Lately, IWC has been releasing some cool Pilot’s watches. The NEW IWC Pilot Chronograph L.E. for Australia (pictured above) that was just released is a fine example of this. For starters, this watch is only limited to 50 pieces and is exclusively available at Watches of Switzerland Boutique’s througout Australia. Watches of Switzerland is a luxury Australian watch retailer and family owned business that has a long withstanding partnership with IWC for 20 years. This watch was manufactured to celebrate this partnership. I love that it’s only limited to 50 pieces. This is nothing for a limited edition piece! IWC needs to make this in a production version because it has so much character and looks like something from their iconic past. The caseback is an engraved commemorative caseback, which includes the watch’s number in the limited editon.
What makes this watch cool for me personally is the dial. It’s a black dial with patina colored Superluminova-coated hands and indices to create a vintage-inspired look. Hours and minutes are indicated centrally, with small seconds shown on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the day and date displayed through two windows at 3 o’clock. The sub-dials at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively display 30-minute and 12-hour counters for the chronograph, with a central hand in white for the chronograph seconds. Collectors and enthusiasts who have a keen sense of detail, will notice that the subseconds hand located at the nine o’clock position is white instead of red (which has been standard on production IWC Pilot’s chronograph models in steel).
The case is stainless steel and a great size at 43mm and is powered by the robust IWC 79320 Calibre, a self-winding chronograph movement beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph and offering a max power reserve of 44 hours. It’s protected against the effects of magnetism by IWC’s patented soft-iron inner case. Finally the watch is fitted on a brown Santoni leather strap with contrasting white stitching. This watch retails for $7,950 Australian Dollars (roughly $6,300 USD’s).