Answer Eight Questions, Win A Trip To The IWC Manufacture In Schaffhausen
From time to time, we like to host a little contest, and who better to team up with than IWC. We are offering one lucky reader an all-expenses paid trip to Schaffhausen, Switzerland to get an inside look at the IWC manufacture. How cool it that?
Of course, a member of the HODINKEE team with join you on your horological adventure. To add a little challenge to the mix, we’ve created an eight-question quiz about all things IWC. If you get all eight questions correct, you’ll be entered into a random drawing for the grand prize.
Want an edge? All you have to do is follow HODINKEE and IWC across social media, where we’ll be giving out clues for the eight IWC trivia questions over the coming week.
Taking To The Skies With The Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "JU-AIR"
It’s no secret that IWC has been active in the field of aviation for nearly a century. The earliest Fleiger watches from IWC date to 1936 and they can sell for big money on the vintage market. But it’s not just a vague historical connection here. IWC continues to work in the field, as today’s special edition watch shows. Here we have the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “JU-AIR” to celebrate two decades of preservation.
The Junkers JU-52 is a legendary plane and there are only eight still flying today. One of those has had the IWC logo emblazoned on it since 1994 to show IWC’s support for JU-AIR, the private airline that keeps these aircraft in service. To launch the partnership, three of the JU-52s flew to Venegono, Italy for a ceremony, and in 2000 the IWC plane began a circumnavigational tour to show off the new pilot’s watch line-up.
The watch here commemorates all this in a modified “Spitfire” chronograph – the Spitfire pilot’s watches have bright silver dials instead of the usual black. The JU-AIR is almost entirely monochromatic, save the red seconds hand and arrow for the date display, giving is a really dramatic look. It’s bright and easy to read on the wrist, despite the lack of contrast.
The 43mm stainless steel case has a JU-52 engraved on the back and inside you’ll find the caliber 89365 movement. This movement is a flyback chronograph with 68 hours of power reserve. It’s automatic and has hacking seconds as well.
The Edition JU-AIR is limited to only 500 pieces worldwide.
The Portofino is known for its simplicity. The family of watches is all about pure lines, legibility, and letting what’s not there speak louder than what is. These are all great traits, but it doesn’t mean you can’t add some complexity to the mix once in a while. The Portofino Chronograph does just that, adding functionality and a little extra style to the otherwise reserved archetype.
The time-only Portofino is about as simple as a watch can get. The Portofino Chronograph carries the same thin baton markers (with lanky Roman numerals at 12 and 6), a cleanly printed minutes/seconds track at the very edge of the dial, and a slim bezel that gives priority to the dial itself.
What’s new is the chronograph complication. At 12 o’clock you have a 30 minute totalizer with the 12 hour totalizer down at 6 o’clock. A running seconds register at 9 and day and date windows at 3 balance things out. All are cleanly executed.
Looking closely at the dial, you can really see the level of detail IWC has worked into what looks simple at first glance. There are a variety of grained textures as well as the printing and the sunburst finish, giving the dial a great depth. Both dial colors are nice and look good with the red gold case, but the ardoise is especially handsome here.
As usual there is the Portofino engraving on the caseback, along with the IWC and Portofino signatures. It’s a simple, straightforward way to finish of a watch that balances cleanliness and complexity.
Laureus Sport For Good Helps Out In Russia With A Portuguese Chronograph Classic
IWC has had a long standing partnership with the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, hosting events and creating limited edition timepieces that celebrate the foundation’s work and give a little back. Well, today we’ve got news on both fronts for you, with a new Portuguese Chronograph Classic launched after a day of sport in Russia.
The latest Laureus event with IWC was hosted last week in Moscow at a boarding school for intellectually disabled students. The students had the opportunity to play table tennis and basketball with top Russian athletes including gymnast Alexei Nemov and synchronized swimmer Angelika Timanina. After, the new Portuguese Chronograph Classic was revealed, with a case back featuring a drawing from 16-year-old student Masha Nikulina.
The Portuguese Chronograph Classic “Laureus Sport For Good Foundation” is a limited edition of 1,000 stainless steel watches. Mechanically, they are identical to the previous versions of the Portuguese Chronograph Classic, featuring the caliber 89361, an in-house chronograph movement that uses the nested chronograph totalizers at 12 o’clock. It’s a serious chrono with classic Portuguese styling.
