Final however not least, of the 4 pilot watch ‘teasers’ that IWC has launched forward of the SIHH 2019, is that this well-proportioned, vintage-inspired, bronze-cased, no-nonsense chronograph upgraded with a manufacture motion. All of which may sound like music to the ears of many collectors. Not less than, it does to us. Meet the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Bronze ref. IW387902.
Earlier this yr, IWC launched the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724, a pleasant, barely vintage-inspired piece bringing again a few of the design parts discovered on the Mark II and the 1990s ref. 3706 – the easy Flieger Chronograph, with out the rattrapante perform. Principally, this watch was the trendy iteration of the mannequin that relaunched pilot’s watches at IWC. At the moment, IWC applies an identical idea to the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire… and extra!
The brand new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire ref. IW387902 will probably be simply recognizable because of its distinctive bronze case. It isn’t the primary time that IWC depends on this fashionable materials for a pilot’s watch. Bronze was used solely on the Massive Pilot, which was a restricted manufacturing piece – see right here, the reference IW501005. For the SIHH 2019, IWC brings bronze to the plenty, by utilizing it because the case materials for a extra accessible chronograph watch with a non-limited manufacturing. The case has a matte end and can acquire patina over time. For security causes, the caseback is in titanium.
Nevertheless, that’s not the one novelty in regards to the case. Most significantly, this watch has a lowered diameter of 41mm – making it nearer to the unique Flieger Chronograph (at 39mm) and two millimetres smaller than the usual Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377709 (which is 43mm). For us at MONOCHROME, this can be a smart resolution. Not solely will the watch look extra compact on the wrist, nevertheless it additionally permits for a extra balanced dial and its a number of indications.
Matching the bronze case, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire ref. IW387902 shows a extremely authentic color for the dial: olive inexperienced. The three-6-9 indexes are small squares and the index at 12 o’clock is the long-lasting triangle – all of that impressed by the 1990s watches and the Mark XI. Being a member of the Spitfire assortment, this watch depends on the signature propeller-shaped palms, on this case, plated in gold to match the bronze case. The day-date indication, which has all the time been a part of the mannequin, remains to be positioned at three o’clock.
The opposite important evolution considerations the incorporation, for the primary time in a “easy” Pilot’s chronograph, of a manufacture motion. The ref. IW387902 is supplied with a motion of the 69xxx household – launched first on the 2016 Ingenieur and not too long ago used on the Portugieser 150th Anniversary 3716. This computerized motion relies on an built-in/column-wheel structure. The brand new chronograph calibre has been designed and developed from the ground-up along with ValFleurier (Richemont Group manufacturing amenities), as the brand new entry-level chronograph of the model to slowly substitute Valjoux ébauches (extra particulars in regards to the motion on this in-depth article.) Due to the anti-magnetic necessities (soft-iron cage), the motion isn’t seen right here.
Lastly, a brown calf leather-based strap with a bronze pin buckle enhances the design. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Bronze will probably be formally offered on the SIHH 2019 in January.
Availability to be confirmed. Indicative worth (topic to modifications earlier than the SIHH) is EUR 7,050. Extra particulars at iwc.com.