In a first for the company, IWC Schaffhausen has released a new version of its coveted Big Pilot’s Watch to be worn on the right wrist. This special edition of the classic IWC is the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Right-hander.” Featuring a new twist, the positioning of the iconic, conical-shaped crown, which is located on the left-hand side of the case. The “Right-hander” is much more practical to operate for those who wear their watch on the right wrist. Given that almost 40% of pilots are thought to be left-handed, and therefore wear their watches on the right, it is a fitting development for this IWC line, which has such a rich history in the field of aviation. Inspired by the Big Pilot’s Watch Caliber 52 TSC from the 1940s, the special edition features a generously proportioned case diameter of 46.2 mm, as well as the same eye-catching design seen throughout the family, which imitates easy-to-read cockpit instruments.
IWC Schaffhausen CEO, Christoph Grainger-Herr said: “I’m delighted that we’ve revisited one of the most recognisable icons in the IWC portfolio for this special edition. We are always striving to push the boundaries of engineering and design, and this new watch really exemplifies this drive. It has all the signature elements you’d expect, but with a crucial difference.” Driven by an IWC in-house 52010 calibre, the “Right-hander” ref. IW501012 has a stainless-steel case with a soft-iron inner case, which protects the movement against the effects of magnetic fields. The automatic Pellaton winding is fitted with ceramic components and builds up a seven-day power reserve in the twin barrels.
The strap is crafted in black calfskin leather. The slate-coloured dial features a power-reserve display situated at 9 o’clock, a small seconds hand at 3 o’clock, and a date display at 6 o’clock. The luminescent indices and hands guarantee optimum legibility, even at night or in poor visibility conditions. An exciting addition to IWC’s portfolio, the new watch released as an edition of 250 pieces will be available at IWC Boutiques and authorized retailers starting this month August 2019 with 3 months exclusivity in Australia and France.
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