The biggest update here is the rich blue dial that the Laureus watches are known for. It looks particularly striking here, with the silver applied numerals and white printing standing out nicely and the red tip of the chronograph seconds hand adding a little extra contrast.
Finally there is the caseback engraving, a nice reminder that this is a watch doing some good beyond your wrist.
Last week IWC hosted a dinner in New York City (and two in the Los Angeles area) to connect collectors and media with the mission in the Galapagos. Director of the Charles Darwin Foundation, Swen Lorenz, was present and our associate editor, Stephen Pulvirent, moderated a short discussion with Lorenz about the goals of the CDF, how to responsibly visit the Galapagos, and how to get involved in other ways.
Lorenz shared an important message, asking guests to please visit, but to visit responsibly. Without tourism and without spreading the love of the Galapagos Islands, conservation would be missing out on many opportunities to engage in important projects, such as the shark tagging supported by IWC.
Also launched last week was a series of membership programs that allow anyone, anywhere in the world, to support the Galapagos from a distance. The membership levels begin at $20 to Adopt a Species and go up to the $1,000 Benefactor level, which includes VIP access if you do make your way to the Islands.
In the fourth and final week of the series, Paul Miles is our featured collector. Originally from London but calling Brooklyn home since 2008, Paul spends his days working on Wall Street. However, his evenings are spent curating an extensive watch collection and finding comfort in the fact that he’s not the only guy who spends his days thinking of calibres, case backs and the perfect strap.
Q. What first sparked your interest with timepieces?
I can’t believe I’m going
to admit to this, but it was a fake watch that started it all. I was around 11
years old, when I saw a sporty looking timepiece on my cousin’s wrist at a
family event. At the time, obviously, I had no idea what it was. All I knew,
was that it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen, and I was obsessed
by it. Pretty soon after that, I had saved enough of my allowance to purchase a watch, which was followed a couple of years later by a bright colored
Swatch. Things only got more serious from there. Watches have been a major passion of mine for 20 years now, which makes me feel
both proud, and old.
Q. Which IWC timepiece is your favorite? Why?
I wear my Big Pilot 5004
nearly every day, but I’d have to say the Pilot’s Chronograph was the first
answer which sprang to mind. The 3717-01 was my first ‘real’ mechanical watch,
so there is undoubtedly a sentimental aspect to my answer, but aside from that,
it’s just a fantastically well designed watch which really captures the spirit
of the Pilot’s collection, at an accessible price point. The thin bezel makes
for a dial that is so clean, classic, and legible, yet with design flourishes
to make it interesting to look at. On the current model, the 3777, I
particularly love the expansion of the date window, which is a brilliant way of
furthering the aeronautical aspect of the design, by capturing one of the
defining features of an Altimeter. A simple change, which says so much. Aside
from the aesthetics of the piece, I also love the rotor ‘wobble’ of the
movement - a gentle reminder of the mechanical ‘heart’ powering the watch.
Q. What do you think makes a timeless watch, in terms of design and appeal?
Put simply, I believe
that a timeless a watch is one which maintains the DNA of the brand, yet can
be constantly pushed forward, whether in terms of the design, the materials
used, or the complications of the piece. I believe that IWC really understand
this and are one of the best in the business at pushing the boundaries whilst
still creating watches which maintain the heritage of the brand, making them
easily recognizable as coming from Schaffhausen. If I could jump into my
DeLorean, rev it to 88mph and head 100 years into the future, I know I would
have no trouble recognizing an IWC watch from the crowd. There are not many
brands I could say that about. It is no coincidence that despite being
primarily a vintage collector, I am equally enthused by both modern and vintage IWC.
Q. If you could design an IWC timepiece, which fine watchmaking elements would you include?
I’ve always enjoyed IWC’s
boldness in terms of the materials they use, so I’d start with a case made of
an exotic material, such as Ceramic or Titanium. For the dial, I’d include
the clean design and legibility which I mentioned as being a key part of my
devotion to the Pilot’s collection. I’d borrow the all-encompassing display
back from the Portuguese Automatic, so I could watch the Pellaton winding
system in action. Finally, I’d include a functional, yet interesting
complication, such as a rattrapante chronograph. In other words, it would be
a perfect blend of everything I love about IWC: functionality, style, and
The Portofino Chronograph Gets A Tan Just In Time For Summer
The Portofino Chronograph has been a classic part of the IWC line-up for some time now. And while there have been a few dial and strap choices, the Portofino chrono has only been available in stainless steel. Not any more. Just in time for summer, the Portofino Chronograph is now available in a rich red gold case that goes great with a tan.
