Born more than 140 years ago, IWC watches enjoyed the title of ‘Watch Industry Engineers’ in the watch industry. Their flight models have been well received by the Air Forces of various countries since the 1930s because of their excellent and accurate characteristics Favored, it has always been a collector’s high-profile watch.
Continuing the brand’s long history of flying watches, today IWC has the most complete and excellent flying watch series in the Swiss watch industry, including Big Pilot pilot watches, Mark XXVI pilot watches, Spitfire Universal Time watches , Spitfire Chrono Spitfire Chrono Chasing Chronograph Watches and so on, all watch enthusiasts who love flying can find a flight watch that suits their style at IWC.
Big Pilot: the world’s largest automatic movement designed for pilots
的 The large pilot watches created by IWC can go on for decades without losing their popularity, because watchmakers are careful about the internal structure design of pilot watches. The Pilot Big Pilot, which was re-introduced in 2002, is the masterpiece of IWC’s many high-altitude flying watches. It is equipped with the 51110 exclusive production movement. This movement embodies the proven and proven mechanical watch history of IWC. The exquisite craftsmanship is currently the largest automatic movement in the world. The 51110 caliber equipped with the Pellaton automatic winding system, its ratcheting mechanism uses the pawl to interact with the gear technology, allowing the watch to achieve the best performance of two-way winding through a slight reciprocating action. 8 days and a half of power reserve accumulated in the shortest time; the delicate mechanism can stop the movement before the power reserve device is suspended after 168 hours of precise operation (7 days), so that the mainspring can be prevented from being inappropriate The possibility that the ground torque affects the amplitude of the oscillating weight will have a negative effect on the accuracy of the escapement system. In 2006, IWC introduced a variety of new versions of this exquisite watch with minor changes. The design of the hour and minute hands and dial has also been changed accordingly with the new pilot watch series in 2006, which is more elegant and harmonious.
Mark 16 Pilot’s Watch: A fusion of tradition and modernity
It has been more than 70 years since IWC launched the first pilot watch in 1936. Its performance was designed for the special environment in the cockpit at that time, so that the watch was not disturbed by the instruments in the cockpit and remained accurate. The dial design makes it easy for the driver to read the time at any time. The classic Mark XVI watch design has more flight watch features. The dial is enlarged in diameter and mimics the design of the cockpit instruments to make it more concise and legible. At the same time, SuperLumiNova patented fluorescent coating is applied to the dial and hands. Make the time display clear. The style of the watch is elegant and retro, and its superior antimagnetic protection performance makes the watch excellent and precise.
The diameter of the Mark XVI watch is 39 mm, which is 1 mm larger than the diameter of the Mark XV watch, making its proportions more harmonious. The Mark XVI watch is equipped with a 30110 self-winding movement, which operates convincingly and has a 42-hour power reserve that accurately displays the date and time.
Spifire UTC Spitfire Universal Time Watch: Powerful Pilot
Aviator watch represents the traditional essence of Schaffhausen IWC. In 1936, the IWC watch factory introduced the ‘watch dedicated to pilots’ for the first time. Spitfire, as a well-known fighter in the history of aviation, attracts attention for its elegant appearance and superb technical characteristics.
Universal Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is very important for pilots. It is based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which makes the time difference around the world consistent. To this end, IWC launched the 24-hour Universal Time Pilot’s Watch since 1998. This is important not only for pilots, but also for travelers who frequently travel to and from continents, as well as business people who need to communicate with the world. The local time and date displayed on the Spitfire Global Time dial can be adjusted up or down in one-hour increments by adjusting the crown. The wearer’s time is displayed in a window on the dial in 24-hour mode. The curved window of the new Spitfire Global Time watch has moved from the upper half to the lower half of the dial. The overall visual appearance of the dial is more coordinated, like a blooming innocent smile.
Spitfire Chrono Spitfire Chrono Watch: Designed for people who do not need a co-pilot
In a deafening roar, two fighter formations passed. They flickered left and right, climbing at a nearly vertical angle, and drawing an arc in the air that made people take sharp turns. When the performance reached its climax, the fighter aircraft made an action called semi-external somersault, and the audience responded with warm applause. There are no other models that are as beautiful and flexible as Spitfires, which make aircraft enthusiasts obsessed with. A total of 20,351 aircraft left the production line, the largest number of aircraft manufactured in the UK. In 1936, chief designer Reginal Mitchell created a masterpiece combining technology and aerodynamics. The wide wing area allows this single-seat aircraft to fly with sharp arcs, giving it excellent flexibility. . A Rolls-Royce engine with 1030 horsepower is used. From the first generation to the second generation with more than 2,000 horsepower. Spitfires continued to serve until the 1950s, and a small number of them still exist today. This excellent aircraft is enviable as a living legend, and has become an expensive collectible item: a fully restored aircraft in its original state is worth about 3 million US dollars Yuan, if you can find it.
Schaffhausen IWC watch designer, transplanted the elegant lines of this streamlined interceptor fighter to the Spitfire chronograph watch. In almost the same way that the metal skin is fixed to the bracket with rivets, the numbers and hands of this watch are ‘riveted’ on the dial. Makes the watch look distinctly three-dimensional. In addition to the red double chronograph seconds hand used to calculate the intermediate time, the mechanical chronograph movement drives the other five hands to make its shape reminiscent of the propeller blades of legendary fighters and reconnaissance aircraft.
TOP GUN Navy Air Combat Watch: Designed for people who do n’t believe in gravity
Allow to take off! The jet engine made a deafening roar. The auxiliary ejection device was activated, pulling the jet to a speed of 300 kilometers per hour in two seconds: an amazing pulling force for both humans and fighters. In the cockpit are graduates of the legendary U.S. Navy Fighter Defense School with Top Gun to defend the warrior class. This title is given only to the most responsive and heroic fighter pilots. Flying in the most extreme narrow arcs, they must withstand a centrifugal force that is 10 times the gravity, pushing them to the limit of their physical fitness.
The pilot watch chronograph series TOP GUN navy air combat watch is designed for such extreme conditions. It brings together all the know-how accumulated by Schaffhausen IWC to design watches for professional pilots. The case is made of high-tech black ceramic, and the buttons, crown and case back are machine-made dull gray titanium. The inner case uses soft iron to resist the magnetic field, and the time measurement measures the time in the middle. Watches from IWC are the model of the most exquisite haute horology and the foundation of the company’s reputation in the international haute horlogerie market as an important brand. Long before IWC Schaffhausen officially announced the release of the pilot’s watch, the prototype watch was subjected to 30 relentless tests, just like the Nevada-trained Top Gun defenders. Climate tests simulate a variety of climates from the Arctic, Shahara, and rainforest. The watch was immersed in sea water for two weeks to test the resistance of the watch to harsh salt water. The impact test exposed the watch to a very small number of timers that can maintain a non-destructive acceleration rate: vibrations and percussions in millisecond intervals for several hours, accelerating 5000 times the gravity. Only watches that can continue to operate accurately can win the Top Gun defender logo. This respect for top drivers is no coincidence. For IWC watch designers, the two have one thing in common: only the best is good enough.