It’s the year of the Pilot’s watch at IWC, expect handsome pieces that meld elegance with performance and hardiness that define what an aviator’s watch ought to be. It’s a very broad range, straddling history (Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch and Mark XVIII), accessibility (Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36), and complications (Timezoner Chronograph); made complete with special editions from “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” and “Le Petit Prince” collections. IWC has also introduced minor design tweaks to current models including the Top Gun collection that generally return the aesthetics to something more in line with tradition. Most obvious change in this regard: not a triple-date in sight, anywhere.
Says Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen in explaining IWC’s intent for the year, “In 2016, we’re widening our range to include smaller Pilot’s Watches in the entry-level segment, without neglecting our traditional heritage.”