The Portofino Chronograph serves as the entry-level, all-purpose chronograph in IWC’s collection. The case design combines a dressier aesthetic with a sporty 42mm size that make the Portofino appropriate in almost all circumstances – an alligator strap makes it perfect for a night out, while a nylon NATO can take it to the beach.
This combination of formal and casual looks carries over to the dial as well. The three-register chronograph has a 12-6-9 layout, with the 30-minute totalizer up top, the 12-hour totalizer at the bottom, and a small running seconds register at 9 o’clock. Balancing things out are two windows for the day and the date at 3 o’clock. The dial shows a lot of information while retaining a legible and even look.
The new red gold Portofino Chronograph is definitely a bit more refined than its stainless steel counterparts (especially with the dark ardoise dial). It’s more sporty dress watch than dress sport watch, but it will make a great companion for that long summer holiday.
Two weeks ago, IWC launched a 4 part series entitled Deep Dive with an IWC Collector, where each week the IWC Blog introduces a U.S.-based collector to our online audience.
In its first week, collector Adam Craniotes was featured, and last week, Jemuel Ripley was introduced. For week 3, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Jay Kerner to the series.
Considering that 2014/2015 is the Year of the Aquatimer, Dr. Kerner is a perfect IWC collector to highlight, as his main interests include the ocean and dive watches, as well as tiki bars, though not necessarily in that order.
Q. What first sparked your interest with timepieces?
As a beach lifeguard
in my youth, a ‘waterproof’ dive watch was de riguer. They were about
twelve dollars and lasted nearly the whole summer, so I was rarely without
one on my wrist. Many years later, at a jewelry flea market in Florida, I
spotted an inexpensive diver, which brought back those memories, and here I am
today with more watches than any sane man requires. Q. Which IWC timepiece is your favorite? Why?
While I’m a huge fan
of IWC in general, there are two pieces that I’m particularly fond of: the
Aquatimer GST ref. 3536 in titanium and the Fleigerchrono ref. 3705 in
ceramic. Why? I think it’s the combination of vintage vibes and the
nod to modernity that they embody; the 3536 and 3705 hark back to the early
days of divers and Fleigers, both in design and function, and yet also point
the way to the future.
Q. What do you think makes a timeless watch, in terms of design and appeal?
IWC, in an excellent
example of forward thinking, was an early adopter of titanium as a material for
use in watch cases and bracelets, which debuted with their Porsche Design
collaborations in the late 70s and early 80s, and was further refined in the
ref. 3536 Aquatimer; the latter’s innovative push-to-turn
bezel alone was worth the price of admission. And speaking of
casework, the ceramic cased 3705 was near futuristic. Sure,
ceramic cases are approaching the mainstream now, but in the mid-90’s they
were quite exotic. Talk about anticipating the market! Q. If you could design an IWC timepiece, which fine watchmaking elements would you include?
My design preferences
would include clarity, robustness, an interesting case design and an
interesting movement. Ideally, it would blend together elements from the
past and the present, which is a hallmark of IWC’s timeless designs. Clearly it
would be a watch for a man!
Beginning last week, IWC kicked off a four week blog series which highlights a U.S. collector. As an homage to the Year of the Aquatimer, we’re calling it Deep Dive with an IWC Collector.
For the second post in the series, we sat down with Jemuel Ripley, a member of New York City’s watch club known as the Red Bar Crew.
first sparked your interest with watches?
In the mid 90’s, I was walking through a department store where I noticed a watch display - the sheer size and weight of the pieces, along with their seemingly huge design features, caught my eye. At the time, I
could never imagine spending that much money on a watch or having a watch that
large. Almost two decades later, I finally made the leap and purchased my first luxury watch. That’s really where it all began.
Q. Which IWC timepiece is your favorite? Why?
A tough question for sure. I only buy watches that I truly love and
intend to keep as long as I can. I’m not the type to flip watches and
get pretty attached to them. If I had to choose one IWC as favorite it
would have to be my 3227-01. The Ingenieur is a perfect balance
of design and engineering that looks incredible on its robust, yet refined, steel bracelet. It also looks great on a custom strap. I can wear it for a business
meeting or a weekend out and about and never have to think about it fitting in
contextually. I also just love the weight of the piece - a massive beast.
