In a week marked by LVMH watch week 2021 and consequent by new launches from most of the brands that are part of the group, the IWC that is part of the Richemont group also decides to enter the accounts with the launch of the new Pilot’s Watch Timezoner “Le Petite Prince” Edition.
We have to go back until 2019 to find the latest variant of this model, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition, a limited edition of only 250 pieces, which flew quickly, until now the only model of Pilot’s Watch Timezoner available on the market was the Chronograph, which despite sharing part of the main characteristics, operates with a different movement, not only by adding the Chronograph function but also by offering a second-time zone through a central GMT hand.
This new Pilot’s Watch Timezoner also appears as a limited edition, however, the good news is that, unlike the small number of units available in the Spitfire Edition, Le Petite Prince Edition is available in 1,500 units and therefore all those who wanted and were unable to acquire the Spitfire edition now has a new opportunity to do so.
Looking at the new Timezoner, we quickly realized that the novelties are exclusive of an aesthetic level, immediately popping into view the midnight-blue dial that extends through the ceramic bezel, a glossy dial that contrasts with the black mate of the Spitfire version, another of the differences we can see is the Arabic numerals of the hours that appears with a different font, the inscriptions at 6 o’clock on the dial have also undergone changes, while in the Spitfire version the first inscription that appeared was “Spitfire” in red followed by “Timezoner” in white, now appears first “Timezoner” in red and immediately below “Automatic” in white, so it leaves the name of the edition and starts to incorporate the model of the watch followed by the automatic, a mention referring to the movement, the hands appear now less bulky and the minute one has fine points. Also, the scratched diamond-shaped crown appears slenderer, while in the Spitfire version it appears more flattened. The case back now incorporates a sapphire glass, allowing the internal movement to be visualized including the rotor with 18K gold medallion, thus losing the stainless-steel case back engraved with a Spitfire. The watch is offered with a brown calfskin strap instead of the green textile strap of the former edition.
What hasn’t changed in the Timezoner, the bidirectional ceramic bezel with the 24 cities of the world, the day window at 3 o’clock and the 24-hour display for the world timer, brushed steel case 46mm wide and 15mm thick, and 60 meters water resistance. The automatic movement Caliber 82760 offers up to 60 hours of power reserve operating at a frequency of 28,800 vph.
And if you are asking how it works, we can give you a quick tip, the ceramic bezel with 24 cities is coupled with movement, so you just need to adjust the bezel to the city where you are, turn it to 12 o’clock and immediately you will have the local time. Some cities on the bezel come with daylight saving time, in these situations instead of placing the chosen city at 12 o’clock, you must place the corresponding dot of the city, and you don’t need to worry because these cities are already identified with an S at the dot.
Finally, the watch is available at a price of € 15,600.
Model: Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Edition “Le Petite Prince”
Case Material: Stainless steel and ceramic bezel
Case Dimensions: 46 mm Diameter, 15 mm thick
Case Back: Sapphire
Water Resistance: 60 Meters
Strap: Brown calfskin strap
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, timezoner function, 24 hour display for worldtimer function
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 Vph)
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Price: € 15,600
Limited Edition: 1,500 pieces