2 posts tagged IWC Pilot's Watches
2 posts tagged IWC Pilot's Watches
It’s that time of year - everyone is adjusting their clocks and watches to reflect summer time as the days get longer and longer. On March 30th, Schaffhausen will turn its clocks forward one hour, so we thought it appropriate this week to discuss a watch that is all about adjusting the time on the fly - the Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer.
The Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer starts with the same foundation as IWC’s other Pilot watches - there is the matte black dial with extremely legible white numbers and markers, broad, easy to see hands, and the altimeter-inspired triple date window. It even retains the anti-magnetic soft-iron inner case and hacking seconds functions. But, added to all this are 24-hour and cities rings around the perimeter of the main dial, offering a whole new realm of functionality.
Reading the Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer is very straightforward. The main dial tells you your local time, and your current timezone is indicated by the arrow at 12 o’clock pointing to the corresponding timezone on the cities ring. Adjusting your local time, forwards or backwards, can be done simply with the crown, which can either fully set the time to the second or jump full hours one at a time. Then, to read the time in any of the 24 timezones on the ring, you simply read the hour on the 24-hour dial that sits next to the timezone in which you want to know local time. Easy enough, right?
Drawing on the real military heritage of the IWC Pilot’s watch, the Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer also includes UTC (Universal Tim Coordinated), a military standard time allowing coordination of forces all over the world. It might not be something you’ll use on a daily basis, but it’s a nice nod to the history of the IWC Pilot.
So whether you’re moving across timezones, or just adjust the time in your own, it doesn’t get much easier than with the Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen
By Michael Friedberg, at SIHH in Geneva, Switzerland
As IWC magically transports its visitors to an aircraft carrier at SIHH, so it continues this theme with the press. The idea is not simply to show journalists images of pretty dials and relay detailed specifications. Instead, press groups are treated as troops ready for a briefing. Initially, IWC welcomes them ceremoniously into a command theatre known as a briefing room, and immediately they’re prepped for their next mission.
Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Perpetual Calendar
Inside, the journalists sit in rows looking a wall of monitors charting location and activity. Suddenly, a film unveils. It’s not directly about watches, but instead blasts the roar of F18A Hornet jets- setting an exciting mood. With dossier print, the short video tells about the Top Gun pilots, the elite of the elite. Yes, watches are shown, in the context of instruments as the jets zoom and maneuver. But the unsuspecting journalist needs to fasten his seatbelt more than take notes. This is action- breathtaking action.
Nina Jaegle, from IWC’s Headquarter PR team, then unveils a second film, describing IWC’s new models as if they were instruments needed to prepare for flight. She reveals that there are three groups: five new Top Gun models, the updated “regular” models –the Mark XVII, the Chronograph, the Double Chronograph and the Worldtimer, and also the new special Spitfire models. It’s not easy to cover all 14 models briefly, but the introduction gets it all in, with military precision. You can view the entire new collection here at your leisure.
Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar Chronograph
Underlying all this is a message: these watches are more than watches, and they stand for something. There is skill, precision and excitement underlying these instruments. The press, with all their own skills, now have become Top Gun trainees who are mission-ready. The Press Squadron is ready for deployment.