Some trips just keep going round and round in our collective imagination. Such is the case of the chronicled voyages of Antoine De Saint Exupéry, which has just been honored with yet another timepiece developed by IWC Schaffhausen, for their collection line named after the historic pilot himself.
This time around we get to recall a journey that hits close to home, as this timepiece pays tribute to Saint Exupéry’a transatlantic journey from New York to Lac de Biscarrosse in Southwestern France. This flight was the first nonstop crossing of the North Atlantic by flying and took over 28-hour and 27-minutes to accomplish, back in 1939, now celebrating its 80th anniversary.
The 46mm case is made of stainless-steel with a combination of polished and a brushed finish. And its solid caseback features an engraving of the Latécoère 521 flying boat plane inscribed on it.
This aircraft was deployed in military service during the Second World War, and then destroyed in 1944 by German forces as they fell back from occupied France. Coincidentally the same year that Saint Exupéry vanished while on a reconnaissance mission for the French Air Force in the Mediterranean.
Mounted to the case is a brown bezel engraved with the name of 24 cities on the rotating ring, with each city standing for one of the international time zones. Paris and New York have been highlighted in red to mark the historic anniversary this watch was made to celebrate.
Further details provided on the bezel, include: a small “s” for countries going thru their daylight savings time; while the red “UTC” inscription below London marks the current home-time. Overall this assists in providing a very intuitive bezel system, for adjusting between time-zones. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 60 meters (196 feet).
Time is exhibited on a brown dial with white Arabic numerals and white minute index markers. Also features the pilot’s watch signature white triangle with two dots, located at the 12 o’clock position. There is a day date at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 6 o’clock position. While, the register at the 12 o’clock position displays the recorded hours and minutes from the chronograph. So, the large white second hand is for the flyback chrono and the 24-hour hand is highlighted by a red tip.
Even though at first glance this timepiece may appear very “busy”, it’s actually very legible, besides the aforementioned quick-setting feature. The lozenge style-hands are also broad and feature a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is a white inner circle with Arabic numerals, serving as a 24-hour scale and pointed out by the red tipped hand. The dial is covered off by a convex sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflective coating on both sides.
IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph ’80 Years Flight To New
The “IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph ’80 Years Flight To New York’ Edition” (Ref#: IW395003) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 89760 with 39 jewels, 323 components and 28,800 Vph. It comes equipped with a flyback chrono and minute/hour totalizer. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 68 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a brown calfskin strap with exposed lighter brown stitching, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel buckle. This is a unique limited edition watch of only 80 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.
MSRP: $13,100.00 USD
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