The luxury Swiss manufacturer, IWC Schafhausen, has recently unveiled a brand new limited series of their famous Big Pilot’s Top Gun watch. This series comprises three eye-catching limited-edition timepieces which were exclusively previewed in IWC boutique in Harrods, London. These striking watches will only be available at Harrods in July.
There are three different limited edition timepieces in the exhibition: a Big Pilot’s chronograph with a blue superluminova dial, a Big Pilot’s with green dial, and a Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar with a striking red dial.
First in a row is the Big Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun that features a black body highlighted with blue superluminova highlights. This limited edition model is equipped with the in-house manufactured Caliber 89365 mechanical movement tooled with a flyback function that enables an ongoing time measurement to be “deleted” without an intermediate stop while a new one is started. The watch is housed in a 46mm case crafted from titanium and ceramic. Big Pilot’s Chronograph Top Gun provides no less than 68 hours of power reserve when fully charged and water resistance up to 50 meters (approximately 165 feet). There are only 500 pieces available and each of them is priced at £10,250 (about $15,500).
The second limited edition timepiece is the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun with a green superluminova dial. This model is also available in the limited quantity of 500 specimens and priced £14,250 (circa $21,600) each. This model with the green-emission of superluminova is actually a classic Big Pilot’s model that now features a little bit larger ceramic case with the diameter of 48mm (instead of 46mm).
The watch is powered by the largest automatic movement in the world – Caliber 51111 which integrates all the best features of a self-winding mechanism. The in-house made movement provides no less than 7 days of power reserve. Actually, it can store enough power to keep the watch ticking for as long as 8.5 days, but the movement automatically stops after 168 hours in order to eliminate the danger of diminishing torque in the mainspring and to preserve perfect precision. The sub-dial between two and four o’clock position is a power reserve indicator that shows the amount of the remaining stored energy.
The last member of this limited series is the Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Perpetual Calendar that is distinguished by its red accents on the dial. This is the most exclusive one in this line considering the fact that it is available in only 250 pieces, and at the same time, it is the most expensive one, being priced at £30,250 (about $46,000). According to manufacturer, this is probably one of the most complex pilot’s watches ever. This newcomer features amazing 7 days of power reserve, a perpetual calendar, a 4-digit year display, indicators for the day, date and month, as well as a moon phase indicator.
The exhibition at Harrods was great opportunity for all admirers of fine watchmaking to take the first look at the three eye-catching limited-edition timepieces from IWC’s Top Gun line before they go for sale in July, at the famous London department store.