If you ever find yourself stranded in the desert and things start to get “complicated”, you might as well be wearing the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”. Jokes aside, if indeed you ever did fall into such a predicament. This timepiece would blend well with the scenery and its perpetual calendar could easily keep you up to date, much longer than you could probably withstand the heat. The 46.5mm case is made of beige colored ceramic with an exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Among multiple moving parts in full display is also a rotor with an 18k gold medallion and the IWC insignia.To craft this timepiece IWC used a ceramic formed by polycrystalline powders mixed with several auxiliary materials, while this specific color comes from combining zirconium oxide with other metallic oxides. It also comes equipped with the iconic big onion-style screw-in crown, but made out of titanium instead of ceramic for a nice contrast. All topped by a sapphire convex glass with an antireflective coating on both sides. The glass is secured against displacement by drop in air pressure. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 60 meters (196 feet). Time is exhibited on a dark brown dial with beige Arabic numerals, followed by beige-toned minute index markers and slightly thicker markers for every 5-minute increment, except for the 12 o’clock position that features IWC’s iconic triangle with two dots.The perpetual calendar is expressed via three sub-dials: a date dial with a power reserve in its midst at the 3 o’clock position; followed by a month dial at the 6 o’clock position; and finally a weekday dial with a sub-seconds in its midst at the 9 o’clock position. A slightly bigger sub-dial features a Moonphase with displays for both the north and south hemispheres at the 12 o’clock position, with a small “N” and “S” indication for each orientation nestled inside the silhouette of jets. There is also a year aperture positioned between the 7 and 8 o’clock positions. The perpetual calendar is quite accurate and won’t require a correction until the year 2100, if it were to keep running continuously. The central beige propeller-style central hands, sub-dial hands and Arabic numerals have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”
The “IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”” (Ref#: IW503004) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 52615 with 54 jewels, 386 components and 28,800 Vph. Equipped with a Pellaton winding system and two barrels made out of black ceramic; as well as a white ceramic rotor. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 168 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a beige rubber strap with textile inlay, secured to the wrist by a titanium deployment clasp. This watch will be manufactured with an annual production limit of only 150 pieces. For more up to date information visit the official IWC website here.
MSRP: $35.000.00 USD