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IWC Schaffhausen’s ode to French pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupery

pilot-watch-chronographLet’s first talk about the IWC Schaffhausen’s tradition of watch families, such as the Pilot’s Watches, Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino. The latest addition to the Pilot’s watches family is the special edition watch to honour the French pilot and author Antoine de Saint- Exupery, a World War 2 veteran and the author of many books, who lived to for just 44 years and wrote the classic story ‘The Little Prince’.

The new pilot’s family watch has a tobacco brown dial and a brown calfskin strap with decorative white stitching: these are the most important distinguishing features of the watch. Now, two classics from the Pilot’s Watch family are available in the distinctive pilot-watch-automaticSaint Exupéry look for the first time: the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII. IWC is also unveiling a new model of the Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 with a brown dial.

Antoine de Saint- Exupery flights. The numerals and hands on the clearly structured dial feature luminous coatings to ensure good legibility, even at night-time. And with the second innovation, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Antoine de Saint  pilot-watchExupéry”, the Saint Exupéry family is gaining another new member in the form of the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII.

Both watches feature the characteristic tobacco brown dial and are fitted with a brown calfskin strap by Santoni with decorative white stitching. This design is inspired by the typical overalls worn by pilots in Saint-Exupéry’s era. The timepieces also feature an engraving of a Lightning P-38 on the case back. It was in this particular model of aircraft that Saint-Exupéry took off on a reconnaissance flight from which he never returned.

antoine-saintThe Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 was specially developed for women and watch lovers with slender wrists. With a case measuring just 36 millimetres in diameter, it is the smallest watch in the IWC portfolio. And now, there’s a new model on the scene with a brown dial and brown alligator leather strap. Thus, the mini collection now includes six elegant and compact sports watches in the characteristic IWC Pilot’s Watch design.

All three watches feature IWC’s tried-and-tested technology for pilot’s watches: the soft-iron inner case effectively  protects the movement against the influence of magnetic fields, and the sapphire glass is specially designed to be protected against sudden drops in pressure in the cockpit. The new models are available now in IWC boutiques and from authorised IWC retailers

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