Last however not least, of the four pilot watch ‘teasers’ that IWC has delivered in front of the SIHH 2019, is this proportional, vintage-motivated, bronze-cased, straightforward chronograph redesigned with an assembling development. The entirety of that may seem like music to the ears of numerous authorities. In any event, it does to us. Meet the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Bronze ref. IW387902.
Earlier this year, IWC presented the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377724 , a decent, marginally vintage-roused piece bringing back a portion of the plan components found on the Mark II and the 1990s ref. 3706 – the basic Flieger Chronograph, without the rattrapante work. Essentially, this watch was the cutting edge cycle of the model that relaunched pilot’s watches at IWC. Today, IWC applies a comparable idea to the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire… and more!
The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire ref. IW387902 will be effectively unmistakable gratitude to its particular bronze case. It isn’t the first occasion when that IWC depends on this popular material for a pilot’s watch. Bronze was utilized solely on the Big Pilot, which was a restricted creation piece – see here, the reference IW501005 . For the SIHH 2019, IWC carries bronze to the majority, by utilizing it as the case material for a more open chronograph watch with a non-restricted creation. The case has a matte completion and will acquire patina after some time. For security reasons, the caseback is in titanium.
However, that’s not by any means the only curiosity concerning the case. Above all, this watch has a decreased breadth of 41mm – making it nearer to the first Flieger Chronograph (at 39mm) and two millimeters less than the standard Pilot’s Watch Chronograph IW377709 (which is 43mm). For us at MONOCHROME, this is a shrewd choice. Not exclusively will the watch look more compact on the wrist, however it likewise takes into consideration a more adjusted dial and its numerous indications.
Matching the bronze case, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire ref. IW387902 shows a profoundly unique tone for the dial: olive green. The 3-6-9 records are little squares and the list at 12 o’clock is the famous triangle – the entirety of that motivated by the 1990s watches and the Mark XI. Being an individual from the Spitfire assortment, this watch depends on the mark propeller-molded hands, for this situation, plated in gold to coordinate the bronze case. The day-date sign, which has consistently been important for the model, is as yet positioned at 3 o’clock.
The other primary development concerns the consolidation, without precedent for a “simple” Pilot’s chronograph, of an assembling development. The ref. IW387902 is outfitted with 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/section wheel architecture. The new chronograph type has been planned and created from the beginning together with ValFleurier (Richemont Group creation offices), as the new passage level chronograph of the brand to gradually supplant Valjoux ébauches (more insights regarding the development in this top to bottom article .) Because of the counter attractive necessities (soft-iron enclosure), the development isn’t noticeable here.
Finally, a brown calf leather lash with a bronze pin clasp complements the plan. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire Bronze will be officially introduced at the SIHH 2019 in January.
Availability to be affirmed. Cost is EUR 6,990. More subtleties at iwc.com .