The flagship model for the new Pilot’s Watch Collection 2016 that was unveiled this January at SIHH is definitely the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph which brings together three technologies: the city ring from the Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer; a sprung rotating bezel which cannot be moved inadvertently; and the external/internal rotating bezel mechanism that transfers the rotational movement to the inside of the watch.
Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph is the first worldtimer in the world that permits the user to set a new time zone, together with the date and the 24-hour hand, by using just the bezel.
IWC Schaffhausen is the only watch manufacturer that has ever succeeded in making a world time watch which is so simple to use, yet practical and elegant. Here I would like to make a little background about this technology. The capability to set the time by turning the bezel to the name of the particular city was originally developed by Michael Vogt. His company, Vogard, showed the technology two years ago at the Baselworld watch fair, after a full decade of long development process. The Schaffhausen-based manufacturer bought his design and further developed it. The final result is this amazing Timezoner Chronograph.
To be fully precise, the new Timezoner is not a conventional GMT watch because it doesn’t display two time zones simultaneously, but you can simply rotate the bezel to show the time in a new time zone, and then rotate it back to the previous zone. Simultaneously, the black- and-red 24-hour hand on the inner 24-hour ring show whether it is night or day. As you can see on the image below, the rotating bezel has a small “S” which indicates the names of cities that recognize summer time.
The names of 24 cities are displayed on the rotating ring, with each name standing for one of the international time zones. While rotating the city ring, the white hour hand is also turning in one-hour steps, thus showing the time in desired time zone. The mechanism is limited to whole-hour time zones and it cannot calculate the half-hour and three-quarter hour time zones used in some countries, such as India, Sri Lanka, Australian states.
The bezel is connected to the movement, and more precisely, to the hour wheel. Despite the fact that there is a mechanical connection between the bezel and the movement, the new Pilot’s Watch Timezoner still has the water resistance of 60 meters (about 200 feet).
This newcomer has a quite busy dial because of the large amount of information which are available. The chronograph sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position has a practical hour and minute layout that makes it easy to see elapsed time. This also could be used to show a second time zone by starting the chronograph at the appropriate time and leaving it running.
The dial comprises large Arabic numerals filled with white luminous substance contrasting the matte black dial background, large propeller-like hands also coated with luminous material and a small date window at the 3 o’clock position.
From the rear, the watch has a solid case-back with a Junkers Ju 52 engraving. The case is crafted from stainless steel and measures 45mm in diameter and 16.5mm in thickness.
The beating heart of the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph (ref. IW395001) is the in-house manufactured caliber 89760 flyback chronograph movement which is capable to store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for at least 68 hours. The self-winding mechanism is built on 39 jewels.
The watch comes with a black calfskin strap by Santoni, with the Italian brand’s hallmark orange lining, ending with a stainless steel folding clasp.