In my eyes this is one of the most remarkable watches IWC presented in the last years; it combines beauty, elegance and mechanical craftsmanship done in-house.
The new special edition is packed with technical highlights; including the IWC-manufactured 51613-caliber with “Pellaton”-automatic winding and 7-day power reserve. The latter’s display in the counter at “3 o’clock” is a constant reminder of the movement’s high efficiency. It generates enough energy to fuel a wealth of watchmaking complications, such as the perpetual calendar with its four-digit year display as well as displays for the date, day and month. All the displays are easily adjusted via the crown and advance automatically.
The perpetual calendar will not require intervention by a watchmaker until 2100, a year that breaks with the conventional 4-year cycle and will not be a leap year.
The midnight blue dial contrasts the characteristically bold cockpit design with the more understated displays of the perpetual calendar. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” is the first of IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watches to feature the classic moon phase display.
Guys, this is what makes this IWC so particular to me: The moon is ornamented by The Little Prince, who gazes at the star-studded night sky from his own tiny planet.
Wow! What a cool idea! Please discover this detail by viewing my photographs! I took them with a macro lens, so you can enlarge them quite a bit. Try it!
The figure is derived from the famous original drawing by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry that decorates the front cover of his best-known work. The 18-carat gold medallion on the rotor also features The Little Prince and can be admired on the reverse side of the watch through the sapphire-glass back.
The original title of the first edition, namely “LE PETIT PRINCE”, can be found engraved on the winding rotor.
The special edition in red gold is limited to 270 watches. Also included with the watch is a high-class edition featuring two rarities produced exclusively for IWC: first, a reproduction of the original first edition in English entitled “The Little Prince”; and, second, a reprint of the original handwritten manuscript in French, “Le Petit Prince”.
Mechanical movement – Pellaton automatic winding system – 7-day power reserve when fully wound – Power reserve display – Perpetual calendar with displays for the date, day, month, year in four digits and perpetual moon phase – Single moon – Small hacking seconds – Glucydur beryllium alloy balance – Breguet spring – Rotor with 18-carat gold medallion featuring an engraving of the little prince – Screw-in crown – Limited to 270 watches
Price: 45.500 Euro including 20 VAT in Austria
Frequency: 21.600 A/h (= 3 Hz)
Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
Materials case and folding clasp in 18-carat red gold, midnight blue dial, gold-plated hands and indices, coated with Super-LumiNova, brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching
Glass sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 6 bar
Diameter: 46 mm
Case height: 16 mm
My PHOTOS taken today in Schaffhausen at IWC