Watch Review: IWC Spitfire Chronograph

FIGHTING WITH FIRE. The Spitfire has the legacy of being the most reliable fighter plane used by the British Air Force during World War II.

It has also become one of IWC’s most reliably impressive watch lines. The new Spitfire Chronograph, the latest entry in the Spitfire collection, is fitted with the IWC manufactured 89365 calibre, which boosts a power reserve of 44 to 68 hours when fully wound. The new movement also has a flyback function — a mechanism that enables an ongoing time measurement to be “deleted” without an intermediate stop, while a new one is started. The intricate engraving on the back of the watch depicts a Spitfire and the watch derives its tactile appeal from the interplay of differently machined surfaces.