IWC has become the latest watchmaker to collaborate with Hodinkee on a limited edition.
Previous Hodinkee limited editions created with Vacheron Constantin and Omega have sold out within seconds of appearing on the ecommerce site.
This time the watch, priced at $6400 went on sale at 10am in the United States on Hodinkee’s website and select IWC boutiques. A quick check five minutes later by WatchPro found the watches still available, but as of today customers can only join a waiting list, suggesting they sold out in under 24 hours.
At SIHH in Geneva last month, IWC’s entire booth was given over to the launch of Pilot collections, so it is little surprise that Hodinkee’s model is from the same family.
The Pilot’s Watch Edition Mark XVIII Edition “HODINKEE” takes inspiration from the functional designs of the post-war era’s Mark 11, a watch that remained in production until the mid-1980s thanks to its simplicity and rugged good looks. It also takes design cues from the black ceramic cased IWC Schaffhausen Ref. 3705 Fliegerchronograph that first appeared in 1994.
The Mark XVIII Edition “HODINKEE” has a 39mm case made from IWC’s proprietary alloy Ceratanium – which combines the scratch resistance of ceramic with the toughness and lightweight properties of titanium — housing the IWC caliber 35100.
Each caseback is numbered from 1-500 and engraved “INTERNATIONAL WATCH CO. PILOT’S WATCH HODINKEE”. Housed inside the limited edition watch is the IWC Schaffhausen caliber 35100 with a 42-hour power reserve.