The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” with date and day display precisely handles single and aggregate stop times of up to 12 hours. The self-winding system generates a power reserve of 44 hours, which is self-sufficient enough for long-haul flights. The numerals and hands on the clearly structured dial feature luminous coatings to ensure good legibility, even at night-time.
This watch features the characteristic tobacco brown dial and is fitted with a brown calfskin strap by Santoni with decorative white stitching. This design is inspired by the typical overalls worn by pilots in Saint-Exupéry’s era. This model also features an engraving of a Lightning P-38 on the case back. It was in this particular model of aircraft that Saint-Exupéry took off on a reconnaissance flight from which he never returned.
IWC fans who are paying attention to this calendar should know by now that 2018 marks the 150-year anniversary of their well-known brand from Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Founded in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, IWC would gradually and slowly, over its own one-and-a-half-century-long history, develop a reputation for engineered watches — that the company’s Latin motto, “Probus Scafusia,” translates into “good craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.” To celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the brand, IWC has only unveiled two high tech tourbillon watches that clearly showcase the brand’s know-how in complicated watchmaking. Meet with the new IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” and the IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years.” The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” is significant as it’s the first time IWC has united a perpetual calendar with a tourbillon on the dial. The watch comes in a 45mm wide Portugieser-style instance, which IWC fans will immediately recognize from its distinctive short and curved lugs in addition to the chunky knurled crown. Paired with a black Santoni alligator strap and water resistant to just 30m, it goes without saying that it needs to be kept off from water.The dial is white and features a lacquered finish with large black Arabic numerals printed in the signature ribbon of IWC’s Portugieser watches. Sizable heat-treated leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and a straightforward railroad-style minutes monitor guarantee time is easily read.
This model features IWC’s tried-and-tested technology for pilot’s watches. The soft-iron inner case effectively protects the movement against the influence of magnetic fields, and the sapphire glass is specially designed to be protected against sudden drops in pressure in the cockpit.