Today the good people of the International Watch Company unveiled their new range of pilots watches at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) watch trade fair in Geneva, Switzerland. As it so happens, I’m in attendance at the show and got a chance to check these guys out first hand. The Schaffhausen-based watchmaker released the Top Gun Miramar Chronograph Automatic (named for the location of the Top Gun USMC training base) in advance of the show, but today the company unveiled the full Pilot’s Watch collection â€” much to my enjoyment.
The first serious watch I ever purchased was an IWC Portuguese Automatic â€” something I started dreaming about when I was in my twenties. Eventually in my early thirties I was able to pull the trigger on the “watch of my dreams” and a shiny new IWC came home with me. Little did I know at the time, but buying watches is a slippery slope â€” though definitely an area I have become much more interested in after buying my first real watch. So now for better or worse, I have a list of watches that I want to own at some point. An Audemars Royal Oak, a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, everything from Rolex I don’t already have and finally an IWC Big Pilot.
At first the big pilot turned me off. That giant crown (which is the way it is so pilots could adjust the watch with their thick gloves before planes were pressurized and temperature controlled) was not for me. It was just too attention grabbing. Over time I have grown to love the Big Pilot and the new “Top Gun” version with ceramic case (image below) is an interesting update to the collection and a watch that is a new addition to my growing list of desired timepieces.
Big Pilot Top Gun (Reference 5019)
The Big Pilotâ€™s Watch TOP GUN combines the classic functionality of the traditional Pilotâ€™s Watch with state-of-the-art technology. High-tech materials and modern design elements. The compact 48-millimetre case is made of high-tech ceramic and the crown of titanium. The largest self-winding movement from IWC will continue running for 7 days.
I’ll be covering SIHH for the next few days from Geneva, so expect more watches and highlights from the fair. Live coverage as always, is happening behind the scenes on the ACL Twitter, and more and more on Instagram: @acontinuouslean