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IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN REVEALS NEW PILOT’S WATCHES
April 28, 2021
IWC ADDS 41-MM CHRONOGRAPHS
WITH IN-HOUSE MOVEMENTS TO
PILOT’S WATCHES COLLECTION
Schaffhausen, 7th April 2021 – IWC Schaffhausen has launched the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 at the
digital Watches & Wonders exhibition. The new model features a stainless steel case in a compact size of
41 millimetres and is available with a blue or green dial. To underscore the brand’s expertise in the development
of in-house movements, it is powered by the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre, which is visible through a
sapphire glass back. With the new EasX-CHANGE system and a choice of straps made of calfskin, rubber or
stainless steel, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is the ultimate sports watch.
For 85 years, IWC has been engineering Pilot’s Watches
tailored to meet the functional requirements and specifc
needs of professional pilots. Initially conceived as precise
and reliable tools for navigation, they are celebrated
nowadays for their iconic cockpit instrument design, their
extreme robustness and high versatility. A mainstay in
the IWC Pilot’s Watches collection is the chronograph.
The mechanical stopwatch function not only adds to the
typical tool watch appearance but also offers virtually
limitless applications in everyday life.
“Building on the success of our Spitfire chronographs
from 2019, we are now introducing the Pilot’s Watch
Chronograph 41 into our classic collection. Thanks
to the EasX-CHANGE system and a choice of straps,
the chronographs can be adapted swiftly to different
surroundings. Combined with the now 10 bar waterresistant case, this versatility makes them perfect
companions for adventures in the air, on the ground
or by the water. To underline our ongoing commitment
to innovation and technical excellence, we also fitted
the new model with our in-house 69385 calibre
chronograph movement, which is visible through a
sapphire glass back,” explains Christoph GraingerHerr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN REVEALS NEW
43-MILLIMETRE BIG PILOT’S WATCH
Schaffhausen, 7th April 2021 – IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 at the digital Watches
& Wonders exhibition. A faithful interpretation of the iconic observation watch design, the new model features
an ergonomic 43-millimetre stainless steel case. Available with either a black or blue dial, it is powered by
the IWC-manufactured 82100 calibre with Pellaton winding, which is visible through a sapphire glass back.
A user-friendly EasX-CHANGE system, as well as comprehensive strap options in calf leather, rubber and
stainless steel, establishes the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 as the quintessential modern utility sports watch, ready
for adventures in the air, on land and by water.
With its striking conical crown, strap with four rivets,
and open and legible dial, no other model expresses
the essence of IWC’s aviator watches like the Big Pilot’s
Watch. Its uncompromising functional design, in the style
of an easy-to-read cockpit instrument, was inspired by a
1940s military observation watch. The oversized crown
is another detail the modern Big Pilot’s Watch shares
with its historical ancestor; it originally allowed pilots to
operate their watch even when wearing their padded
ﬂight gloves. Initially reintroduced in 2002 under the
designation ‘Big Pilot’s Watch Ref. 5002’, the design has
stayed true to its utilitarian DNA ever since, undergoing
only marginal changes.
“The Big Pilot’s Watch perfectly embodies IWC’s
extensive heritage and expertise in engineering rugged
and reliable instruments tailored to meet the needs
of elite aviators. It exemplifes how a purely functional
design can transform into a cultural icon. Today, the
Big Pilot’s Watch is not only one of the most recognised
watch designs in the world but also an expression of
a certain character and mindset,” explains Christoph
Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
Now, IWC is adding a new chapter to this success story:
The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 (Ref. IW3293). An authentic
interpretation of the iconic design, without either a
date window or a power reserve display, it features
a 43-millimetre stainless steel case for enhanced
ergonomics and wearability.
“With the Big Pilot’s Watch 43, we have returned to the
extreme purity of the original observation watch designed
more than 80 years ago and created a simple threehand watch with no other elements on the dial. Despite
its reduced size, the 43-millimetre case combines a bold
look with great wearing comfort,” says Christian Knoop,
IWC’s Creative Director.