Each year, the legendary high-end watch brand IWC selects a particular collection to release new models. This year, IWC chose to focus on their incredibly popular Pilot’s Watches.
While they released new models in almost all of their sub-collections in Pilot’s Watches (all excluding Antoine De Saint-Exupéry), they really singled out the Spitfire with an impressive 7 new models.
One of the most popular new models is the Spitfire Timezoner “the Longest Flight.” This watch has a really cool way of operating its dual-time functionality by merely rotating the bezel. The new The Longest Flight Timezoner is quite large at 46mm and is a limited edition of just 250 models.
Similar in appearance is the new UTC Spitfire “MJ271. Like the Timezoner, it can display a second timezone and a date, although in this instance it has a much more versatile 41mm case, and, of course, it’s bronze, making for a vintage alternative to the Longest Flight Timezoner.
If you’re into dark green dials and bronze, this is a good year to be an IWC fan. Yet another member of that style is a watch I’m particularly excited for, the new Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire. This one is 39mm and, of course, bronze, but what I really look forward to seeing in this one is the new in-house 32110 movement. I’ll write a much more extensive review of this new movement when I get my hands on one, but it’s an impressive three hander, featuring a silicon escapement and a 3 day power reserve. This is a really exciting development for fans of IWC Pilot’s Watches.
That watch is also available in steel and for a little less money in the IW326801. I think I prefer the bronze version, however.
A similar bronze/steel dichotomy can be found with the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire(s). Here’s my preferred version with the 41mm bronze case for $6,250.
For a little less you can also get the stainless steel/black dial model, the IW387901, also with a 41mm case.
Of course, what would IWC be without some haute horology pieces, even within seemingly tool watch focused collections like pilot’s watches. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire IW503601 (very catchy name) is the first of several high-end new models, and this 46mm model features a perpetual calendar, moon phase and power reserve.
Moving to the Le Petit Prince, but continuing our theme haute horology, we look at the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Le Petit Prince IW590302. This platinum constant force tourbillon is 46mm and features a power reserve and a unique moon phase complication. Like other Le Petit Prince moon phase watches, it shows the little prince standing on the moon.
You can get a very similar watch, but in gold, in the Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition Le Petit Prince IW590303.
Last of the Le Petit Prince models is the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, a watch that has pretty much all of the complications. This exotic 43mm model is limited to only 250 watches.
Moving to the ceramic Top Gun collection we view my favorite IWC from SIHH 2019, the Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun IW326901. On top of being a great size, 41mm, and being made out of highly scratch resistant ceramic, it also features the 32110 in-house movement.
If you like the look of the last watch but wish it were a chronograph, then you’re probably going to like the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun IW389101. This one’s also ceramic, but it’s a bit larger at 44.5mm.
One new Top Gun model that received a lot of attention at SIHH was the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Mojave Desert IW389103. It’s very similar to the last model, but it has a special sand-colored ceramic that was inspired by the Mojave Desert.
But the Top Gun that received the most attention was the Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium IW371815. This 44mm limited edition (of 1,000) has two key special features. The first is a unique ceramic-titanium hybrid material used in the case, known as ceratanium. This material is supposed to be nearly as light as titanium while being as scratch resistant as ceramic. It’s other trick is just as cool: a rattrapante chronograph, AKA a split-seconds chronograph, which lets the wearer record two different times via two separate chronograph seconds hands.
Fans of smaller, more understated pilot’s watches will find a lot to like about the new Automatic 36 IW324010. It’s a classic flieger through and through.
Finally, we look at the Perpetual Calendar Rodeo Drive IW503001, a new special edition piece that combines a black ceramic case like a Top Gun with a beautiful blue sunburst dial, like a Le Petit Prince.