Man’s eternal quest to fly has been one of the most culturally significant forces in history, driving industry and even permeating the fashion industry. From aviator style sunglasses to pilot-inspired bomber jackets, there’s just something undeniably cool about taking flight. Much like sunglasses and coats, timepieces have long proven to be an important piece of equipment worn by pilots. And now, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery flying from Biscarrosse, France to New York, IWC has released its “80 Years Flight to New York” watch.
The beautifully handcrafted IWC Pilots Watch Timezoner Chronograph Edition “80 Years Flight to New York” features a 46mm case, with a chocolate brown dial accented by a matching leather bracelet. The self-winding, 89760 calibre stainless steel watch has a 68-hour power reserve. The watch also includes the IWC-patented time zone function, which makes it possible to check the time in over a dozen different locations. The glass of the timepiece is secured against pressure to avoid damage, which classic aviation watches featured. With over 323 components and 39 jewels, this watch is as intricate as it is ornate.