Princely Edi­tion

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“A designer knows he has achieved per­fec­tion not when there is noth­ing left to add, but when there is noth­ing left to take away.” Wise words from the lauded writer, pi­lot and ad­ven­turer An­toine de Saint-Ex­upéry, and words that must be well known by the de­sign­ers at IWC when they were con­ceiv­ing The Big Pi­lot’s Watch Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Edi­tion “Le Pe­tit Prince” – a stunning time­piece that pays homage to the time­less clas­sic novella, The Lit­tle Prince.

It is launched along­side a sec­ond model, the IWC Pi­lot’s Watch Mark XVII Edi­tion “Le Pe­tit Prince”, and both cel­e­brate the 70th birth­day of An­toine de Saint-Ex­upéry’s en­chant­ing story that has been trans­lated into more than 270 lan­guages, still sells over a mil­lion copies per year, and has to­talled in ex­cess of than 140 mil­lion copies world­wide – mak­ing it one of the best-sell­ing books ever pub­lished.

Un­veiled in Hong Kong at the Watch and Won­ders watch fair, which is the Asian equiv­a­lent of the SIHH (Sa­lon In­ter­na­tional de la Haute Hor­logerie), the watch fea­tures a golden sculp­ture of the lit­tle prince on the moon phase in­di­ca­tion – the first of IWC’s Big Pi­lot’s Watches to fea­ture the clas­sic moon phase dis­play.

Ge­orges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen said, “With our long tra­di­tion of man­u­fac­tur­ing Pi­lot’s watches, we feel bound to An­toine de Saint-Ex­upéry in many ways. We were in­spired by a man who was also a pas­sion­ate designer and who ob­tained his first aero­nau­ti­cal patent in 1936, the very year IWC un­veiled its first Spe­cial Pi­lot’s Watch. We have enor­mous ad­mi­ra­tion for a pi­lot who was pre­pared to risk his life in the name of tech­no­log­i­cal progress. And we are hon­our­ing Saint-Ex­upéry, the great writer and hu­man­ist, with whose works many of us grew up.”

Sup­port doesn’t only come in the form of a trib­u­tary watch, IWC have also had a part­ner­ship with Saint-Ex­upéry’s heirs and their char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion, the An­toine de Saint-Ex­upéry Youth Foun­da­tion, since 2006.

The watch is pow­ered by an in-house cal­i­bre 51613 with Pel­la­ton au­to­matic wind­ing and 7-day power re­serve. This re­mark­able time­piece is limited to 270 watches in red gold and comes with two rar­i­ties pro­duced ex­clu­sively for IWC: first a re­pro­duc­tion of the orig­i­nal first edi­tion in English en­ti­tled The Lit­tle Prince, and se­condly a reprint of the orig­i­nal hand­writ­ten manuscript of Le Pe­tit Prince in French.

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