Lift off confirmed for the first IWC pilot watch in 2021. And if that wasn’t enough they’ve made it a limited edition Timezoner with a “Le Petit Prince” theme. Now that is an interesting combination worthy of looking up towards the heavens. The “Timezoner” is not a new concept, but it is a patented system exclusive to IWC Schaffhausen that allows to change time zones without stoping the movement by simply pressing and turning the bezel to the desired location.The 46mm case is made of stainless steel with a screw-on exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The unique individual number for each of these limited edition pieces can also be seen engraved on this flip-sides circumference.
Mounted to the case is a blue ceramic bezel engraved with different major cities and their distinct time-zones, which doubles as the aforementioned rotating mechanism to change time-zones “on the fly”.The “Timezoner” function for setting another time-zone is easily regulated via the bi-directional rotating bezel. But, despite its ease of use this model does not allow to track two time zones at once (since the 24-hour aperture is synced to the current home-time we can only have one time-zone at a time). But switching back and forth between time-zones is easy, quick and efficient.It also comes equipped with an onion-style screw-in crown that assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 60 meters (196 feet). All topped by a sapphire convex crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides.Time is exhibited on a midnight-blue dial with a sun-ray brushed finish and large white Arabic numerals, except for the 12 o’clock position that features IWC’s iconic triangle with two dots marker. Also circling around the inner-flange of the dial are thin white printed minute index markers, followed by slight thicker markings for every 5-minute increment.IWC has excluded the GMT hand on this model, but added a 24-hour altimeter-style aperture that functions as an AM/PM indicator, under the 12 o’clock position on the upper-half the dial. There is also a white date aperture at the 3 o’clock position, which is easily distinguishable from the second time-zone, thanks to their differentiating size. The central dagger-style hands have been filled with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
IWC Pilot’s Timezoner “Le Petit Prince” Edition
The “IWC Pilot’s Timezoner “Le Petit Prince” Edition” (Ref#: IW395503) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 82760 with 22 jewels and 28,800 vph. It comes equipped with the patented Pellation winding mechanism, a central hacking seconds and decorated with a Cotes de Genève perlage. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to the watch is a brown calfskin strap with exposed white stitchings, while secured to the wrist by a stainless steel buckle. This is a limited edition of only 1,500 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.