SIHH 2016: IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar

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At SIHH 2016, IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the launch of its new Pilot’s Watch collection with a grand gala event and invited guests to “Come fly with us”. Providing the music was the Pepe Lienhard Big Band from Switzerland, a dance ensemble from England and Patti Austin performed a mix of jazz and swing.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 19:  Adriana Lima (L) and Lewis Hamilton attend the IWC "Come Fly with us" Gala Dinner during the launch of the Pilot's Watches Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016 on January 19, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Adriana Lima; Lewis Hamilton

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800 guests were transported back to the golden age of the flying pioneers. Invitees included Rosamund Pike, Hilary Swank, Zhou Xun, Christoph Waltz, Scott Eastwood, Chris Evans, Dev Patel, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Adriana Lima and Karolína Kurková.

2016, is the year of the Pilot’s Watches for IWC. IWC brought out not only some top guns in terms of invited guest, but also unveiled the new incarnation of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar which comes with a single date window instead of the triple date display and now has a combined hour and minute counter. This year, Miramar models (there are two versions) are fitted with the embossed green calfskin strap, which replaces the soft strap.

HANDOUT – The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar (Ref. IW389002) from IWC Schaffhausen features a ceramic case, anthracite-coloured dial and green calfskin strap (embossed) with a blasted stainless-steel folding clasp. The case diameter of the watch has been reduced to a more comfortable 44 millimetres and a single date window has replaced the triple date display, making the dial less busy and more neatly organized. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

Since their introduction, the TOP GUN Miramar watches have been successfully integrated into the IWC collection. A new feature this year is the sporty strap made of embossed green calfskin.  For decades, the Mark 11 was supplied with a green nylon strap, also known as the Nato strap, which was a central aspect of its appearance.

HANDOUT – The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII TOP GUN Miramar (Ref. IW324702) from IWC Schaffhausen features a polished ceramic case, anthracite-coloured dial and green calfskin strap (embossed) with a titanium pin buckle. It is the first ceramic watch that is available as an entry-level model. (PHOTOPRESS/IWC)

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar (Ref. IW389002) has been reduced to 44 mm. In addition, the chronograph no longer has a triple date display: in its place is a single date window that has made the dial less busy and more neatly organized. The subdial at “12 o’clock” with its combined hour and minute counter, can be read as easily as the time of day.

The central hand is used to show the recorded times in seconds, while the integrated flyback function, pushing the reset button causes the running stopwatch hand to revert to zero and to start another timing sequence immediately. The 89631 caliber movement has a 68-hour power reserve and the soft-iron inner case provides enhanced magnetic protection in the cockpit. Price for this version is US$5,450.00

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