Q. What do you think makes a timeless (in terms of design and
Great design is timeless - it just works. IWC is one of those brands that
understands that and isn’t afraid to push the envelope and experiment. So
many pieces in the IWC stable are based on great design and evoke a timeless
quality, which is a major reason why I love the brand and my collection. I plan to
wear them forever and hand them over to my son so that he can continue to wear
them, knowing that their timeless quality will endure.
Q. If you could design an IWC piece, which fine watchmaking
elements would you include?
One of the things that I have always loved is a really well done chronograph -
not too flashy but with an engineering flair that just looks technical. The 3714-01 is a great example of this and one of the reasons I love the
piece. Another great technical feature is the internal rotating bezel of
the 3538 with it’s decoupling feature at 10M. I also love AR coatings and
the way it changes the perceived color of the face depending on the angle and
the light. There are so many more features to consider but these are just
a few that come to mind.
Just because this is the year of the Aquatimer doesn’t mean all the other IWC families are going to be neglected. Sure, you’re not going to see the same upheaval, but there will be subtle yet significant changes and additions to the line-up across the board. Last week we saw two new Ingenieur hit the scene and here we take a first look at both.
The first of the new additions is the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic, which, as you’d expect from the name, is all about high-tech materials. The 46mm case and the dial are made from carbon fiber and it’s all topped off with a ceramic bezel and crown guards. The mix is drawn from Formula 1 racing and inside beats an in-house 80110 automatic movement with 44-hour power reserve.
Even with the large size, the watch is extremely light because of the carbon construction – carbon is only one-fifth as heavy as steel. Bright green dial markings and strap stitching gives the watch an even more aggressive look.
This is a limited edition of only 1,000 pieces and you can learn more here.
Next up is the Ingenieur Dual Time. The first dual-time Ingenieur in the collection (which you can see here) has been replaced by a new take on the GMT complication, the aptly named Ingenieur Dual Time. It takes the classic aesthetic, reminiscent of the Ingenieur SL, from its 40mm automatic brother, but adds some color and an extra hand to the mix.
It’s a little larger than the basic automatic Ingenieur, at 43mm, but the integrated bracelet and highly legible dial are nice and classic. The while dial seen here has blue accents, while there is also a black dial with white accents. You’ll notice the day/night coloration of the 24-hour scale, which makes reading the second timezone extremely intuitive. You can learn more here.
next four weeks, IWC will highlight a U.S. collector in an ongoing series – as
an homage to the Year of the Aquatimer – known as Deep Dive with an IWC
inaugural Q&A features Adam Craniotes, a New York City-based IWC collector
and self-described “gentleman journalist” for the watch industry. He also hosts
a weekly gathering for collectors in the tri-state area. Most importantly, Mr.
Craniotes can say that since he was 8 years old, he has never gone a single day
without a timepiece on his left wrist.
Q. What first sparked your
interest with timepieces?
long as I can remember I’ve had a special place in my heart for watches, but
this yen didn’t metastasize into full-blown obsession until I was 8 years old,
when my grandfather bought me my first timepiece, a Casio F-7. That watch
was the first of many Casios that I would own throughout grade school, middle
school and high school, and while I have since “graduated” to higher
end mechanical pieces, I still have a soft spot for Casio digital watches.
In fact, I found another F-7 on eBay several years back and gave it to my
son on his third birthday. Now my first watch is his first watch (he’s going
to have to wait a bit for that Father & Son Pilot’s watch set, though).
IWC timepiece is your favorite? Why?
IWC’s contemporary lineup, my flat-out favorite piece is the Top Gun Big Pilot
Perpetual Calendar. For me, it represents everything that I love about
IWC – innovation, heritage, design – all wrapped up in a single package.
Innovation? IWC pioneered the use of both ceramic and titanium in
watches, and both materials are present in this watch. Heritage?
Mention “pilot’s watch” to any collector or watch fanatic, and
the Big Pilot is the first watch that springs to mind. Design? Kurt
Klaus, one of the most famous watchmakers of our age, a living legend, and a
man whose name is all but synonymous with IWC, was the driving mind behind the
7-day c.5000 series movement and the pre-programmed perpetual calendar
complication that powers this watch. This watch, in a nutshell, is IWC.
