IWC have launched a new limited edition variant of its Big Pilot (with something special for those here in Australia and in France, but more on that later).
The new limited (250 pieces) edition of the watch most associated with the brand is now in ‘destro’ form, and called the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition ‘Right-Hander’ (Ref.IWC501012). The ‘destro’ nickname is commonly given to watches with their crowns on the left side of the case and derives from the Italian for ‘right’ i.e. to be worn on the right wrist by left-handed people or those who simply like wearing their watch on that wrist.
As those with any knowledge of the early pilots’ watches, especially military ones (including those of IWC) will know, it was not uncommon for ones of the 1940s to be very large, and so it is with this one, with the stainless steel case 46.2mm with a thickness of 15.6mm. Perhaps it is to be worn over a pilot’s jacket after all.
Beneath the convex AR-coated sapphire crystal is a slate coloured dial with lumed hands and markers. Apart from the time and date, there are small black sub dials with a small seconds at 3 o’clock, a date window at 6 o’clock, and a (seven day) power reserve sub dial at 9 o’clock.
Inside is the automatic Caibre 52010 that beats at 28,800VPH with a power reserve of seven days. It features the Pellaton automatic winding system with ceramic components.
Coming on a black calfskin leather strap with rivets and a steel deployant clasp, the Big Pilot Right-Hander is available from both IWC boutiques and official retailers as of now (August 2019). Now the good news for those in Australia and France. Unexpectedly and interestingly, it is initially available only in these two markets, starting this month for three months, with worldwide availability from November. The RRP is 21,200 AUD/ 14,900 EUR (including tax).
[Photos from IWC]