IWC Pilot’s Watch Saint Exupery 2012 Unveiled
Looks like Antoine de Saint-Exupery is back again into the hearts of timekeepers. The French aviator and author is the source of inspiration for the newest watch from IWC, their 2012-born IWC Pilot’s watch, and 6th timepiece out of the whole Antoine de Saint-Exupery commemorative watch series.
This time they’ve cased the exquisite piece in red gold, while the flyback chronograph boasts a superb tobacco-colored dial decked with an interesting sunburst pattern. One of the cool and interesting additions to this elegant piece of gadgetry is the way the chronograph minutes and hours are concentrically contained in subdials at the top of the main dial.
The back-side on the other hand is gorgeously decorated with an engraving that shows the last plane of Antoine’s, named the Lightning P-38, which brought the fabled author to his end, on the 31st of July 1944. In technical terms, the timepiece sports a 43 millimeter rose gold case, 15 mm thick that encases the automatic mechanical IWC manufacture caliber 89361 movement.
Turning away from their old tradition to number the in-house made limited editions as “one of NR”, they’ve finally caught the idea to inscribe individual numberings for each watch. This particular model comes as a limited edition of 500 units.