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.
The proceed collected by Sotheby’s will go to the Antoine de Saint- Exupéry Youth Foundation, a globally active organization that campaigns to support children and young people living in difficult conditions.
Meaning that from the front of the watch taking a look at the caseback you find a dim reflection and no view of your sickly arm hair. From the back of the watch, you can see right through the other side. So compare this metal “Translucent Back” variant of the Arnold & Son Time Pyramid with the very first version that has the completely clear sapphire crystal caseback that I went hands-on with here. And this “updated” version costs a little more, naturally. How much does this especially tinted sapphire crystal caseback cost you? About $2,000. It does seem a little steep after the first version in steel has been released less than a year before.The Arnold & Son Time Pyramid watch initially came out in 2013, also in 2014 I analyzed the 18k rose gold edition of this Time Pyramid on aBlogtoWatch here. This remains one of my favorite watches produced by Arnold & Son nowadays because of its unique design, attractively symmetrical motion, and fantastic wrist presence. The circumstance is 44.6mm wide (water resistant to only 30 meters) and made using a crown o’clock as a result of the design of the movement. Additionally, it gives the case a more compact look as a result of the symmetry you get together with the crown posture.