No compromises are permitted for anyone who wishes to be among the best. Not in himself, and not in his equipment. The combat pilots at the US Navy Fighter Weapons School are the best in their field. And the IWC pilot’s watches sporting the Top Gun logo, as flight-qualified and extremely robust timepieces, also represent the highest professionalism and operational readiness. After the double chronograph, which was the first to take wing in this top-flight category in 2007, the Edition Top Gun is now receiving its promised reinforcements. The arrival of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Automatic means that two extreme timepieces from IWC now bear the unmistakeable features of this range.
What the Top Gun models have in common:
They are black. Strong. Very masculine. They have a case made of a tough, yet lightweight high-tech ceramic material and a convex sapphire glass with an antireflective coating. They are worn on a lightweight nylon strap. Their water-resistance extends down to a depth of 6bar. The operating elements and the back are made of matt grey titanium. They bear the Top Gun logo on the back of the watch and – discreetly – on the left side of the case. Their mechanical precision movements are protected against magnetic fields. And their sapphire glasses will also survive a sudden drop in air pressure. The dials speak the clearest language known to time measurement: authentic cockpit design, with white hands and indicators on a black background, luminous, matter-of-fact. Two small, signal red elements permit rapid checking of the functions: the small seconds hand and the counterweight of the centre seconds hand – in the form of a tiny jet fighter. This is the recognition sign of the Edition Top Gun . And because every gram counts not only when flying, but also for the wearing comfort of such a powerhouse, they are attached to the wrist with ultra-light soft straps.
What sets them apart: With this new model, the chronograph without a split-seconds hand has now earned its wings at IWC as a useful tool for the aeronautical elite. The chronograph with aggregate time recording up to 12 hours differs externally from the double chronograph by its ceramic case that is smaller by two millimetres (44mm) and the absence of a third button at “10.00” for the split-seconds function. The dial and the nature of the display are otherwise identical. It also has a day indicator on board, as well as the date display inspired by the altimeter in the cockpit. The combination of ceramic and titanium also joins forces here. IWC was the first manufactory to introduce these two advanced materials, unbeatable in terms of their robustness, into horology as early as the 1980s. – on the left side of the case. Their mechanical precision movements are protected against magnetic fields. And their sapphire glasses will also survive a sudden drop in air pressure. The dials speak the clearest language known to time measurement: authentic cockpit design, with white hands and indicators on a black background, luminous, matter-of-fact. Two small, Naturally, in a pilot’s watch of this class, Top Gun always denotes maximum protection of the movement against magnetic fields by the soft iron inner case. This speciality has characterized IWC pilot’s watches ever since the Mark11of 1948, the legendary pilot’s watch that did service with the Royal Air Force as a navigation watch in the cockpit. Also included, of course, is the design feature of protecting the antireflective sapphire glass against a sudden drop in air pressure inside the cockpit; without this securing mechanism – introduced at IWC decades ago – the watch glass would pop out. This ultimate robustness is also served by the case, machined with diamond-tipped tools from zirconium oxide powder and a binding agent that are “baked” at a temperature of up to 2,000 degrees. It is non-magnetic, acid- and impact-resistant, light in weight and, like titanium, particularly hypoallergenic. Precisely what is required for extremes of service.
|Mechanical chronograph movement with aggregate time recording up to 12 hours, day and date display, small seconds hand with stop function, case made of high-tech ceramic and titanium, soft iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields|
|Vibrations||:||28,800/h / 4Hz|
|Glass||:||sapphire, convex, antireflective, protected against drop in air pressure|
|Watch in zirconium oxide |
with black soft strap
|Watch with black soft strap||:||9250 €|