IWC Pi­lot’s Time­zoner Chronograph Watch Hands-On

THE MAN Magazine Cambodia - - Basel Report -

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.

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