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The next limited edition IWC Pilot Watch to commemorate the celebrated pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is this new “The Last Flight” edition. It is available in three different versions all in brown silicon nitride ceramic, with proceeds from the Platinum caseback edition going to support the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.

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The Platinum caseback version is a limited edition of 17, the Red Gold caseback version is limited to 170 pieces and the Titanium-backed version is limited to 1700. All have slightly different subdial colors to “match” the casebacks.

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I’ve always been a fan of the IWC pilots, especially the Saint-Exupéry Limited editions. I would love to be able to get this version with the titanium.

Specs:
Case: Brown Silicon Nitride Ceramic
Case Size: 46mm x 16.5mm
Crystal: AR-coated sapphire crystal
Water Resistance: 60m
Movement: IWC in-house caliber 89361 with 38 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 68 hours
Strap: Brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching and a pin buckle

Happy New Years everyone, its my first post after the holidays, and I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Now, down to IWC business.

Only a few years after the Aquatimer collection received a revamp, they are getting another facelift. This time, there are some serious upgrades to the system, not just a new sapphire crystal bezel and overall design changes. This one has some technological upgrades, the most obvious one is the IWC SafeDive system with the internal dive bezel that is operated by turning an outer bezel, similar to the Breitling B-1, though I believe the mechanism is different.

IWC Aquatimer CHRONOGRAPH Edition GALAPAGOS Islands Ref. IW379502 04

IWC has six new models including, featuring some very cool features such as bronze cases, depth guages, perpetual calendars, and pellaton winding movements – all new to the Aquatimer line. IWC has only released photos of three of them. The six new models are:

Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month (Ref. IW379401)
IWC-manufactured 89801 calibre with perpetual calendar and large digital display for the date and month. Limited Edition of 50 Pieces, and features a gigantic 49mm Case.

Aquatimer Deep Three in titanium (Ref. IW355701)
Titanium Watch with a Mechanical Depth Guage

Aquatimer Automatic 2000 (Ref. IW358002)
Water Resistant to 2000m, and features the IWC-manufactured 80110 calibre with Pellaton winding system. Photo Below:
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Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “50 Years Science for Galapagos” (Ref. IW379504)
Limited Edition of 500 pieces, features IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and are black rubber coated.

Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Galapagos Islands” (Ref. IW379502)
Limited Edition of 500 pieces, features IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and are black rubber coated. Photo Below:
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Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” (Ref. IW379503)
Features IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre and for the first time for IWC, a Bronze Case. Photo Below:
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See the IWC site for the full story:
http://www.iwc.com/en/news/the-evolution-of-the-divers-watches-from-schaffhausen/

Time again for a wrist shot dump! All the wrist shots sitting in my temporary photos folder, all dumped into a file for you guys to check out. Here they are:

IWC Pilots Chrono
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Panerai PAM88
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Sinn 857
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Panerai PAM320
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Wyler Code-R Chronograph
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Graham Chronofighter
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Steinhart Pilot Limited Edition
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Rolex Milgauss
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Zenith Defy Classic Power Reserve
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Breitling Avenger Seawolf
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Zenith Defy Classic Power Reserve Again!
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Hope you enjoyed this edition of “The Wrist Shot Dump”!

The IWC Top Gun booth is an incredible looking display. I watched the timelapse video of the booth’s assembly on the IWC site, and its very cool. Hope you guys enjoy IWC’s booth videos!

Here is a video of the creators talking about how they created the booth, it includes cool CGI video of a fly-through of the booth as well. :

And here is the Timelapse video of the booth’s creation:

As many of you know, SIHH 2012 official opened today and there’s always tons of beautiful new timepieces to drool over at this time of year. With Basel just around the corner as well, its probably the most exciting time to be a WIS!

This year IWC brings some new Pilot watches to the table. Its been a while since IWC has done something creative with their Pilot’s watches, with the last big introduction being the Big Pilot a couple years back. A few of this years offerings are the IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar 7 Day and Chronograph, and the Pilot Worldtimer.

The Top Gun Miramar watches are very cool. Both measure an imposing 48mm in diameter!! In beautiful Ceramic cases with Titanium case backs. Both feature in-house movements, with the Chronograph model showcasing the new Calibre 89365 Flyback Chronograph, and the 7 Day movement using the 51111 movement with Pelaton winding system.

The Pilot Worldtimer features a large 45mm steel case, and a new 24 hour timing system that allows you to see the time in 24 different timezones at the same time! Reminds me of my Seiko World Time clock in my office, but in Watch form. Very cool, and very useful for those that travel everywhere.

Overall a nice few offerings that caught my eye from SIHH 2012.

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