New IWC Pilot's Watch Absorbs Absurd G Forces
IWC Experimental Engineering's first product is the timepiece.
You should bring along the new Big Pilot's Watch Shock Absorber XPL from IWC Schaffhausen when you're careening around a Formula 1 course, or in a jet plane doing loop-the-loops in the sky.
It withstands accelerations in excess of 30,000 g thanks to a patented shock absorber system called the SPRIN-g PROTECT, developed over the course of eight years. In a series of impact tests at Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory, this claim was proven. Bulk Metallic Glass cantilever springs cushion the movement, which moves independently of the case and, as a result, comes to a gentler halt.
As the first product from IWC's new Experimental engineering division, the timepiece is part of the refreshed pilot's watch collection. The brand uses Bulk Metallic Glass, a solid noncrystalline material with greater flexibility than conventional metals, to develop new materials and other applications that will make its timepieces stronger. Bulk Metallic Glass is part of IWC's renewed pilot's watch collection.
Powered by a caliber 32115 made from a lightweight and highly rigid high-tech aluminum alloy with 120 hours of power reserve, the automatic watch features a 44 mm case crafted from Ceratanium, a lightweight, durable and scratch-resistant titanium alloy.
It will only be available through IWC boutiques or concierge services for $83,600, with a production limit of 10 pieces per year.