This week, IWC announced the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Right Hander,” which has the crown positioned on the left side of the case. Despite the name, most people refer to this type of watch as a “leftie” or “Destro” because it’s actually designed for people who are left-handed and therefore would typically wear their watch on the right hand. This is atypical, as the majority of wristwatches have a right-hand crown location.
The watch is presented in an oversized 46.2 mm x 15.6 mm stainless steel pilot’s case, with a large, ridged, diamond-shaped screw-down crown designed to be operated with gloves on. A slate-gray dial with a sunburst pattern and easy-to-read white printed indices, Arabic numerals, and markings, along with large Alpha-shaped hands, exudes the signature looks of an aviator wristwatch.
IWC’s in-house automatic caliber 52010 beats at 4Hz, has 31 jewels, 257 total components, and runs for 168-hours when fully wound. The movement’s significant 7-days of maximum power reserve is stored in dual mainspring barrels and is denoted on a dedicated display at 9 o’clock. Running seconds is indicated in the subdial at 3 o’clock. The date is shown at 6 o’clock. The movement is finished with Côtes de Genève on the bridges and perlage on the mainplate.
A soft-inner case made of iron protects the watch movement from the negative effects of magnetism. The big pilot comes with a black calfskin aviator strap that’s 22 mm wide at the lugs. Water-resistance is 60 meters. Limited edition of 250 pieces. (Ref. IW501012) Retail is $14,200.