IWC Schaffhausen’s outstanding craft of creating functional, mechanical pilot’s watches has translated into something far more than just a simple and legible timing device designed for pilots. It has transformed into a horological icon, sparking many iterations with additional, useful complications. One such offspring is the practical IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner, a Super-GMT if you like. Following the Spitfire The Longest Flight and Le Petit Prince editions, the latest member of the family is the IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505.
IWC has been on a mission to update the emblematic IWC Big Pilot and Pilot’s Watch collections this year and shows no signs of settling down. We’ve seen new chronographs, a downsized Big Pilot, a sleek pair of Mojave Desert watches and complex Perpetual Calendar and Tourbillon models. And let’s not forget about the über-impressive Shock Absorber XPL. The latest novelty, however, is the Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner combines the essential legibility of the Big Pilot/Pilot’s Watch collection with the practicality of indicating a second timezone in a very simple and user-friendly watch. This full-black, tactical-looking watch has a case and crown made of Ceratanium, IWC’s special titanium alloy with ceramized treatment (and no worries, it’s not a coating). It measures 46mm in diameter and 15.1mm in height and has a full matte-black finish with sapphire crystals on both sides (the back one is partially tinted). The bezel has a ceramic insert with 24 cities in white.
The dial remains as legible as ever, with a matte-black base and light-grey indices and numerals, keeping the monochromatic look alive. The central hands display the local time, while home time can be read through the arched aperture at the top. This window displays three numerals at once, to easily identify the rotating direction. A date window completes the indications, a must-have feature on a traveller’s watch.
The rotatable bezel allows you to easily adjust the time on the go. Simply press it down, rotate it in the desired direction, align the corresponding city at 12 o’clock and release it to lock it back in place. The central local-time hour hand and the second time-zone (or home time) move along accordingly in one-hour increments. For locations that use Daylight Savings Time, the bezel has S-signed dots, and during the DST months, the bezel should be positioned to these dots to display the correct time.
Inside we find IWC’s in-house 82760 automatic movements. This makes use of the Pellaton winding system, using ceramic components to reduce wear. It has 22 jewels, runs at a frequency of 28,800vph, and provides 60 hours of autonomy on a full wind. The signature skeletonized rotor can be seen through the tinted sapphire crystal caseback.
Availability & Price
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 comes on a black rubber strap with a textile insert and a simple black pin buckle. It is presented as a limited edition of 500 pieces, at a retail price of EUR 18,200.
For more information, please visit IWC.com.
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