If there’s a watch in this packed industry that best addresses flying and stream warriors, it is probably the IWC Big Pilot – so to say, an unadulterated symbol. Close by the traditional edition with a treated steel case and a dark dial, IWC likewise plays a ton with this watch to make limited editions but as yet holding consistent with the exemplary icon, like for example the ‘Le Petit Prince’ in rose gold , its kin in tempered steel or these bright Boutique Editions . For their most recent association, IWC honors the high-flying greatness of the Patrouille Suisse. Along these lines what other watch might have been exceptional than the Big Pilot to make a limited edition? None. Here is the 250-piece IWC Big Pilot Patrouille Suisse.
This new “Patrouille Suisse” Limited Edition depends on the well known, yet notorious (without a doubt) IWC Big Pilot’s Watch . As an update, what we’re discussing is an enormous pilot watch roused by the 1940s German B-Uhr/Flieger watches/Beobachtungs-uhren. These very enormous “Observation Watches” were conveyed to Luftwaffe (German Air Force) pilots and guides. In the event that you need to know more, we exceptionally urge you to view our in-profundity article “ The History of the Pilot Watch Part Five: B-Uhr “. Utilizing a portion of the plan pieces of information of these old fashioned watches, IWC dispatched a 46mm watch with a comparable dial plan – enormous glowing numerals and profoundly clear hands – and a 7-day power save programmed development. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch might be motivated by the most popular (and replicated) German watches, it remains exceptionally conspicuous and timeless.
This new “Patrouille Suisse” Limited Edition separates from the old style edition first by its plan. As should be obvious, the dial is slate-coloured with a sun-design finish. The numerals are as yet painted on the dial (and not applied like in the “Petit Prince” edition ) and the hands are dark – yet to a great extent loaded up with glowing artwork. The case stays in hardened steel and with the old style sand-impacted completion and the crown keeps its sharp and enormous jewel shape. The remainder of the visual contrasts is the tie, an anthracite-hued wrist-band of embellished calfskin with a collapsing clasp.
There’s likewise one specialized contrast between the traditional Big Pilot’s Watch and this IWC Big Pilot “Patrouille Suisse” Limited Edition. While the wide range of various editions – limited or not – come with the Caliber 51111, this dim coloured “Patrouille Suisse” comes with the Calibre 51011, implying that it disposes of the focal mounted second hand and replaces it with a little second sub-dial situated at 9 – much the same as an IWC Portugeiser Automatic 7-day. The force hold pointer is anyway still in its standard spot at 3 o’clock. This exceptionally huge development is shielded from attractive fields by a delicate iron confine (like all pilot watches ought to be).
The strong case back highlights an etching of three stream planes taking after the Northrop F-5E Tiger II – the planes the Patrouille Suisse pilots use to play out their aeronautical showcases. The engraving “Accolade For PATROUILLE SUISSE” and the continuous numbering working on it back (001/250, 002/250 and so on) are additionally showing up on the caseback. The Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Patrouille Suisse” will be accessible from September 2015 at IWC stores in Switzerland and from Swiss retailers, afterward at IWC shops around the world. Price: 15.600 USD. More subtleties on IWC.com .
- Features: Mechanical development – Pellaton programmed winding – Power hold show – Date show – Small hacking seconds at 9 o’clock – Glucydur®* beryllium composite offset with accuracy change cams on the equilibrium arms – Breguet balance spring – Soft-iron internal body of evidence for assurance against attractive fields – Screw-in crown – Secured against removal by drops in air pressure
- Movement: Caliber 51111, 21.600 bph recurrence, 42 gems, 7-day (168 hours) power hold, programmed winding
- Materials: stainless-steel case (impacted), record hued dial with sun-design finish, anthracite-hued emblazoned calfskin lash, treated steel (impacted) collapsing clasp
- Dimensions: 46mm Diameter – 16mm height
- Water Resistance: 60m/6 bar