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IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph Edition «Le Petit Prince»

| By Frank Geelen | 2 min read |
IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph le petit prince

When IWC opened its new boutique in Amsterdam last month, we had the chance to get some hands-on time with the new IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’. This latest edition of the Pilot Watch Chronograph features a striking blue dial and is the third edition to support the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, in its commitment against illiteracy.

Last year IWC introduced two other ‘Le Petit Prince’ editions: a Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’. Both featured a similar blue dial, which seems to be IWC’s trademark for the charity editions; just like the Portuguese Chronograph Classic Laureus Edition that was introduced some week ago. The new Pilot Chronograph Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ is a boutique edition, meaning it’s only available in the IWC boutiques. 

IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph le petit prince

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Whether it’s an argument to acquire one or not, these charity editions usually keep their value much better then the normal editions, on the second hand market. A unique version in platinum of the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar “Le Petit Prince” was auctioned in support of the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Foundation, for 173,000 Swiss Francs!

I don’t know if you ever read the book Le Petit Prince, or translated The Little Prince – if you haven’t, please do yourself a favor and read it – but it was not only a great book to read, it was also food for thought. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book has become a classic and is read all over the world, in many languages. Antione de Saint-Exupéry was not only a writer, but also a pilot and an adventurer. Since 2006, IWC has a partnership with Saint-Exupéry’s heirs and their charitable organization, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.

This version is similar, technically speaking, to the normal IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph that also features calibre 79320 – a modified Valjoux 7750 – and comes in a 43mm round stainless steel case. Different is the ‘midnight blue’ dial, with large applied hour markers at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The Arabic numerals and the hands are filled with Super-LumiNova for superb legibility in the dark.

IWC Pilot Watch Chronograph le petit prince

The other difference is an engraving of the Petit Prince on the case-back. Check your local IWC boutique for availability or visit the IWC website here.

9 responses

  1. I own the IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chrono and after seeing this I know hate it. This is one of the most beautiful IWC watches I have ever seen.

  2. This piece was so appealing that I wound up purchasing it new. I am very proud to add this to the collection and I am thankful for Monochrome for pointing it out to me and having such an in depth review of it. Thanks.

  3. Thank you. I appreciate it. Lovely piece. I recently ordered an authentic deployment/deployant clasp to give it the much needed final touch.

  4. I just bought one but it will arrive in a week or so. Could you please tell me which size watch band it uses? If you send me an email to [email protected] you’ll be my hero. Thank you so much.

  5. How do you check that you have bought a genuine Le Petit Prince. I cant find a list of serial numbers to check mine?

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