Watch nerd pop quiz. Who’s Vogard? If you know the answer to that question, we should find our conversation to be pretty fun. For SIHH 2016, IWC deems it’s the the year of their pilot watch line. As my fellow watch nerds already know, each year IWC choose to focus on specific watch line.
Arguably, the Pilot line is one of IWC’s most iconic so I’m quite curious to see where the company will go with it. In my Pre SIHH 2016 article, I already shared IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502701), their most desirable pilot model.
While not the most desirable, I find IWC Pilots Watch Timezoner Chronograph to be even more intriguing. For the more astute readers, you’ll find the watch’s aesthetic (especially its world time bezel) to be vaguely familiar. And you’re not wrong if you’re familiar with the now defunct Vogard watch brand (and there’s the answer to my pop quiz…see how I lead it here ;))
With my known love for worldtimer complication, I will need to devote a column to Vogard in the near future. I digress. Fortunately, Vogard’s legacy lived on thanks to IWC purchase of the company’s intellecutal property including their signature approach to world timer complication.
You combined Vogard’s world timer technology with IWC’s own internal bezel know-how and the result is the new IWC Pilots Watch Timezoner Chronograph at SIHH 2016. While I’m not a big fan of the watch’s aesthetic, I have to applaud IWC’s innovative spirit. Through the bezel, you can move the GMT hand forward/backward. The bezel control also links to date and day/night indicator. The watch even take into account daylight saving time in applicable timezone. And of course you do have in-house column-wheel chronograph (I’m guessing it’s an in-house module on ebauche).
Overall, one of the two most fascinating models in the revamped IWC’s Pilot line and worthy showing the SIHH 2016. Price at $11,900 USD.
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