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SIHH 2016: IWC Timezoner Chronograph

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When IWC purchased the rights to watchmaker Vogard’s intellectual property in November 2014 – production of a watch utilizing the newly acquired world time bezel patent was all but guaranteed. We even speculated, at the time, that the watchmakers in Schaffhausen might somehow use their own Aquatimer dive bezel technology in combination with the patent technology from Vogard. Fast forward to 2016 and IWC did just that – by combining their own dive bezel design with the Vogard world timer design. The result is a timepiece that allows you to change the timezone by merely pressing down on the bezel and rotating to your desired city (24 world time zones). This is an improvement over the Vogard world time zone bezel, which requires the extra step of having to a release a large lever before making time zone adjustments. Further

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IWC Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar launched at SIHH

Jason Pitsch

First introduced in 2012, the Top Gun Miramar line has become a staple within the IWC Pilot’s collection. This year, in addition to updated versions of the existing models being introduced, there is an all new Mark XVIII Top Gun Miramar timepiece at the entry-level. All new to the Mark XVIII collection is a fully polished 41 mm ceramic case. The size and look are great, and it is safe to say these will sell well. However, we would like to see a matte ceramic case option as well. Nevertheless, purists have been asking for smaller diameter watches, and IWC has delivered. Like the original Top Gun Miramar models, minutes and seconds are read off the main chapter ring, and hours are shown on the inner chapter ring, in red. The military/aviation inspired dial design historically focused on minutes and

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SIHH 2016: IWC Mark XVIII Pilot's Watch

Jason Pitsch

Today, IWC took the wraps off their new Mark XVIII Pilot’s watch, which we teased earlier this month in our SIHH IWC Pilot’s watch preview. As previously mentioned, the triple date has been eliminated in favor of a standard date aperture, giving the dial a cleaner look. The case is now 40 mm, down from 41 mm. There is a new triangular index at 12 o’clock. And the Arabic numeral “9” has been brought back. The three standard versions come in a black dial with Santoni calfskin strap, black dial with beaded steel bracelet, and white dial with Santoni calfskins strap (Ref. IW327001/IW327002/IW327011). There are also two additional references: the Edition “Le Petit Prince” Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (Ref. IW327004), with a midnight blue dial, and the Top Gun Miramar. The retail price is $3,950 on a strap and $4,950

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SIHH Preview: IWC Pilot's Watches

Jason Pitsch

Overview At SIHH 2016, later this month, IWC will officially unveil their new Pilot’s collection. There will be over 20 new references, inspired by historic IWC Pilot’s watches. Today we have a preview of the three most notable references, as well as a teaser of one more (the new Mark XVIII). The Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 (Ref. IW510301) The Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 (shown at top) is inspired by the historic observer’s watch with its large case, oversized propeller-like hands, and riveted calfskin straps. The case is in titanium with a soft-iron inner case to protect against magnetic fields. The Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 (Ref. 3240) Appealing to entry-level budgets, and smaller wrists, the new Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 comes in a 36 mm stainless steel case. It is shown with a slate dial, and it is also

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Primer: Historic IWC Pilot's Watches

This primer covers nine of IWC’s most significant historic Pilot’s watches. All captions were provided by IWC. Stay tuned for more! 1- First IWC Pilot’s watch. Calibre 53, no official reference (1896) This 14-carat pocket watch case in yellow gold with its IWC-manufactured 53-19’’’ calibre movement was sold by IWC Schaffhausen on 11 December 1896 to IWC retailer A. Kohler from Leipzig. German Albert Lotter inherited the watch from his father in 1916. During the following years, the watch and its owner witnessed the historical milestones of the 20th century in Saxony and Berlin. 2- IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 1940. Calibre 52 T.S.C., Ref. IW436 (1940) The Big Pilot’s Watch was supplied to the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) in 1940 in an edition of 1,000 pieces. The “big device” constructed according to the criteria for an observer’s watch is the

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IWC Opens Flagship Boutique on Rodeo Drive

Mono-brand boutiques are continually being built by the world’s top watchmakers – which is a strategy that does not seem to be curtailing anytime soon. One of the most interesting new boutiques is IWC’s recently inaugurated flagship boutique on Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills. IWC has had a store on Rodeo since 2008, but this store is much larger – and more extravagant. Further, the store will celebrate “IWC’s American heritage and its passion for and commitment to film. This celebration begins with the architecture, referen­cing the golden age of Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s through an architectural blend of art deco and classic modernism and with the distinctive air of Hollywood glamour. Art deco detailing, period features and an architecture bathed both in natural light and light shades are all reminiscent of the design of classic movie theatres.

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IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher

At the Watches & Wonders which starts September 30th, 2015 in Hong Kong, IWC will officially unveil a pair of single-pusher chronographs. Available in either red gold (with white dial) or white gold (with gray-brown dial), the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher cases are fully polished and measure 45 mm by 13 mm. IWC in-house caliber 59360 powers the watch functions which include hours and minutes via gold leaf-shaped hands, date display at 3 o’clock, power reserve at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock, 60-minute counter at 12 o’clock and central chronograph seconds. Applied gold indexes mark each hour with the exception of 12, 3 and 6 o’clock. The 36 jewel manually wound movement runs at 4Hz, has a power reserve of 8 days (192-hours), and features a screwed balance. The main plated is decorated with circular graining and the

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IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary"

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Portugieser collection, IWC has created two timepieces that take inspiration from the original Portugieser (Ref. 325) from the 1930s. “All design elements of the historic Portugieser have been carefully adopted with the only extra being the date display underneath the small second,” according to IWC. The Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days is presented in a 43 mm by 12 mm case that comes in stainless steel or 18K red gold. The watch appears less bulky than than you might expect, thanks to what IWC calls a “coved bezel,” which is a typical design characteristic of the Portuguese line, and the arched-edge sapphire glass. Inside, is a modern movement that boasts a impressive eight day power reserve (192-hours). The IWC in-house developed and manufactured, hand-wound, caliber 59215, runs at 4Hz, has 30-jewels and features a

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SIHH 2015: IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph

At SIHH 2015, which begins a few hours, IWC will unveil updates they have made to their entire Portugieser family of watches. This is an explanation of the changes affecting the three Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph references. The most prevalent change, is a reduction in case diameter from 45.4 to 43.5 mm (14.5 mm thick). “IWC Schaffhausen has listened to many potential buyers who have expressed the wish for a slightly smaller version of the sportiest model in the Portugieser (Portuguese) watch line, one more suitable for a slim wrist,” according to IWC. The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph was originally launched in 2010, and while much of the new Portugieser line will receive movement enhancements, the Yacht Club Chrono will be powered by the same self-winding in-house (caliber 89361), which took 4 years to develop. It boasts a flyback function,

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Pre-SIHH 2015: IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar

As we told you last week, IWC will be debuting their overhauled Portugieser collection at SIHH. For their all new Annual Calendar, IWC needed to develop a new automatic movement. The result is in-house caliber 52850 which runs at 4Hz, has 36 jewels and boasts a 7-day (168-hour) power reserve. The new caliber features upgrades that will be seen across the entire 52000 caliber family. Including a slimmer rotor, and the bridges that are more open – allowing more details to be visible through the open caseback. The bridges are inset with a solid gold “Probus Scafusia” medallion. There is also an improved Pellaton winding system with a virtual wear-free component made of black and white ceramic. The midnight blue dial/steel model (shown) features a sunburst finish, complimented by silver polished, leaf-shaped hour and minute hands, silver polished applied Arabic

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