IWC Schaffhausen has launched three new chronographs in its Pilot’s Watches collection. The new ceramic models make up the IWC Professional Pilot’s Chronograph Collection and are directly inspired by timepieces that the brand created in the context of its ‘IWC-Military’ program in collaboration with some of the most renowned fleet squadrons, as well as the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels. The Pilot‘s Watch Chronograph Editions “Royal Maces,” “Tophatters,” and “Blue Angels” all feature the respective squadron patch on the dial and eye-catching details in the corresponding unit’s color scheme.
The IWC-manufactured 69380 caliber movement, consisting of 231 individual parts, powers the new chronographs. Each of the 44.5mm IWC timepieces in the collection features a zirconium oxide ceramic case with a soft-iron inner case to protect the movement efficiently from the effects of magnetic fields. The front glasses are specially secured to avoid displacement in the case of sudden drops of air pressure. A column wheel controls the stopwatch function. The bi-directional pawl-winding system supplies the movement with energy, building up a power reserve of 46 hours. The three IWC watches, “Blue Angels,” “Royal Maces,” and “Tophatters,” will be produced in limited edition runs of just 500 units each.