As part of its pre-SIHH 2019 oddities, IWC introduced a pilot’s chronograph – the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Bronze – with a lot of motivations to adore. “Vintaged”, more modest than the past Pilot’s Chrono, furnished with another production development and with a cool green dial and bronze case combination, it established a significant connection with us. Notwithstanding, bronze isn’t for everyone… And interestingly, the SIHH 2019 acquires this equivalent watch a more traditional material. Meet the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire 41mm Steel IW387901.
IWC began working on the Pilot’s Chronograph recently, with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724 , a somewhat vintage-motivated piece once again introducing a portion of the plan components found on the Mark XI and the 1990s ref. 3706 – the basic Flieger Chronograph, without the rattrapante work. Essentially, this watch was the cutting edge emphasis of the model that relaunched pilot’s watches at IWC. However, it was still huge at 43mm and still fueled by a Valjoux-based development. There was space for improvement.
As part of the pre-SIHH 2019 watches, IWC presented the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Bronze , a watch that was as yet roused (as it were) by the Mark XI and the 3706 however that presented a few new highlights. The case, despite the fact that in bronze (a decision that is consistently easily proven wrong), was more modest at 41mm in measurement. The dial, as a result of these new extents, likewise felt more adjusted, and it highlighted the cool showcase of the old IWC pilot’s watches. Also, to wrap things up, the watch was fitted with a “manufacture” development, something new in this assortment. Fortunately in the event that you are not an aficionado of bronze cases, there is currently a steel option.
The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire IW387901 is essentially a steel form of the bronze model. The case keeps similar extents, with a 41mm width and a 15.3mm thickness (IWC’s chronographs have consistently been rather thick). On account of the diverse material and the various finishings (the case is for the most part brushed and crown and pushers are cleaned), the watch offers a totally different sensation on the wrist. The caseback is likewise in steel, with a Spitfire decoration.
While the bronze model included a unique olive green dial, the steel IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire IW387901 depends on traditional codes, with a dark dial. The hands are now rhodium-plated to coordinate the case and the engravings are generally white. Another distinction with the bronze variant concerns the radiant paint on all fours, which is presently cream-shaded for a more classical look. Other than that, the showcase/format and signs are actually the same.
Inside the case, and covered up by a soft-iron internal argument for assurance against attractive fields, is a development of the 69xxx family – presented first on the 2016 Ingenieur and as of late utilized on the Portugieser 150th Anniversary 3716 . This programmed development depends on an incorporated/segment wheel architecture. The new chronograph type has been planned and created starting from the earliest stage together with ValFleurier (Richemont Group creation offices), as the new section level chronograph of the brand to gradually supplant Valjoux ébauches.
The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Steel IW387901 is certainly a decent expansion to the assortment, which gets back to a more toolish spirt and better extents. This watch isn’t restricted underway. The cost will be EUR 6,400. More details at iwc.com .