IWC revamped its Pilots’ Watch Spitfire scope this season with a clutch of new versions that feature bronze cases for the first time. Featuring manufacturemovements, a few of the models in this range must appeal to mainstream audiences with their accessibility and easy style.
The perpetual calendar is striking in bronze
At the very top end of this brand new lineup is that the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire (Ref. IW503601) currently introduced bronze with a military green dial. Limited to only 250 watches, the watch is powered by the in-house Caliber 52615 and has a power reserve of seven days and can be visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar is not fresh, but the bronze case and new color scheme gives it a totally new appearance.
The Spitfire Timezoner marks a significant travel
A special limited edition is devoted to pilots Steve Boulbee Brooks and Matt Jones and their projected IWC-sponsored flight round the world in a classic Spitfire aircraft. IW327101) is your very first IWC watch to integrate the brand’s patented, wearer-friendly second-time-zone mechanism to an in-house, automatic movement, dubbed Caliber 82760. This mechanism enables quick and easy re-setting of the moment, together with the date and 24-hour hand, in one movement.
The wearer simply presses the city-ring bezel down, turns it the city symbolizing the specified time zone is at 12 o’clock, and release. Both the flip side and the little, red-tipped 24-hour hand will proceed synchronously with the spinning of the bezel, and the date screen will also change accordingly, either forward or backward. Limited to 250 pieces, the watch will be priced at approximately $12,400.
At 41 mm that is a very attractive chronograph
The newly revamped Pilots’ Watch Chronograph Spitfire, described by IWC since the”back” of the lineup, is the first IWC Pilot’s Watch chronograph to contain an in-house movement from the organization’s 69000 series of calibers and has also been slimmed down in diameter from prior models to a more contemporary and wearable 41 mm.
The self-winding, chronograph movement — Caliber 69380 — has a classical column-wheel design and displays elapsed hours and moments on subdials at 9 and 12 o’clock, the day and date at 3 o’clock. Its double-sided pawl winding system, an IWC technical hallmark, enables the movement to collect a power reserve of 46 hours. The 41 mm case is constructed from bronze (IW387902), harmonizing with the green dial and brown calf leather strap for a retro-chic vintage-military look.
Based on IWC, the bronze case will create a blackish patina as opposed to the green tinge found on many models. Its price will be approximately $6,250 (all pricing is not finalized and subject to change).
The Spitfire UTC includes a complication used by aviators a lot
The Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271” (Ref. IW327101) comes with an incorporated Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) function featured from the manufacturecaliber. Limited to 271 watches, the UTC function makes it easy to set a second time zone. When turning the crown in its central place, the hour hand moves forward or backward in hourly increments. If the dial crosses the International Date Line, the date display changes automatically. The time in the wearer’s home country can be read through the curved UTC screen in the upper half of the dial. The fabrication Caliber 82710 has a Pellaton winding with ceramic parts along with a power reserve of 60 hours. The watch is priced at $11,280.
The 39 mm backend automatic models
The entry-level timepieces in the new Spitfire range would be the Spitfire Automatics (Ref. Available in 39-mm wide steel (Ref. IW3268801) with a black bronze or dial (Ref. IW326802) with a military green dial, the two watches are powered by the manufacture Caliber 32110. The self-winding movement features a pawl-winding system that winds up on both sides and boasts an energy book of 72 hours. An inner cage made out of soft iron protects the motion against magnetic fields.