The IWC Big Pilot watch is back in all-black with its latest limited edition

The IWC Big Pilot watch is back in all-black with its latest limited edition
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There will only be 100 examples of this limited-edition timepiece.

The Big Pilot’s Watch from IWC Schaffhausen is being updated in a sleek new limited edition. A new version of the classic, oversized and highly legible timepiece, the “Black Carbon” version, has been announced by the Swiss company, which manages to make the already stylish timepiece even more appealing.

This watch features a marble-like matte black carbon case that shares a size of 46.5mm with the non-limited editions, which is the first thing you will notice about it. The inner case of the watch is made of soft iron, which is able to protect the mechanism from magnetic fields while also maintaining its precision.

A 22 mm-thick black calfskin strap completes the watch's distinct dark look, and is complemented by luminescent carbon hands, hours, and other details.

Furthermore, a drop in air pressure will be able to secure the sapphire glass from displacement against displacement because it has been coated with anti-reflective coating. In addition to the self-winding movement, which is handcrafted by IWC with 257 components and 31 jewels, the automatic, self-winding timepiece also comes with the 52110 Calibre movement, which has an impressive 168 hours of reserve power.

It isn’t just the way it looks, it is also the fact that it’s quite hard to get your hands on, especially compared to a typical Big Pilot’s Watch, as it is blacked out in color. The “Black Carbon” edition of the IWC watch is now available exclusively through the company’s boutiques as it has announced that it will only make 100 of the watches, each of which will cost $17,500 per piece.

The Big Pilot Watch hasn't been the only eye-catching variant IWC has released in the last year. IWC announced last fall that a left-handed version of the watch would be available. In a watch that is designed specifically for pilots, a larger proportion of whom, anecdotally, are left-handed in contrast to the general population, the watch has a conical crown at nine o'clock instead of three o'clock as it does in the traditional version.

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