To honour its passion for motorsport, IWC Schaffhausen has launched a racing-inspired edition of the iconic Big Pilot’s Watch.
IWC has a long history of motorsports participation. After entering a partnership with Mercedes-AMG in 2004, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer also became the official engineering partner of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team in 2013. The watchmaker even established its own classic racing team, IWC Racing, in 2018.
With the Big Pilot’s Watch IWC Racing Works (Ref. IW501019), IWC pays tribute to its long-standing connection to motorsport. Limited to just 500 pieces, the Big Pilot’s Watch IWC Racing Works features a case, crown and case back made of grade 5 titanium.
IWC pioneered titanium in the watch industry in the 1980s when the company introduced the first wristwatch with a titanium case and bracelet. Over the years, IWC has continuously expanded the use of this light and robust metal, which is about 45 per cent lighter than steel and remarkably rigid. Thanks to its high strength-to-density ratio, it is widely used in motorsport to manufacture components of high-performance engines. The titanium case back is engraved with the IWC Racing Works logo.
A blue dial with muted white numerals complements the distinctively technical look of the 46.2-millimetre titanium case. The date display sits at “6 o’clock” and the power-reserve indication can be found at “3 o’clock”. Luminescent indices and hands ensure optimum legibility. The embossed structure on the blue calf leather strap underlines the sporty appeal of the timepiece.
The Big Pilot’s Watch IWC Racing Works is powered by the IWC-manufactured 52110 calibre, which has been engineered with a strict focus on performance and reliability. The bi-directional Pellaton winding system builds up a power reserve of seven days in two barrels. Components that are subject to particularly high stresses are manufactured from virtually wear-free zirconium oxide ceramic. A soft-iron inner case effectively shields the movement from the effects of magnetic fields.
The new timepiece comes with a matching blue calf leather strap, while the 52110 calibre offers a 7-day power reserve.
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