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The Bright White Ceramic IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe

First spotted on F1 star Lewis Hamilton's wrist, and now officially presented, this will surely get noticed on the wrist.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

People who keep a close eye on Formula 1, and in particular on 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton might have already spotted this one, but IWC has just unveiled its latest TOP GUN family member. And it’s a big one, literally. What started in 2022 under the Colours of TOP GUN name is expanded once more with the introduction of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe IW503008. And sure, the concept of a coloured Big Pilot’s Watch with a perpetual calendar display isn’t entirely new, but looks oh-so-cool in full white ceramic!

The ‘Colours of TOP GUN‘ sub-genre of IWC watches comprises a few colours so far, all executed in ceramic or Ceratanium. So far, we’ve seen the classical black ceramic, but also Mojave Desert beige, Oceana Blue, Woodland Green and Lake Tahoe white. It’s no surprise what this one is called, as the 46.5mm wide and fully white ceramic case screams ‘Lake Tahoe’ from top to bottom. The all-white look is bold and daring, and definitely won’t go unnoticed when on the wrist. It’s fitted with a pressure-protected sapphire crystal front and back, and a steel diamond-shaped crown.

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The matte black dial shows no surprises, as it spreads all QP indications around the dial in the familiar Big Pilot’s Watch way. There’s plenty of canvas to be used, so even with all this information, it remains legible thanks to the balanced subdials, sharp contrast and large hands. The indications include the time, obviously, paired with the date, day of the week, month, year, power reserve and perpetual moon phase.

All this is driven by the Calibre 52615, which we know quite well from all the previous Big Pilot QP watches. Developed by Kurt Klaus in the 1980s, this large automatic movement fills the entire case and gets its energy from the large openworked central rotor. It can store a massive 168 hours, or 7 days of power reserve. The finishing includes the usual stuff, such as Côtes de Genève and perlage.

The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe IW503008 comes on a white rubber strap with a textile inlay and the signature deployant clasp. It’s not limited and retails for EUR 43.700, which is only marginally higher compared to the Mojave Desert Edition.

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4 responses

  1. I am about the same size as Lewis,so its easy to see this would wear REALLY large on me and I am not famous, so it will more silly than cool for sure.

  2. Why don’t you complain about the accuracy as you did on the King Seiko article? Where are the people who complained about the accuracy?

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