In 2017, IWC shocked us while introducing the alluring, vintage-propelled and certainly cool Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Accolade for Mark XI” . Presently, it’s time for the Schaffhausen-put together brand to center with respect to the chronograph variant of this watch and to apply a similar formula: rod hands, artificial patine markers, cleaner dial and texture lash. What’s more, if the 3-hander was mimicking the Mark XI, the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724 is suggestive of one of the coolest 1990s watches, the Fliegerchronograph ref. 3706.
The Fliegerchronograph 3705 and 3706 are significant watches in IWC’s history, as they denoted the comeback of the brand in the field of mechanical pilot watches. More than 20 years prior, these 39mm watches, with Valjoux-based chonograph developments were such a renaissance of the appropriate instrument watch and hence, they are the absolute coolest “young-timers” we can consider. Furthermore, learn to expect the unexpected. IWC has chosen to make a watch that resembles these two more seasoned references, with the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724.
IWC takes the ref. IW377709, a watch in the assortment for a very long time at this point , as a base for its newest Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. Don’t be astounded to locate a similar case, a similar presentation, similar crown and pushers and similar details. The new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724 without a doubt has a similar 43mm steel case, with round brushed surface, a similar enormous crown/pushers, the very day-date show and a chronograph development (calibre 79320) which is as yet dependent on the solid Valjoux architecture.
What changes then? In the first place, the tie is clearly extraordinary, as made in green texture and built up with leather on basic regions – it is a similar lash as utilized on the 2017 IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Accolade for Mark XI” . The primary distinction is, obviously, to be seen on the dial. The formula is equivalent to the “Accolade for Mark XI” . No more propeller-like hands, no more cudgel hour files. All things being equal, we have the truly applicable mallet hands, the more slender hour numerals, straightforward cudgel hands for the sub-counters, a reasonable 1/fourth of a second track on the fringe of the dial and, significant, the vintage-like artificial patina lists at 3-6-9 and triangle at 12.
If the thought was to utilize a similar plan as the “Accolade for Mark XI” , the outcome gives the feeling that we’re confronting a 1990s Fliegerchronograph 3706, just with a bigger case – and truly, it looks rather cool.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724 will evidently be accessible online just, at a cost of USD 4,950 or EUR 5,500 (a similar cost as the customary rendition). More subtleties on iwc.com .