Introducing The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW515202)

The Chronograph has arrived in IWC's Big Pilot collection.


IWC Schaffhausen’s Big Pilot watch isn’t known for its chronograph function, understandably so because there’s none in it… well until now. Inspired by one of the B-Uhr watches of the 1940s. Even when Big Pilot received the moniker “Le Petit”, in honor of a novel by the same name, it lacked a Chronograph. With the release of IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” Limited Edition, Big Pilot now harbors a monopusher chronograph.

This new offering by IWC comes with a stainless steel case, water-resistant to 60m and brushed with polished accents and with a diameter of 46.2mm. Thickness is more restrained 14.6mm considering that this is a pilot’s watch. Featuring a see-through sapphire case back, the sapphire crystal is secured against displacement by drops in air pressure which is understandable or even necessary for a pilot watch I suppose. The sapphire crystal comes with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The watch comes with a brown calfskin strap with stainless steel folding clasp.

The dial is sunray-brushed and has a gorgeous and mind soothing deep blue color with applied Arabic numerals, hands and markers comes filled with Super-LumiNova. Under the sun, the sunburst effect on the dial produces a deeply captivating effect. The propeller-style hands is a nice touch, further accentuating the aviation aspect of this pilot watch.

The movement that IWC used in this watch is their in-house calibre 59365 mechanical movement. It’s a monopusher hand-wound chronograph with column-wheel. The monopusher mechanism is a marvel of precision engineering, it has 66 parts and is manufactured with the Liga process as it’s called. The movement has 36 jewels and beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations/hour or 4Hz. Power reserve is an impressive 8 days which equals to 192 hours.

The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” IW515202 is limited to 500 pieces. It retails for EUR 17,200.

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