Another piece that moves me
is the now-classic ref. 3227-01 Ingenieur, which was released in 2005.
This watch took the iconic Gerald Genta-designed Ingenieur SL
“Jumbo”, and modernized it with a larger, more robust case and a new,
CAD-designed shock-resistant movement (another industry first), the c.80110.
Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of watches would instantly recognize
it as having come from Schaffhausen. I’ve owned mine for years, and I
love it as much today as when I first put it on my wrist.
What do you think makes a timeless watch, in terms of design and appeal?
A lot of
what makes a watch timeless depends on the intent and purpose of the watch to
begin with. The aforementioned Big Pilot works at 48mm, because that’s
what it is – namely, a “big” pilot’s watch. However, 48mm won’t
cut it on a proper dress watch, now will it? Of course not. Ultimately
form has to follow function, and with IWC, this has always been the case.
An Ingenieur for engineers, a Big Pilot for airmen, an Aquatimer for
divers, etc; each of these lines was designed to fill a need, and by following
this lead, the end result has been a series of iconic watches that accurately
reflect their purpose without shouting.
If you could design an IWC timepiece, which fine watchmaking elements would you
ways, the TGBPPC is the watch that I would design for “my” IWC.
It has all the elements that make this manufacture so special, and
frankly, it never fails to put a smile on my face when I glance at my wrist.
Again, what are these elements? Innovation, heritage and design.
As a manufacture, IWC doesn’t create watches for sake of creating
watches; there’s a harmony of purpose and design at work that few other brands
have mastered to quite this degree, and it’s what keeps me coming back year
After A Historic Fourth 1-2 Finish, A Look At The Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil
Last Sunday, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finished 1-2 in the Spanish Grand Prix, earning Team Mercedes AMG Petronas its fourth 1-2 finish in a row. The last time a Formula One team accomplished this was nearly 60 years ago, so this is really a win worth celebrating.
The last team to win four straight races 1-2 did so back in 1955, driving Mercedes Silberpfeils, no less. The four races that year were the Argentinian, Belgian (Spa), Dutch, and Italian Grand Prix, and you can see just how different racing was back then compared to now.
To celebrate the victory, we thought we’d take another look at the Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil, which bears this legendary car right on the caseback. The bold 45mm stainless steel Ingenieur case is complemented by either a silver or brown dial decorated with intricate perlage finishing, striking a nice balance between industrial and high-end looks. The pushers are integrated into the shape of the case, making activation crisp and easy, even at the wheel.
You’ll notice that the hour and minute totalizers for the chronograph reside in a single register at 12 o’clock, which makes reading elapsed time extremely intuitive. A tachymeter scale engraved into the bezel adds even more race-time functionality to the Silberpfeil. Tucked into the runnings seconds register is a small date window that is there when you need it and nearly hidden when you don’t.
Turning the watch over, there is a solid caseback with an engraving of the namesake car. Behind this though is an in-house movement, the caliber 89361, which is automatic and has a 68-hour power reserve. A transparent caseback might show this off a little better, but then we would lose the special engraving.
The most distinctive feature of this new Yacht Club Chronograph is the 45.4mm rubber-coated stainless steel case. We’ve seen this galvanized rubber treatment on previous watches, most notably some Aquatimers, but it’s a first in the Portuguese collection. This is offset by the polished steel bezel and pushers, which adds some shine to the otherwise matte appearance.
The deep black dial is complemented by a matching black minutes/seconds track around the outer edge – the standard version has a white track here, breaking up the visual impact of the dark dial. You do however get white accents on the running seconds at 6 o’clock and the outer portion of the chronograph totalizer at 12 o’clock. Combined with the luminous leaf hands, this gives the watch a great balance between elegance and sportiness.
Inside is the same movement that powers the other Yacht Club Chronographs, the caliber 89361. This in-house automatic movement is a powerhouse, with a 68 hour power reserve and a chronograph that both is a flyback and uses the combined hours/minutes counters in one register at 12 o’clock. This makes reading elapsed time as intuitive as reading the time of day.
Only 250 of these unique Yacht Clubs will be produced and they will be available exclusively through IWC boutiques worldwide.
When it comes to IWC’s current line-up, you would be hard pressed to find a more classic, iconic design than the time-only Portuguese ref. 5001. It has a clean dial inspired by the original watches from the 1930s, an in-house movement with 7-day power reserve, and all the little details that make a modern IWC what it is. It’s best known in steel, but let’s take a closer look at another version of the 5001 in rose gold.
