IWC introduced a whole squadron of new pilot’s watches at SIHH at the start of the year, but the sand-colored ceramic version of the pilot’s watch inspired by US Navy base in the Mojave Desert probably stole the show.

It’s in the Mojave Desert that the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, the US Navy’s largest single landholding, is located.

The color, which perfectly matches the flying suits of the Navy’s pilots, results from a combination of zirconium oxide with other metallic oxides. Limited to 500 pieces, this chronograph is powered by the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre.

The watch runs on the in-house 69000-series chronograph movement. With a 12-6-9, layout, and a day/date display at three, this Top Gun uses the 69380 caliber, which offers a power reserve of 46 hours. Apart from its stopwatch function, the classic column wheel chronograph movement has displays for the day and date. The chronograph, which has a dark brown dial, has a beige rubber strap with a textile inlay.

The Mojave Desert LE features a soft inner iron case to help with magnetism, a solid titanium case back, and a double AR-treated sapphire crystal up front. The watch comes on a tapered beige textile strap with a deployant clasp and leather lining.

Limited to 500 pieces.

How much?

US$8,200

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