GQ (Australia) - - GQ WATCH -

With its bur­geon­ing range of watches, span­ning ev­ery­thing from a sim­ple sports watch, to com­pli­cated an­nual cal­en­dars and finer dress pieces, ren­dered in solid gold, IWC could be ac­cused of try­ing to be all things to all peo­ple. Hav­ing up­dated its ‘Portofino’ and ‘Por­tugieser’ col­lec­tions, last year saw the brand present a ro­bust range of overtly mas­cu­line diver’s watches. In 2016, IWC fo­cused its ef­forts on a com­pletely reimag­ined, and equally chest-beat­ing, pi­lot’s col­lec­tion. The ex­pan­sive line stretches from the ‘Big Pi­lot’s Her­itage Watch’, of­fered in a portly 48mm and com­pletely bonkers 55mm, to the more mod­estly di­men­sioned ‘Pi­lot’s Watch Au­to­matic’ in 36mm.

The brand has also re­booted its ‘Top Gun’ col­lec­tion, shav­ing 2mm off var­i­ous cases and mak­ing the ‘Spit­fire’ avail­able in 18kt red gold, while the ‘Big Pi­lot’s Watch An­nual Cal­en­dar Edi­tion Le Petit Prince’ is the brand’s first pi­lot’s watch to in­cor­po­rate an an­nual cal­en­dar. The stand­out piece hap­pens to be the most af­ford­able. The en­try-level ‘Mark XVIII’ stretches to a sen­si­ble 40mm and is avail­able with a calf­skin strap or stain­lesssteel bracelet. Its un­clut­tered dial and er­gonomic de­sign will find favour among IWC purists with a choice of pure white or black di­als. Avi­a­tion en­thu­si­ast or not, at $6100, the ‘Mark XVIII’ makes an at­trac­tive in­vest­ment for any wrist.

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