IWC goes to town with its Big Pilot’s Watch, fitted with a tourbillon and dedicated to the protagonist of Le Petit Prince, the charming prince from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella. Flaunting the Petit Prince sub-collection’s hallmark blue dial, the latest Big Pilot’s Watch belongs to the downsized, more manageable 43mm version introduced in 2021.
Since 2013, IWC has enjoyed a unique collaboration with the heirs of Saint-Exupéry’s estate and has dedicated several Pilot watches to the little prince. To mark the tenth anniversary of these editions, IWC reserves 300 pieces of its 43mm Big Pilot’s Watch with a case and diamond-shaped conical crown crafted in 18k Armor Gold – a proprietary alloy that is more resilient than conventional 5N gold. With a height of 14.58mm, the case is brushed with a polished bezel, crown and caseback and is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The deep blue dial with its radiant sunray finish features the large stylised gold-plated Arabic numerals of the “Le Petit Prince” editions, combined with the propeller-style hands and the gold-plated dots and triangle at noon of all IWC’s Pilot’s watches. As a pilot’s watch, legibility is taken seriously, and the Arabic numerals, hands and appliques are filled with luminescent material.
Following in the footsteps of the first 43mm Big Pilot to receive this complication – the Big Pilot Markus Bühler – the large aperture at 6 o’clock hosts the one-minute flying tourbillon fitted with a stop mechanism for accurate settings. Powered by the same movement as the Markus Bühler, the calibre 82905 – a member of the 82000 family – is wound by a bi-directional Pellaton system with reinforced ceramic components. The automatic movement beats at a 4Hz frequency and delivers a robust power reserve of 80 hours. As a special edition, the 18k gold rotor depicts the prince standing on his asteroid.
Availability & Price
The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Le Petit Prince (ref. IW329502) is a limited edition of 300 pieces and is available now at IWC Boutiques, authorised retail partners and online at IWC.com. It is priced at EUR 84,700.