The Swiss Watchmaker Introduces The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ In The Honor Of The French Pilot And Author To pay tribute and to honor the impressive literary writings of the pioneering French aviator as well as a legendary poet and a writer Antoine de Saint Exupéry, IWC Schaffhausen has been bringing to the forefront a series of its iconic Pilot Watches since 2006. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ Featured It was then that the Swiss watchmaker joined hands with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation in order to honor Antoine’s legacy as well as to sponsor a wide range of school and education projects. Such initiatives in turn help young people realize their dreams and to open up new perspectives for their future. Besides being a pilot, the French Aviator was a laureate novelist who had some of the famous literary woks attached with his name, the Little Prince being one amongst his many classic novels. “Night Flight” and “Southern Mail” are two of his other immortal works. And as a part of IWC’s continuous effort to honor Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s remarkable work and legacy, the Swiss Watchmaker has introduced another special edition pilot watch: The Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’. The Pilot line of watches was introduced by the Swiss watchmaker in the 1930’s for civil aviation purposes and hence incorporated features that helped pilots to face elements in unheated cockpits in those pioneering days of aviation. The triangular index at 12 o’clock that helped the pilots to recognize the position of the hands as well as time and strikingly large crowns for an easy grip are some of the incorporated features adorning the Pilot’s line of watches ever since its launch. Watch Case And Dial IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ The special edition Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ comes in an 18 carat red gold case that measures 46.2 mm in diameter with 15.3 mm height and features a strikingly conical screw-in crown to adjust time and annual calendar. This Pilot’s timepiece integrates tobacco-brown colored dial showcasing numerals and hands in white luminescent material for maximum legibility. The brown calfskin strap with white top stitching perfectly complements the tobacco-brown dial and is crafted by luxury shoe designing house Santoni known for crafting handmade made-to-measure shoes. The watch case integrates a see-through sapphire glass back that puts at display the IWC Caliber 52850 powering the timepiece and the skeletonized 18k red gold winding rotor that takes the shape of a Lighting P-38 plane. The Lighting P-38 plane is the one that Saint Exupéry was flying when on a reconnaissance mission in July 1944 and is believed to have disappeared over the Mediterranean. Also, the unique design of the timepiece incorporates letter ‘A’ just under the three apertures displaying month, date and day below the 12’o clock triangular index in order to commemorate the French aviators’ legacy and literary work. Having a water resistance of 60 m, you can probably go for a casual swim or expose the watch to a moderate water splash. Movement IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ Caliber 52000 Family The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ is powered by Caliber 52850 that incorporates twin barrels to supply the watch with enough energy for a 7 day power reserve as well as to drive complications like the annual calendar. For the automatic winding of the timepiece, the latest Pellaton Winding system made from ceramic components has been integrated into the Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’. This Winding System is a unique piece of technology where the rotor moves in to-and-fro direction and transmits these movements to the winding wheel using two pawls: one of the pawls pulls the wheel (i.e. winds it), the other glides over its teeth until the roles are reversed. Therefore, the Pellaton system makes use of every single movement unlike the initial systems that used only rotor’s rotations in only one direction to wind the movement. The Caliber 52850 beats at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 168 hours. The movement components also feature stripes like decoration called Côtes de Genève and small, overlapping circles called perlage which are apparent through the sapphire glass caseback. Complications IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ Annual Calendar Complication The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ features annual calendar that shows the month, date and day in three separate windows that sit just below the 12 o’ clock index. The change mechanism of the annual calendar complication automatically takes into account the differing lengths of individual months. However, this complication is unable to factor in the differing length of the month of February or the leap years. Therefore, once a year, at the end of February, it requires manual correction. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ Case Back Apart from the annual calendar, the watch features the power reserve display that is divided into days. Therefore, you can keep a check on the amount of reserve left to power the watch through the power reserve indicator. The last day’s marking in red tells you that the power reserve is about to expire. Hence, in such situations, one should preferably wind the watch by hand since precision reduces once the power reserve hand hits the marking. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ certainly has features that will woo the fans in buying this watch. Aesthetically, the tobacco brown colored dial, 18k gold case as well as the rotor shaped like a plane are the physical attributes that make the watch look beautiful. Moreover, the movement powering the watch as well as the Pellaton Winding System will certainly attract automatic watch lovers given the bi-directional rotor used for winding the watch. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition ‘Antoine de Saint Exupéry’ will be available in all the IWC Boutiques from November 2017. For more information, visit iwc.com.
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