IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot's Watch Heritage
This timepiece is limited to 1500 pieces and is inspired by the original design of the iconic Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 T.S.C. The bronze case takes on a slight patina and gets darker with time, giving the watch a charm all of its own. While pure copper is relatively soft, the high-tech bronze alloy used by IWC contains aluminium, which makes it harder and more rigid. Bronze, which is also used for the conical crown, is wear resistant and extremely durable. A soft-iron inner case protects the movement against the effects of magnetic fields. The IWC-manufactured 52110-calibre has a Pellaton automatic winding system with parts made from black or white ceramic. It builds up a power reserve of 7 days in two barrels. The leather strap is divided into two sections that are sewn together at the ends, preventing it from being dropped when the wearer is putting it on. The brown calfskin strap further underscores the heritage character of this timekeeper.
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In 1868, the American watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones travelled from Boston to Switzerland and founded the ‘International Watch Company’ in Schaffhausen. His visionary dream was to combine advanced American manufacturing methods with the craftsmanship of Swiss watchmakers to make the best pocket watches of his time. In doing so, he not only laid the foundation for IWC’s unique engineering approach but also established the centralized production of mechanical watches in Switzerland.
Over its 150 year history, IWC Schaffhausen has developed a reputation for creating functional complications, especially chronographs and calendars, which are ingenious, robust, and easy for customers to use. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC today specializes in highly engineered technical watch cases manufactured from advanced materials, such as titaniumaluminide and Ceratanium®. Preferring the principle of “form follows function” over decoration, the Swiss watch manufacturer’s timeless creations embody their owners’ dreams and ambitions as they journey through life.
IWC sources materials responsibly and takes action to minimize its impact on the environment, creating intrinsically sustainable timepieces that are built to last for generations. The company prides itself in training its own future watchmakers and engineers, as well as offering an excellent working environment ...