IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph Watch Hands-On
Perhaps no brand is better known for their pilots’ watches than IWC. When establishing a brand as the king of a segment, one must provide frequent displays of power to assert dominance over subjects and challengers alike. Among a largely refreshed pilot lineup for SIHH 2016, we find a welcome and very cool spin on IWC’s Pilot’s Worldtimer, the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph (debuted here) that we got to see hands-on. Using a unique in-house movement with a connected bezel system, you can set and update the local time and its 24-hour display by turning the bezel. This is a rather entertaining, useful, and approachable feature on a watch designed to simplify the jump from one timezone to another. As the timezone change is so simple and so quick, the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph manages to cover the spread between traditional crown-operated jumphour GMTs (like the GMT Master II) and 24-hour independent hands that offer a view of a second timezone but no handy way of updating the current time to a new zone. Jump-hour GMT’s are great for travel, and 2nd timezone GMT’s are great for quickly checking the time in another timezone (when making an international call, for example) but the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph can quickly show you both the local time and AM/ PM in any timezone, and you don’t even have to do so much as touch the crown. I am a huge fan of GMT watches, and the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Chronograph is one of the coolest iterations I’ve ever come across.