IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

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IWC cel­e­brated its 150th an­niver­sary in 2018 with an ex­pan­sive new col­lec­tion that mostly fo­cused on the clas­sic de­sign that has long de­fined the spirit of the Schaffhausen-based mar­que. Fol­low­ing that mo­tif di­rectly was the Big Pi­lot’s Watch An­nual Cal­en­dar Edi­tion “150 Years” (Ref. IW502708), which bal­anced IWC’S cher­ished pi­lot watch styling with the ad­di­tion of an an­nual cal­en­dar com­pli­ca­tion to bal­ance the dial’s ap­pear­ance. IWC is no stranger to the an­nual cal­en­dar, hav­ing in­tro­duced it first in 2015 in­side the Por­tugieser col­lec­tion and slowly fol­low­ing it with var­i­ous lim­ited-edi­tion re­leases in lines such as Le Petit Prince and An­toine de Saint-ex­upéry. The first model to bear the Big Pi­lot name uses the same move­ment, Cal­iber 52850, as the pre­vi­ous an­nual cal­en­dar mod­els, dis­play­ing the month, date and day in the Amer­i­can for­mat at the top of the dial. The move­ment uses IWC’S trade­mark Pel­la­ton wind­ing sys­tem to of­fer a seven-day power re­serve. It comes in a stain­less-steel model with an at­trac­tive blue dial and mea­sures in at 46.2 mm. It is lim­ited to 100 to­tal pieces and is priced at $19,700.

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