IWC Schaffhausen adds two striking new models to its iconic ceramic Top Gun range of pilot’s watches.
Whether you’re a dynamic flyboy or you just like the rugged good looks of pilot’s watches, you’ll love the two new additions to the IWC Top Gun coloured ceramic timepiece family, IWC Lake Tahoe and IWC Woodlands.
IWC Lake Tahoe is presented with a white ceramic case and a black dial, while Woodland combines a dark green ceramic case and dial with pushers, crown and a case back in matte black Ceratanium. Both timepieces are powered by the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre movement and will feature an annual production of just 1,000 pieces each.
A double chronograph with a black zirconium oxide ceramic case and titanium case back marked the birth of the Top Gun line in IWC’s Pilot’s Watches family back in 2007. Since then, advanced materials have been the collection’s hallmark, lending these timepieces their distinctive technical look. In 2019, IWC introduced the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition Mojave Desert, the first Top Gun model in sand-colored ceramic and now follows up with two new chronographs in white and green ceramic.
Located between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a mountainous area frequently flown over by the pilots of the U.S Navy TOPGUN School. The winter landscape around this freshwater lake as well as white uniforms have influenced the design of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Lake Tahoe” (Ref. IW389105), which features a 44.5-millimetre white ceramic case, a pitch-black dial, and black hands coated with luminescent material. The pushers and crown are made of stainless steel, while the case back is in titanium. The matching white rubber strap with a distinctive embossing accentuates the eye-catching design.
The flight suits of naval aviators have inspired the distinctive shade of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Woodland” (Ref. IW389106). The newly developed “IWC Woodland” green is used for the ceramic case and the dial, while the numerals and hour markers are printed in a lighter hue. The pushers and the case back are made of matte black Ceratanium, a material developed by IWC that combines the lightness and structural integrity of titanium with a hardness and scratch-resistance similar to ceramic. A matching green rubber strap with textile inlay completes the design.
Both timepieces are powered by the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre, a robust and reliable chronograph with a column-wheel design. In addition, they feature soft iron inner cases to protect their movements from the effects of magnetic fields. The front glasses are specially secured to withstand sudden drops in air pressure. Both watches are water-resistant to 6 bar and feature the iconic TOP GUN logo as an engraving on the case back.
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