One of the oldest watch retailers of Australia is celebrating their 20th anniversary. And as a means to mark the occasion they will be selling a special edition “Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph Limited Edition” timepiece.
This relationship between IWC and Watches of Switzerland can be traced all the way back to when the chairman and founder of the store, Eric van der Griend established “Watches of Switzerland” in 1996, after 10 previous years of importing luxury watches in to Australia. His IWC exclusivity reign would last till 2000 when Richemont purchased the brands and allowed other Australian retailers the opportunity to sell IWC merchandise. But, despite this “Watches of Switzerland” is still in business and a family owned company, currently with four storefronts.
There was actually a previous partnership made by IWC and Watches of Switzerland, at the time to celebrate their 10th anniversary. This was back in 2007 and the timepiece that resulted from this interaction was the “Watches of Switzerland Limited Edition Portuguese Chronograph”, which only had 25 pieces manufactured for the occasion.
The 43mm case is made of stainless-steel with a solid case back, which has a special “Celebrating 20 Years” engraving, plus the number of each limited piece. There are two push-pieces to the right-side of the case that serve to operate the chronograph functions, with a screw-down crown in between them. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 60 meters (196 feet).
Time is exhibited on a black dial with patina-colored hands and Roman numerals, followed by smaller minute index markers. There are three sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 6 o’clock position; a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position; and a 30-minute counter at the 12 o’clock position. The hands and indices have all undergone a Superluminova coating, for an enhanced legibility. While the second’s hand which tends to be colored red, appears in white for this limited version. There is also a two-window day-date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph Limited Edition
The “Watches of Switzerland 20th Anniversary IWC Pilots Chronograph Limited Edition” (Ref#: N/A) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber IWC 79320 with 31 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 44 hours, when fully wound. Based on the original ETA 7750 caliber movement, but enhanced by IWC with various elements, like a soft-iron inner case patented by IWC that protects the mechanism against magnetic fields.
Mounted to the watch is a vintage-looking brown Santoni leather strap, secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. This is a limited edition watch with only 50 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit their official website here.
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