While the focus of this year for IWC is, undoubtedly, the return of the Genta-styled Ingenieur watch, relaunched with great fanfare in 4 different editions (including a handsome, yet costly titanium model), there is, of course, more to expect from the Schaffhausen brand. You secretive little thing, IWC…! We’ve recently presented the new green, steel case Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar. It seems that the green theme goes on again, with the launch of a luxurious edition of the classic Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41, now dressed in an audacious combination of green and rose gold.
No major surprises here. Despite its bold character, due to an usual combination of colours, this luxurious edition of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 relies on the same specifications as the steel counterpart introduced back in 2021, which was itself released first with a green dial (alongside a blue dial version, later followed by a classic black model). This means; a relatively compact case of 41mm in diameter, with the classic design of the collection. A no-nonsense, utilitarian watch that looks back at the brand’s history, the case is mostly brushed, yet is brightened up by several polished accents on the bezel, the side of the lugs, the pushers and the crown.
The rest is as you’d expect, with some thickness – 14.5mm, an average size for an automatic chrono – with sapphire crystals on both sides, a screw-in crown and caseback, guaranteeing a comfortable water-resistance of 100 metres. The main novelty comes from the material, as this watch comes for the first time in precious metal, or 5N 18k gold to be precise – meaning that almost all possible materials have now been used, including stainless steel, titanium, bronze, Ceratanium and ceramic.
This warm gold case is paired with a sunray-brushed green dial, a theme that seems dear to the brand in recent years – almost all classics have been presented in a green edition recently (incl. the Portugieser or the Big Pilot). The dial of the IW388110 has traditional white markers and tracks, however, the hands are done in gold tone to match the case. Complementing the dial, it is worn on a green rubber strap closed by a gold pin buckle, and equipped with the practical quick-change “EasX-CHANGE” system. A wide selection of leather or coloured rubber straps are available from IWC.
Under the sapphire caseback is the Calibre 69385, a Valfleurier-built chronograph movement with column-wheel delivering 46h of power reserve and pleasantly decorated. Presented as part of the permanent collection, and not limited, the green-and-gold IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 reference IW388110 is now available and priced at EUR 24,200 (incl. taxes) or USD 20,900 (excl. taxes). For more details, please consult www.iwc.com.