IWC LAUNCHES PERFORMANCE-ORIENTED TOP GUN PILOT’S WATCHES IN CERATANIUM® IN A TACTICAL ALL-BLACK DESIGN
IWC Schaffhausen is adding two Ceratanium® models to its TOP GUN Pilot’s Watch range. Engineered in Schaffhausen, this innovative new material combines the structural integrity of titanium with a scratch-resistance similar to that of ceramic and features a striking matte black color.The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium is the rst watch from IWC with a Ceratanium®bracelet, which is lighter than steel and very comfortable to wear. The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUNCeratanium is the rst TOP GUN model with a Timezoner® complication, allowing the wearer to change between different time zones effortlessly. Both novelties are powered by IWC-manufactured movements from the 52000 and 82000 calibre families.
he Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW503604) features a case, crownand, for the rst time, a bracelet made of Ceratanium®. As this material is based on a titanium alloy, the bracelet is around 30 percent lighter than a steel bracelet and extremely comfortable to wear. The black dial with gray numerals enhances the jet-black design. This TOP GUN model is powered by the IWC-manufactured 52615 calibre, visible through the tinted sapphire glasscase back. The Pellaton winding system is tted withcomponents made of virtually wear-free ceramic and builds up a power reserve of seven days in two barrels. A single nightly switching impulse from the base movement drives the perpetual calendar. Its mechanical program automatically recognizes different month lengths and leap years and will require no correctionuntil 2100. Another IWC speciality is the speci c moonphase display, which depicts the moon as it is seen from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. It is so precise that it will only deviate by one day after577.5 years. The annual production of this extraordinarytimepiece will be limited to 150 pieces.
The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium(Ref. IW395505) is the rst TOP GUN model with aTimezoner® complication. The watch can be set to a different time zone by simply pressing down and rotating the bezel. The hour hand, the 24-hour display and the date will move forwards or backwards in one-hour steps. This also works across the dateline and without losing a single second. The case is made of Ceratanium®, while the city ring is manufactured from ceramic. It contains the names of 24 cities, each one representing one of the international time zones. The numerals are printed in gray on the dial, while the numbers 12, 3, 6 and 9 are coated with a luminescent material. The jet-black tactical design is complemented with a tinted sapphire glass case back and a black rubber strap with textile inlay. The IWC-manufactured 82760 calibre uses a Pellaton winding system reinforced with ceramic components to build up a power reserve of 60 hours in the mainspring. The annual production of the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium will be limited to 500 pieces.
MACHINED FROM BARS AND FIRED AT HIGH TEMPERATURES
Ceratanium® is arguably one of IWC’s most importantmaterial innovations in recent years. IWC rst used thismaterial in 2017 for the case of the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “50 Years Aquatimer” (Ref. 379403). In 2019, the Pilot’s Watch Double ChronographTOP GUN Ceratanium (Ref. IW371815) was the rst all-blackPilot’s Watch. Ceratanium® is based on a special titaniumalloy that is forged to IWC’s speci cations. The casecomponents are machined from bars to minimal tolerances using computer-controlled turning and milling centers andare then elaborately nished by hand. Afterwards, the components are red in a kiln at high temperatures. During this ring process, a phase transformation occurs. As aresult, the surface of the material not only obtains properties similar to ceramics, such as hardness and scratch-resistance, but also its striking matte black nish.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium and the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium are available now through IWC boutiques, authorized retail partners or online at IWC.com. In addition, both timepieces are eligible for registrationunder the My IWC care program and thus bene t froma 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty.