Swiss watchmakers Iwc Watch Video Replica are well-known among collectors for the watches they’ve produced for various militaries such as Britain’s Royal Air Force. The DNA of these historic military designs still pervades IWC’s collection, most prominently in the Big Pilot’s series and the Pilot’s Mark XVIII, both of which are military-styled, aviation-oriented pieces. Now, IWC have released a set of special editions of these models, the Mark XVIII Heritage and Big Pilot’s Heritage, all available in new materials and equipped with different calibers of varying specification.
Starting with the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage, the new piece is fairly similar to previous Big Pilot’s Watches with the exception of case material, which is now either bronze or titanium, and the inclusion of the very impressive IWC 52110 in-house manufacture caliber. IWC’s automatic winding 52110 features a staggering 168 hour (seven day) power reserve, Côtes de Genève and perlage finishing, and 31 jewels, all ticking along at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) inside of a soft iron inner case to resist magnetic fields found in aviation environments. The standard Big Pilot’s 51111 caliber features more jewels at 42 but beats at a significantly slower 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz). Otherwise, the 46.2mm case, signature crown, and vintage inspired leather strap remain similar in style to previous Big Pilot’s.
To commemorate this special opinion, the Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph comes with a commemorative case back that shows the watch’s number from the limited edition series. The case back also gets the Watches of Switzerland emblem and a distinctive design that celebrates its 20th anniversary.This is a view that I think a lot of IWC fans, especially those that are also lovers of the present vintage-inspired watch fashion, will love. They haven’t messed about with all the traditional good looks of this ref. 3777 and whatever small changes you can find have been tastefully implemented. The only problem, however, is that there are only going to be 50 of these. The Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph is priced at AU $7,950. IWC has launched the limited-edition IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport Edition “50th Anniversary Of Mercedes-AMG” watch to commemorate, as its name implies, the gold anniversary of AMG, the performance motoring arm of Mercedes-Benz. The watch will be offered in a limited run of 250 pieces and is available at just a small premium over the normal Ingenieur Chronograph Sport.Under the dial, this watch stocks the identical motion as the normal production IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Sport or the Portugieser Chronograph, which is the in-house Caliber 89361. An automatic chronograph outfitted with 68 hours of power reserve, this motion features flyback performance, a feature that fits right in with all the motorsport racing motif since it’s utilized to time successive periods of time like race laps. Additionally, it has the unique hour and minute totalizer (which we discussed in the above mentioned linked-to article) in 12 o’clock that is meant to generate the chronograph reading more intuitive.
For those with more regular wrists and bank accounts, IWC have also produced the Mark XVIII in a special Heritage edition. The new IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Heritage retains the aviation style dial and hands as well as the modest 40mm case size from previous models. New is the use of titanium as a case material which lends the piece a utilitarian feel as well as a much lighter overall weight. The inclusion of IWC’s 35111 caliber also differentiates this new model from it’s forebears and while it isn’t a totally in-house caliber like those in the Heritage Big Pilot’s, it is still a capable 25-jewel movement based on the Sellita SW300 as opposed to the 21-jewel, ETA 2892 base movement found in the standard IWC Mark XVIII. A slightly less impressive caliber like the 35111 with a more approachable 42-hour power reserve also helps to keep the price somewhat reasonable.
If anything, these new additions to the Iwc Pocket Watch 952 Replica Heritage collection help to round out a previously daunting collection in terms of physical size. The Heritage Big Pilot’s 48 and 55, released last year, are probably unwearable for almost everyone other than professional body builders and pilots who intend to wear the watch outside a flight jacket. It seems like IWC have sought to make their Heritage pilot’s watches more accessible across the board with the IWC Mark XVIII Heritage now available in titanium as reference IW327006 but still at a mid-level price point and the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage bringing the more haute watchmaking approach in new materials (titanium is reference IW501004 and bronze is IW501005) and in a size at least some people can pull off. The IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Heritage retails for $4,150 and the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage is priced at $13,200. iwc.com