Here you have the same 42.3mm case that you’ll find in the other Portuguese 5001 watches, but executed in a rich 5N red gold. There are contrasting brushed and polished surfaces, giving some texture and variety to the robust form. The silvered dial has matching rose gold Arabic numerals in the distinctive Portuguese font.
There is the large date display at 6 o’clock as well as symmetrical small-seconds and power reserve indicators at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, respectively. The power reserve indicator shows off the caliber 51011’s impressive 7-day power reserve.
Speaking of the 51011 caliber, it is a serious modern movement with a lot of technology packed into a well-finished package. There is of course the IWC-signature Pellaton automatic winding system for more even power accumulation. The seconds hack, meaning they stop when you pull out the crown, allowing you to set the watch precisely to the second. Finally, a Glucydur balance with a Breguet spring ensures accuracy over time. You can see all of this through the sapphire crystal caseback.
A true powerhouse movement in an elegant solid-gold package. You can learn more here.
Honoring 50 Years Of Scientific Research In The Galapagos With A Limited Edition Aquatimer
IWC’s partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation permeates the new Aquatimer collection, but there is one watch in particular that stands out as benefiting the Foundation. The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” honors the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation and celebrates all the work they have been doing.
The Edition 50 Years Science (reference 3795, if you’re keeping track) starts with a 44mm stainless steel case in the new Aquatimer profile. This includes the architectural lugs and the grooved Safe Dive bezel, which rotates both directions but only turns the internal rotating bezel when turned counter-clockwise and does not turn it at all under water. The clutch mechanism is housed in the protrusion on the left side of the case.
What sets the Edition 50 Years Science apart is the matte black vulcanized rubber coating on the case and chronograph pushers as well as the special lume color on the dial. The hour batons, hands, and bezel markings are all a rich blue meant to mimic the blue of the famous blue-footed booby, endemic to the Galapagos Islands. You can see here how closely the color actually matches:
Inside the Edition 50 Years Science is an in-house caliber 89365, a movement in the caliber 89000 family but without an hours counter for the chronograph. You do get a 60-minute counter at 12 o’clock and the chronograph is a flyback, plus it can be used underwater. The power reserve is 68 hours and the watch is automatically winding.
The case is thick at 17mm, but it lends this watch a robust tool-watch feel. It wears well on the black rubber strap and if you turn the watch over you’ll find a special caseback engraving to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation.
This is a limited edition of only 500 pieces with proceeds benefiting the Charles Darwin Foundation. You can find more details here.
Exploring The Galapagos Islands With The New Aquatimers
IWC has had a long standing partnership with the Charles Darwin Foundation, based in the Galapagos Islands, but the latest collection of Aquatimers expanding this partnership with three special watches. We spent a few days last week exploring the Galapagos with IWC and of course had the opportunity to visit the Charles Darwin Foundation and to wear the new Aquatimers in their natural habitat.
The first watch is the most traditional of the bunch. The Edition Galapagos Islands is already a mainstay in the Aquatimer collection, and this new execution is really exciting. The steel case is coated in matte black rubber, giving it a really tactile quality and there are all the new features including the Safe Dive Bezel too. On the caseback is the iconic marine iguana (of which we saw more than a few).
Next is the Edition 50 Years Of Science For Galapagos,” which starts much the same as the Edition Galapagos Islands with the black rubber-coated case and clean dial. But, the dial here is adorned with blue luminous markings that give it a softer overall feel. The caseback has a special decoration to celebrate the Charles Darwin Foundation’s 50th anniversary, a milestone for scientific research in the Galapagos.
The last watch is the Edition Expedition Charles Darwin, the first even bronze watch from IWC. The material was chosen because it was heavily used in 19th-century shipbuilding and was a key part of The Beagle, the ship on which Darwin explored the islands. The material takes on a great patina, and you can already see it developing after two days of diving and hiking. Really a beautiful material and one that tells a story over time.
We will of course have more for you from this amazing journey in the coming weeks, here and on HODINKEE.
