In the mid-30s International Watch Co. Schaffhausen developed the construction of first wristwatch for pilots and thus firmly established the brand IWC among the brave and strong men – conquerors of airspace. These watches have quickly gained a reputation of accurate and precision instruments, demand for them grew very fast, and for nearly eight years, Schaffhausen has been producing its timepieces in different ways.
As part of the ongoing cooperation with the IWC factory heirs of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, IWC recently released a new watch: IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”. These watches is in limited edition, there were only 1,000 copies, of course, it builds on the model IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph, but besides the obvious visual changes, it has a mechanical chronograph.
The relationship between the IWC and Antoine de Saint-Exupery roots in 2006, when it was released the model of IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph “Night Flight,” paying tribute to Saint-Exupery’s novel of the same name. Saint-Exupery was a famous pilot and writer, and created such works as the above work of “Night Flight” and “Southern Mail” and “Wind, Sand and Stars”. However, he is probably the most famous work of “Little Prince “, in native language of Saint-Exupery it sounds like” Le Petit Prince “.
Model IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” has a striking blue dial, typical for other models of a special series of watches Saint-Exupéry from IWC. On the dial there are 3 discs that are present in the model IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph, with a second hand at around 9:00, and 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 12 and 6 hours, respectively.
You can see the stars on the dial, and around the center of the dial are seven carved stars, where one of them in gold. Gold disc is beneath them and moves randomly in seven sprockets each week. Although the order in which the drive is moved by the stars of cases, but this random procedure will be repeated every week. As a result, the owner can use this fancy mechanism to report weekday.
Following the tradition of limited edition watches IWC Saint-Exupéry, the back cover has a unique design. In this case, on the back of the model IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” depicted the seven stars, each of which represents one of the planets named inhabitant, which was visited by the little prince: King, conceited, a drunkard, a businessman Lamplighter, Geography and Rosa.
IWC watches are equipped with a caliber of 79 420, which is a modified version of the venerable Valjoux 7750. The frequency of the oscillation mechanism – 28800 pcs / h. The mechanism is equipped with a chronograph complication split with 44 – hour power reserve. Those who believe that the timepiece IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph is too large in size, will be pleased to know that the body of the model IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” is slightly smaller in size – namely, 44 mm in diameter.
The housing is made of stainless steel and the water resistance of up to 60 meters. Both sides of the body are made of sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Finally, the clock complemented matt brown calfskin strap with beige stitching and stainless steel clasp. Model IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” is produced in a limited edition of 1000 copies and costs $ 12,700 and is available only in boutiques IWC.