The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502704) is the first and so far the only watch in the history of IWC with a blue movement. The manufacturing process required to make it has taken around 1.5 years to develop and refine. To give the IWC- manufactured 52850 calibre its striking blue colour, the plates and bridges have been coated with various metal oxides. The major challenge of this process was keeping the thickness of the coating consistent and achieving a completely even tone using the chemical vapour deposition technique (CVD). When combined with the blue screws and red gemstones, the blue movement creates the per- fect backdrop for the 18-carat red gold rotor: it depicts the little prince from the story with the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry standing on a planet staring out at the starry night sky.
In 2016, IWC took a step back towards the roots of the Big Pilot’s Watch and gave it a gentle facelift. The IWC-manufactured 51111-calibre movement unites some of watchmaking’s greatest achievements.
This article is literally the 5th or 6th time that I’ve written concerning the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid, therefore for regular readers, my apologies for repeating myself. With these sexy images of this Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Steel Translucent I couldn’t help but dive to the watch again. Along with the advantage of the specially coloured sapphire crystal caseback with this model, I think that the same approach can (and should) be used on additional skeletonized dial and movement watches. It actually becomes a real problem to inhibit the attractiveness of a fully skeletonized design together with the reality that if people wear these watches that they do not really want to stare in their very own skin through the dial.Inside that the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid is your brand’s in-house-made caliber A&S1615 manually wound mechanical movement I continue to love. It is not just that the motion is designed to look cool – although it’s – but rather the motion has some interesting mechanical features to boot. For instance, the double power reserve indicators are part of a system that uses 2 mainspring barrels to get a quasi-constant induce mechanism. The idea is that a primary mainspring barrel is utilized until it largely winds down. At the stage, the energy coming from it is too unreliable to power the equipment train for precise timekeeping. So, then the secondary mainspring barrel kicks in to ensure the most continuous power in order the A&S1615 motion is more precise across its 90 hours of power reserve.
When diving with oxygen tanks began to gain popularity, IWC introduced the first Aquatimer in 1967. This diver’s watch, water-resistant to 200 metres, had an internal rotating bezel for setting the dive time. In 2017 IWC celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Aquatimer family with the world’s first watch with a case made of Ceratanium®.
The Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer” (Ref. IW379403) is limited to just 50 pieces. Its most striking feature is the Ceratanium® case, which experts at IWC have been working on for more than five years. The special manufacturing process gives the metal a black, ceramic-like surface. Ceratanium® is both light and unbreakable like titanium, but also as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic. The material also scores well for its high skin tolerance and corrosion resistance.
The Aquatimer collection by IWC is celebrating its 30th birthday with the launch of a new model that the brand decided to clothe in an all-black livery. To achieve this, it devoted five years of R&D to developing a new material more resistant than a DLC-treated metal, the solution generally used in the watch industry for black cases. Ceratanium®, a titanium alloy featuring a ceramic surface, boasts the combined advantages of the two materials in terms of lightness, sturdiness as well as resistance to scratching and corrosion.
Even though Fabian Cancellara had been a friend of IWC for a decade, it is only since “Spartacus” retired that IWC were able to organise their first event with the double Olympic and quadruple world time trial champion. Fittingly, the “Spartacus Ride” was organised in his home town of Berne and allowed a select group of cycling enthusiasts, who had qualified at events organised by the Holmes Place gyms in Zurich and Geneva, to join Cancellara on his favourite training route along the Emme valley. Your editor-in-chief was lucky enough to join them for the ride, fortunately assisted by the powerful electric motor of a Trek Supercommuter+ 8S, which, when switched to “sport” mode, allowed him to power past the peloton on the final climb, not without a tinge of guilt.
Nico Rosberg has been an IWC ambassador since 2013, when, together with Lewis Hamilton, he became the first driver to join IWC’s family of ambassadors. This year IWC releases the Ingenieur Chronograph “Tribute to Nico Rosberg” to honour the world champion 2016 Formula One driver.
Nico Rosberg wearing «his» Ingenieur Chronograph «Tribute to Nico Rosberg» © IWC
The IWC-manufactured chronograph comes in an 18-carat red gold case, measuring 42mm in diameter, and was was designed by Rosberg himself in collaboration with Christian Knoop, Creative Director at IWC Schaffhausen. A special feature of this watch is its see-through sapphire-glass back, which is printed with the “NICO” lettering from Rosberg’s helmet.
As the UK’s go-to destination for the latest, high-end special watches, Harrods can always be counted on for some exceptional pop-up events. Last summer, for example, the London department store transformed its entire Fine Watch Room into a horological mecca celebrating craft and precision. This year it follows suit with Re-editions, where from 30 June to 24 July, the Fine Watch Room will be home to exclusive pieces that pay tribute to the past – with Harrods’ entire Brompton Road windows especially decked out for the occasion.