Meet Carmelo Anthony: NBA Superstar of the New York Knicks and Film Buff
a modern Renaissance Man, Carmelo Anthony’s knowledge and expertise spans far
beyond the basketball court. Whether it’s his philanthropic work with The Carmelo Anthony Foundation or his editorial contributions to Haute Time,
Carmelo embodies the spirit of a true culture aficionado. Obviously, this
includes his love of cinema.
a member of the New York Knicks, Carmelo understands the importance of camaraderie
and the bonds of unbreakable friendship. Knowing this, it’s not a surprise that
his favorite film is “Once Upon a Time in America”, starring Robert De Niro,
James Woods and Joe Pesci and directed by Sergio Leone.
his favorite movie hails from 1984, Carmelo lives in the present when it comes
to his favorite directors. “I like to support the up-and-comers, and there isn’t
a shortage of talented young directors coming out of New York,” said Carmelo.
someone who is no stranger to wearing IWC on the red carpet, Carmelo is
especially excited to see the brand represented on the hit series “House of
Cards”, starring IWC Friend of the Brand Kevin Spacey.
Thursday, April 17, tune into www.iwc.com/tribeca for live Instagram photos and
tweets from IWC’s “For the Love of Cinema” dinner red carpet, featuring both
celebrities and IWC timepieces.
You can see immediately that the new chronograph carries through a number of traits from the other two Le Petit Prince watches. Most notably is the blue sunburst dial, which looks incredible in person. You can see some hands-on photos with the Mark XVII here to full appreciate the dial color. The hands and markers also have that longer, sleeker form with pointed tips.
The specs on this watch are otherwise like those of the standard ref. 3777 Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. The steel case is 43mm and the movement is the IWC caliber 79320. This has a running seconds register at 9 o’clock, a 30 minutes counter at 12 o’clock, and a 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock. There are also bright white wheels visible at 3 o’clock displaying the day of the week and the date – the latter in the “altimeter” style of the new Pilot’s range.
Unlike the other Le Petit Prince watches, this watch is not a limited edition, meaning more collectors will have a chance to get their hands on one. The Mark XVII was limited to only 1,000 pieces and the perpetual calendar to only 270.
Meet Beth Janson: Tribeca Film Institute Executive Director and IWC Filmmaker Award Jury Member
Beth Janson is the Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Institute® and sits on the jury for the IWC Filmmaker Award. Beth joined Tribeca in 2004 after an impressive career in the film industry, including work with the Newport International Film Festival and HBO Documentary Films/Cinemax Reel Life.
What is the mission of the Tribeca Film Institute?
The mission of TFI is to champion storytellers to be catalysts for change in their communities and around the world. We provide filmmakers and media artists with more than $2 million each year in funding in addition to professional support and mentoring, and run film-based educational programming that reaches more than 30,000 public school students each year. We are a year-round nonprofit arts organization founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001.
Is there a filmmaker that inspires you? Right now, I am probably most inspired by One9 and Erik Parker. Their film, Time is Illmatic, which is opening this year’s Tribeca Film Festival® and which TFI funded, took years to make, and was a labor of love. It tells the very human story of wanting great things for our children, and profiles one man’s successful journey from the most forgotten parts of our society, to one of the most revered.
What is your advice to young people looking to get into filmmaking? Be curious. Intellectual curiosity is paramount to being a successful filmmaker. Channel yours and the rest will fall into place.
From your perspective, how has IWC’s partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute had a positive impact on the Institute’s students and alumni? While the IWC Filmmaker Award is designed to be awarded to a promising professional filmmaker, we do have a robust Education department at TFI which oftentimes facilitates teaching about the themes of our professional filmmakers’ works through study guides custom created for those films. As our partnership with IWC continues, we could think about including some of the IWC Filmmaker Award winners’ films in our educational programming in this capacity.
Watchmaking and filmmaking share many similarities – how do you think these two crafts complement one another? Both watchmaking and filmmaking require precision, patience and perseverance to achieve a finished product. In each trade, the final output is a product of a lot of hard work and an extreme attention to detail.
What are you most looking forward to when it comes to IWC’s continued support of the Tribeca Film Institute? IWC’s partnership with TFI has allowed one talented and promising filmmaker to work on his project without the specter of constantly having to seek funding hanging over him, and has provided him with invaluable guidance and support from our team at every step of their creative process. We are grateful to IWC for helping us to now extend that to a second filmmaker and hope to continue our partnership to afford many more filmmakers such opportunity.
To stay abreast of news on the partnership between IWC and TFI, please visit www.iwc.com/tribeca.