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#DidyouKnow: This year, #IWC presented a high-tech model with a carbon-fibre case and – for the first time ever – a mirror-polished ceramic bezel: the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic.

#DidyouKnow: This year, #IWC presented a high-tech model with a carbon-fibre case and – for the first time ever – a mirror-polished ceramic bezel: the Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic.

Deep Dive with an IWC Collector: Paul Miles

In May, IWC launched the four week series Deep Dive with an IWC Collector, with the title serving as an homage to the Year of the Aquatimer. 

Over the last three weeks we’ve met serious IWC timepiece aficionados. From Adam Craniotes' love for his Top Gun Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar, Jemuel Ripley’s fascination with the history of the Ingenieur and Dr. Jay Kerner’s passion for diving and the watches he associates with this hobby, we’ve met three individuals that each bring a unique perspective to the world of watch collecting.

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 heritage.