You may recall our post earlier this year about the Big Pilot Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “IWC Racing”. Limited to fifteen pieces, this new watch combines IWC’s constant-force tourbillon with a matte black Ceratanium® case and the Big Pilot design. The 46.2mm case, crown, and pin buckle were all made from their proprietary Ceratanium®, an alloy which has the lightness of titanium but the hardness and scratch resistance of ceramic.
Now, IWC have just added two new Ceratanium® models to their TOP GUN Pilot’s Watch range.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium® is IWC’s first watch with a Ceratanium® bracelet. The second new release is the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium®, which is the first TOP GUN model with a Timezoner® complication.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium® has its 46.2mm case (15.4mm thick), crown and bracelet made from Ceratanium®. The dial is, again, all about black, with gray for the numerals. The double moon phase also makes an appearance here, showing the moon for the northern and southern hemispheres. Along with the perpetual calendar with its day/ date/ month/ year displays, there is also a small seconds and a power reserve indication.
Visible through the sapphire open case back can be seen the in-house automatic Calibre 52615, the same movement as that in this year’s stainless steel Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar and other previous IWC perpetual calendars. It beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of seven days.
Although not a limited edition, there will be a limited production of this piece – 150 pieces per annum. The RRP is AUD 66,800. You may wish to read up a bit on the history of the perpetual calendar at IWC, which we mentioned in our post about the stainless steel blue dialBig Pilot Perpetual Calendar released during Watches & Wonders Geneva 2021.
Next up is the new Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium®, the first TOP GUN model with a Timezoner® complication. Again, you may remember this year’s release of the Timezoner Edition “Le Petit Prince”.
As a quick reminder, in 2016 IWC launched the Timezoner Chronograph. Notable for its integration of a flyback chronograph with a patented world time function, the ability to adjust a 24-hour second time zone on a world time watch by rotating the bezel to the name of a reference city was pioneered and developed by Michael Vogt. The hour hand, the 24-hour display and the date move forwards or backwards in one-hour steps.
The design was purchased by IWC, and the results of their work on this (combining it with their internal bezel tech as per the Aquatimers and a spring-mounted rotating ring) was the 2016 model, which launched the Calibre 89760.
Since then there has been a version without the chronograph, and the aforementioned Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Edition “Le Petit Prince”.
The 46mm case (15.1mm thick) of this new watch is Ceratanium®, whilst the rotating city ring is ceramic. It contains the names of 24 cities, each one representing one of the international time zones. If you look closely you will notice the presence of the letter ‘s’ attached as a ‘tail’ to some cities. This is how the Timezoner identifies summer time. The numerals are printed in gray on the black dial, and the 12, 3, 6 and 9 are coated with lume.
The automatic Calibre 82760 inside is the Calibre 89760 minus the chronograph, beats at 28,800 VPH, and has a power reserve of 60 hours.
Coming on a black rubber strap with a textile inlay, its annual production will also be limited to 500 pieces. It is also eligible for registration under the My IWC care program with its six year warranty extension. The RRP of the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium® is AUD 26,000.
[Photo credit: IWC]