In the 80th anniversary of French writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s transatlantic flight, IWC Schaffhausen released a special edition of its Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph Edition. The edition is called the “80 Years Flight to New York”.
The revamped model draws its inspiration from Saint Exupéry’s pilot suit, hence the sepia-brown silhouette. It features a ceramic bezel in a Timezoner design—positioned elegantly on top of a 46mm stainless steel case—which enables the wearer to simply push and rotate the ring to adjust the watch’s time zone.
Another design feature, made to give tribute to the legendary journey, has the writings of “Paris” and “New York” on the bezel written in red. But the highlight is actually hidden in the watch’s caseback, where you can find and engraving of the legendary Latécoère 521 airplane which Saint Exupéry piloted for the flight 80 years ago.
The limited edition watch is powered by the IWC in-house 89760 calibre automatic movement, composed of 323 components that could bear a power reserve of 68 hours. The timepiece is also protected by an antireflective-coated sapphire crystal, water resistant up to six bar, and is fully capable of withstanding a significant drop in air pressure.
The limited edition is available to only 80 units at $ 13,100 USD each, which the proceeds of the very first unit sold will be fully donated to the Saint Exupéry Foundation—and is available for purchase in the brand’s boutiques and select retailers.
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