricted editions and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry editions are ‘special editions’ and all are connected with noble cause. For example the Pilot Chronograph Saint-Exupéry ‘Last Flight ‘, which is altogether executed in a brown clay case, comes in a few editions, and one of these editions has a platinum crown, pushers and case-back. This platinum model is sold and all returns go to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation. A piece of the returns of ALL “Le Petit Prince” editions goes to help deliberately selected cause extends along with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. I simply love the combination of top of the line watches and good cause, and once more, IWC works really hard here. A incredible detail for the proprietor of such a piece, is that the situation back is constantly engraved with the little prince, and the dial is consistently blue.
With the new form IWC have by and by applied a restricted edition to their famous watch the Big Pilot, and like the vast majority of its kin this new restricted edition adaptation comes with a 46mm case, presently made of rose gold. Obviously it includes its notable precious stone formed crown, suggestive of the early pilot watch’s and enormous dial opening that truly complements the sheer presence of this piece.
The exquisite 12 PM blue sunburst dial is a hitting combination with the red gold case. The gold-plated applied hands and lists are covered with super-LumiNova, while the exemplary pilot’s watches obviously had matte dark dials and numerals in tritium (or even radium, which has a whole other story connected to it ) for great perceivability during the hazier hours. The white moment track is somewhat extraordinary with mathematical signs set each 5minutes and furthermore signs for a fourth of a second.
Verifiably unique IWC pilot watches were fitted with huge pocket watch developments. IWC have proceeded with a similar idea by utilizing an enormous in-development type 5111 with a 7-day power hold. In the event that you need to learn more about the historical backdrop of pilot’s watches, we distributed five long-finds out about this significant piece of the historical backdrop of wrist watches – click here to begin with section 1 . One specifically is about the supposed B-Uhr, which represents Beobachtungs-Uhr and means Deck Watch, and focusses on these big pilot watches.
One of the principle highlights of a pilots watch is a thick leather lash and this is the same coming with an earthy colored calfskin tie with knitted sewing. And finally the converse of the piece has, similar to all its “Le Petit Prince” kin, a sketch of “Le Petit Prince” engraved into the case-back with the quantity of the watch. All together this IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince edition is likely quite possibly the most appealing adaptations of all IWC Big Pilot watches.
- Movement: IWC in-house Calibre 51111, with Pellaton programmed winding framework, 7-day power hold when completely twisted, date show, focal hacking seconds, Breguet overcoil spring
- Case: 18K red gold case, 46mm in width, 16mm thick, big jewel shaped screw-in crown, sapphire raised gem with antireflective covering on the two sides, withstands drops in air pressure, limited to 250 watches, special etching including the little prince and engraving “IWC ∙ LE PETIT PRINCE ∙ ONE OUT OF 250” on case back
- Strap: earthy colored calfskin tie with knitted sewing, collapsing fasten in 18K red gold
The IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince in 18K red gold has a sticker price of € 33.000 Euro (counting 21% VAT)/CHF 32.000 Swiss Francs (counting 8% VAT)