IWC Schaffhausen adds four new models to its Pilot’s Watch collection: the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry”, the Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage, available with a case in either titanium or bronze, and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage. After having presented you the watch dedicated to Antoine de Saint Exupéry, today, let’s discover the two Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage alternative models.
As every other Pilot’s Watches created by the brand, these new models have the same retro design as the historic Big Pilot’s Watch (Calibre 52 T.S.C.) from the 1940s. The Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage is available either with a titanium case (Ref. IW501004) or with a bronze case (Ref. IW501005). However, both timepieces have a black dial and blue hands coated with luminescent material.
Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage with titanium case © IWC
It’s made to be a relatively high-quantity-production automatic chronograph caliber with a 7750-like design but having a column wheel replacement the cam-actuation system being the most notable gap. Running frequency stays 4Hz, and electricity book is 46 hours so other specs are quite close to the famed workhorse chronograph caliber. Aesthetics-wise what is new about it compared to last year’s limited edition is the fact that it now has the massive and consistently impressive Iwc Watches Meaning Replica winding rotor using big cutouts and beveled borders instead of the rather underwhelming stamped bit that has been present on the 2016 models. Based on last year’s similar models anticipate the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph’s cost to begin from around $7,200. The IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport is a titanium-clad, 44mm-wide alternate to the aforementioned triple-register sporting a more complex IWC Caliber 89361. It delivers a more striking 68 hours of power reserve, a more advanced automatic winding system along with the more sophisticated display of chronograph minutes and hours on one sub-dial at 12 o’clock. A neat design detail is that the lightning seconds hand at six o’clock, place as a reminder of the Ingenieur emblem (and the fundamental moments of a Milgauss, perhaps). Within this event, legible, but arguably not-so-sporty white and black, the IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport will be a limited run of 500 pieces — but we wouldn’t be surprised to see unique models come together sooner rather than later.
The edition in bronze is limited to 1,500 pieces. Both watches are driven by the IWC-manufactured calibre 52110 with a Pellaton winding system and a 7-day power reserve. A power reserve display at “3 o’clock” indicates the charging level at all times. These two new timepieces are equipped with a brown calfskin strap.
Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage with bronze case © IWC