A new watch released by IWC in the midst of the LVMH Watch Week that could have flown under the radar of a lot of people. This new limited edition watch by IWC is quite intriguing due to its timezone feature which is unlike most other dual timezone watches or GMT watches as it is in a different league to most of them. This new watch is limited to 1,500 pieces and can be bought through IWC or their authorised dealers.
What most people would find interesting about this watch is the Timezoner function, which hopefully we see a lot more of or just become the new standard when it comes to these types of watches. With this movement, the user of the watch will simply have to evenly press into the bezel of the watch to unlock it and then rotate the bezel to the city you want to change the time to, and the watch will automatically change both the time and the date of the watch. Next to some cities there is a little “s” marked next to them, meaning if that city is currently in daylight savings months the user has to turn the watch to the letter “s” so that way it accounts for daylight savings and sets the time accurately. For any other time zone that does not have to account for daylight savings simply turn the crown to the name of the city and align it to the middle of its name and you are all good to go. There is also a day or night indicator in the format of a 24hour indicator on the top of the dial that should be set by the user first in order to accurately use the Timezoner function. This function will show if the current time is either in A.M. or P.M. by showing the hour in its 24 hour format. The watch also comes with a hacking feature that allows the user to set the time more accurately, as this feature stops the second hand from moving.
The watch comes in a 46mm case size and comes in stainless steel and comes with sapphire crystal with an antireflective coating. It also features an exhibition caseback allowing the user to see the movement that powers this amazing watch, this caseback also comes in sapphire crystal. An interesting thing to note would be the small 18K gold medallion on the rotor of the watch that a few people might enjoy seeing through that caseback. The movement itself is the IWC 82760 Calibre movement that has a power reserve of 60 hours. The dial is in a luminescent blue dial and this is paired with a brown calfskin strap. This watch is also water resistant in accordance to IWC 6 bar and as they say it will have no problems with either water sports or snorkeling. I would be a bit cautious around water but the occasional splash the watch should be protected.
The way this watch handles a world timezone function is arguably my favourite as it is done in the cleanest way possible. It also blends the diver style of watches for a watch that is used for a completely different environment, which would be much more suited for a pilot style watch as indicated by the name. I would love to see whether IWC would make this a new standard with their watches and make it more accessible rather than it being a limited edition. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner “Le Petit Prince” IW395503 retails for $13,800 and can be inquired through IWC or any of their authorised dealers.