IWC Schaffhausen has unveiled the Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince”, the first Big Pilot’s Watch with a chronograph function.
Unless you’re a keen horologist, you would be forgiven for not knowing that the first modern chronograph was the creation of Louis Moinet who, back in 1816, created the function for use in union with astrological equipment. His chronograph was able to measure time accurate to 1/60th of a second, giving birth to a feature beloved by watch aficionados ever since.
Continuing its homage to the most famous character of French writer and military aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, IWC Schaffhausen has created the Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince”. Marking the first Big Pilot’s Watch with the chronograph function, the new timepiece boasts a mechanical stopwatch controlled via a single push-button which is beautifully integrated into the distinctive conical crown.
The monopusher chronograph is controlled via a single push-button integrated into the crown, making it exceptionally user-friendly and practical. When the button is pushed once, a new timing starts. Pressing the button a second time stops the timing. Stop times of up to one hour are displayed on the totaliser at 12 o’clock. When the button is pushed a third time, the chronograph is reset to zero.
In the tradition of IWC’s special editions in honour of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s world-famous novel, the Big Pilot’s Watch Monopusher Edition “Le Petit Prince” features the signature deep-blue sunburst dial and is limited to 500 pieces. It is complemented with a stainless-steel case and rhodium-plated hands. In addition, the hands, indices, and applied numerals have been coated with luminous material to make the dial easier to read at night.
The timepiece is powered by the IWC-manufactured 59365 calibre movement, one of three in-house chronograph movements.
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