The movement is merely 4.4mm thick and also operates in 3Hz (21,600bph) and suggests that the time at a subdial with the seconds in a lesser, smaller subsidiary dial. For the steel edition of the Time Pyramid, Arnold & Son coats much of the motion bridges at “NAC Gray” for the darker look which contrasts nicely with the blue tones of the hands and screws as well as the lighter silver-colored gears and wheels. Don’t miss all the hand-decoration such as the chamfered and polished bridges. The overall look is very fine, and with the new manner of sapphire crystal caseback the whole demonstration of the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid steel is far better than ever.With the hand-stitched black alligator strap, this Arnold & Son Time Pyramid Translucent Back watch looks fantastic on the wrist, especially due to just how much of your own wrist you can’t see. The added element of fixing the sapphire crystal caseback is little but really effective, and that I can not see people wanting to go back to completely clear sapphire crystals on fully skeletonized dial watches (unless they are working on very intriguing wrist tans). Price for this reference 1TPAS. S01A.C124S Arnold & Son Time Pyramid watch is31,900. In 2013, Arnold & Son raised eyebrows with their Ultra-thin Tourbillon Escapement “UTTE” watch that, back then, was the planet’s thinnest tourbillon watch. The opinion was only 8.34mm thick and placed the calibre A&S8200 which measures just 2.97mm thick.
Ten brands (Cartier, Panerai, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Harry Winston, Hublot, Roger Dubuis and Richard Mille – whose £996,500 RM 50-03 McLaren F1 is limited to 75 pieces) are presenting new watches – all exclusive to Harrods for the campaign’s duration – and which take their cue from icons in the brands’ archives. A vintage vibe was unmistakable at SIHH and Baselworld this year, which Harrods has fully embraced.
Like its predecessors, the 11th in the series of IWC special editions, the Da Vinci Chronograph Edition « Laureus Sport for Good Foundation », is a symbol of hope for children and young people who are socially disadvantaged because they have mental or physical handicaps or live in difficult family cir cumstances. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these Laureus Sport for Good Foundation special edition goes directly to the Laureus Foundation and contributes to the funding of its projects.
The Da Vinci Chronograph Edition “Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” comes in e 42mm stainless-steel case, water resistant to 30m, and has a blue dial. Newly developed moving horns with curved lugs ensure that the black alligator leather strap by Santoni fits wrists perfectly. The chronograph shows elapsed minutes and hours on a subdial, so that the stopped times can be read off as if on an analogue watch. As usual, the timepiece has a central chronograph hand to show seconds. The watch also has a flyback function: pressing the push-button stops, resets and restarts the chronograph instantaneously.
IWC is adding three models to its Pilot’s Watch line in its anniversary year. All three models feature the design of the Jubilee collection. They can be recognised by their characteristic dials produced using a complex lacquering process in white or blue.
Once installed, the precision should hold for 122 decades, and a simple adjustment will ensure it for another 122 years. The hand-wound motion is an Arnold & Son fabrication A&S1512 which defeats at 21,600 bph using a 90-hour power reserve. As if the case back weren’t beautiful enough, the C?tes de Genève revealed during the movement is merely lovely.The Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon includes a brown or black hand-stitched alligator strap and is sure to grab the eye of many a watch lover. The Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch is priced at $30,500. When attempting to fix a issue, the start is always a fantastic place to get started. That is exactly the procedure followed by Arnold & Son in their endeavor to get rid of isochronal error from one of their newest pieces, the Arnold & Son Continuous Force Tourbillon. Arnold & Son’s heritage is present in the heritage of John Arnold and his son, a couple of the most important watchmakers to ever come out of England. Having packed his son off to learn at the back of the Swiss maestro, Arnold turned his attentions to the issue of these times: the quest for chronometric accuracy at sea.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW502708), in stainless steel with blue dial, is the only model in the collection with an annual calendar. Production is limited to 100 watches.
The annual calendar has an American-format display for the month, date and day in three separate windows on the dial and requires adjustment only once a year at the end of February. The Pellaton winding of the IWC-manufactured calibre 52850 comes with wear-proof ceramic components and generates a 7-day power reserve in two barrels. The movement is visible through the sapphire-glass back.
The Da Vinci Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph’s precious 44mm red gold case with golden push-buttons and lugs has a carefully balanced appearance. The harmonious arrangement of the three complications on the silver-plated dial, with the chronograph function at “12 o’clock”, follows the typical IWC pattern.
The most conspicuous feature of the watch is the flying tourbillon. Its cage is bearing-mounted only at one end, on the underside, and is not connected to an upper bridge. The tourbillon also features a technically complex hacking function that guarantees down-to-the-second accuracy when setting the watch. When the crown is pulled out, two levers grip the balance rim and block the mechanism consisting of the balance, wheel train and hands. New geometry in the pallet and escape wheel (made of diamond-coated silicon) combined with diamond shell technology ensures that the watch’s 68-hour power reserve when fully wound is maintained despite the additional complications.