If there is one watch series that IWC Schaffhausen is most recognized for, it would have to be its iconic line of Pilot’s watches. Whether scrolling through Instagram, digging through the forums, or reading through magazines and websites, it’s hard to escape the presence of the Big Pilot and Mark series. Next month, three new IWC Pilot’s Watches will join the expanding ranks of the collection: the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry,” the Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage, and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Heritage.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Antoine de Saint Exupéry” is the obvious hero piece of the trio, coming in a 250-piece, limited-edition set with an attractive 18k rose gold case. The tobacco brown dial, gold-plated hands, and brown calfskin strap match handsomely to the case and are meant to recall the pilot suits from the days when Antoine de Saint-Exupéry took to the skies and wrote about his aerial adventures in classics such as The Little Prince and Night Flight. A stylized “A” underneath the Annual Calendar indicator offers a nice nod to the French pilot and author’s initial. The seven-day power reserve comes courtesy of the IWC in-house Caliber 52850 that includes a Pellaton winding system with parts made from long-lasting ceramic. But the real selling point for horological enthusiasts and fans of Le Petit Prince? A rotor constructed from 18k rose gold and crafted into the shape of a Lightning P-38, the same airplane model that Saint Exupéry took off in on that fateful Mediterranean summer night in 1944 — and never returned from. The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar “Antoine de Saint-Exupéry” is priced at $32,400.