New IWC Pilot's Watch Inspired by Best Combat Pilots

Aug 05, 2007
The IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN has been inspired by the TOP GUN pilots of the US Navy, the fighter pilots that are rightfully considered to be the best in the field. The symbol of the elite American pilots is discreetly featured on the case flank of the IWC watch as well as on the screw-down titanium case back of the pilot's watch.

The IWC watchmakers opted to produce the case of the Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN from high-tech ceramic, while the watch's operating elements are crafted in titanium. The black case of the IWC pilot's watch measures 46 mm in diameter. It is stamped with a distinctive touch of masculinity and styled as the cockpit instrument.

Relevant to the field of mechanical chronometry, the IWC watch provides the corresponding functions. The split-seconds function of the timepiece allows the measurement, with the second-accuracy, stop times together with any necessary intermediate times within a given minute. The two chronograph hands catch attention as they are designed with red counterweights shaped as the silhouette of a fighter aircraft. The black dial of the pilot's watch displays the totalizers that keep record of stop times up to 12 hours.

The latest addition to the IWC range of pilot's watches is based upon a new modern production method that results in the super-hard, non-magnetic, wear- and acid-resistant blanks. Today watch-makers are able to mould the case blanks in a more efficient and more accurate way. The blanks are baked at extreme temperatures between 1,500 - 2,000 degrees Celsius. Later they are cooled in a sophisticated process that allows the material to acquire all its supreme properties. Finally, the blanks are intricately finished while using diamond-tipped tools.

All the IWC TOP GUN watches to be produced in future will be based upon the successful mixture of ceramic and titanium for the case back and the operating elements. The case of the TOP GUN is considerably sized, still it offers the advantage of extremely low weight and comfort of wearing - the watch is secured to the wrist with help of a black nylon strap.

The IWC watch-makers provided the movement of the Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN with maximum protection against magnetic fields. They equipped the timepiece with an inner case produced from soft iron. As for sapphire glass, it was secured with special coating on both sides to protect it against a sudden air pressure drop. The automatic movement of the IWC watch provides a 44-hours power reserve.

Read trough the IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN - Major Characteristics:
  • high-tech ceramic and titanium case

  • mechanical chronograph movement

  • split-seconds hand for intermediate timing

  • day and date display

  • small seconds with stop function

  • anti-magnetic protection

  • 44-hours power reserve

The IWC Company boasts 70 years of experience in the development and production of reliable watches for professional pilots. The 'flight qualified' IWC Classic and Spitfire pilot's watches are highly demanded among aviators and aviation fans.

The IWC Pilot's Watch Double Chronograph Edition TOP GUN marks the appearance of the third category of IWC pilot's watches, following the steps of the Classic range that has already comprised two ceramic models, and the IWC Spitfire family. The most famous examples from the Classic segment are the two pilot's watches in black with cases executed in zirconium oxide. These are the 1994 IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph watches with 39-mm cases, and the 2006 IWC Double Chronograph watches with 44-mm cases, the latter produced in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces.

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