HOW TIME FLIES
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. iwc.com