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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Scramble! IWC Top Gun Miramar Chronograph

IWC has just launched a new formation within the IWC Pilot’s watch family known as the Top Gun Collection.  First to power down the runway is the new Top Gun Miramar Chronograph. With a 48 mm ceramic case and anthracite dial, this flyback chronograph will require a powerful wrist if it is not look overly obtrusive.

The Miramar is powered by the in-house IWC 89365 chronograph movement with an impressive 168 hour power reserve. The crown, chronograph pushers and case back are made from titanium and the Miramar comes fitted to a military style webbing strap.

Big Pilot’s Top Gun Miramar Chronograph

The watch is inspired by Miramar, the legendary Marine Corps Air Station located just outside San Diego, which was once the home of the Naval Fighter Weapons School better known as Top Gun.

The collection also consists of two Pilot’s Watches: the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun and the Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month.

“For the new Top Gun Pilot’s Watches we drew on our long tradition of manufacturing unusual deck watches. In the 1940s, Pilot’s Watches made in Schaffhausen were widely used as so-called B watches for flight navigation.

“Back then, only wristwatches with the highest possible precision were good enough for navigators: the pilot and his crew would synchronize their watches to the navigator’s.” Since the main priority for navigation is optimum legibility of the seconds and minutes, these two were often the only indicators shown on the outer ring; the hours would be relatively small and appeared on a central ring." Georges Kern, CEO IWC Schaffhausen

The hour circle and the chapter ring are featured separately on the dials of the Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar and the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar.

The dark, metallic sheen of the grey ceramic case and the matte anthracite of the dial are  designed to resemble precision instruments used in aviation.

The use of specific camouflage colours such as beige for the hands and chapter ring, together with green for the strap, underscore the military look.

All the watches in the collection are equipped with IWC-manufactured calibres which is the reason for the 48-millimetre case diameter.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun comes with a host of  features including a perpetual calendar with its four-digit year display, moon phase display and seven-day power reserve. It represents the clear-cut instrument look of the 1940s with ultra-modern watch technology.

The tiny aircraft silhouette on the seconds hand creates an eye-catching signal-red highlight on the black-and-white dial.

New look IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar  

Originally introduced in 2003, for 2012 all the models are fitted with IWC-manufactured calibres. The gold and stainless-steel cases are meticulously machined by hand; the result is a vibrant interplay of shiny, silky matte and structured surfaces. It is the first IWC Pilot’s Watch to show the date and month digitally in the form of four large numerals; The Spitfire Chronograph with its IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre is available in red gold and stainless steel.

Slight modifications to Classic Pilot’s Watches

The most conspicuous change compared to their predecessors – with the exception of the Big Pilot’s Watch – is the vertical triple date display at “3 o’clock”, whose form underscores the cockpit-style design more emphatically.

For 2012, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII is 2 millimetres larger at 41 millimetres.

With its new red design features, the dial of the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph is even more attractive, and thanks to a larger case diameter – now 46 millimetres – it is also significantly more legible.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph has increased by a moderate 1 millimetre to 43 millimetres. The new Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer has a 24-hour ring that enables the wearer to look at all 24 time zones, including the Universal Time Coordinated (UTC).

“It is with pride and confidence that IWC looks forward to 2012, our year of the Pilot’s Watch. We have six exciting new models, including two Perpetual Calendar models, with some of the most complex watchmaking features imaginable, the new Miramar design line and the new-look Spitfire collection,” Georges Kern, CEO IWC Schaffhausen

We'll post pictures of other watches in the Top Gun Collection as soon as we get them.

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