IWC Schaffhausen has joined forces with Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation to host an exhibition honouring the 80th anniversary of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s historic flight across the Atlantic.
The Swiss watchmaker has also created a special timepiece, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph Edition “80 Years Flight to New York”, to commemorate the author’s trip.
The exhibition, at the IWC Boutique in New York. showcases photographs and other items from the period of the flight.
The retrospective tells the story of Saint Exupéry’s in addition to looking back on the times the famous French aviator and writer spent in New York itself.
The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph Edition “80 Years Flight to New York” features the patented timezoner function, which allows the wearer to adjust the time zone by simply pressing down and rotating the bezel, in a nod to the transatlantic flight.
On the bezel made of brown ceramic, “Paris” and “New York” are marked in red, while the sepia-brown dial is inspired by the pilot suits from the era of Saint Exupéry and the case back features an engraving of the Latécoère 521.
The watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured 89760 calibre and features a chronograph function that displays the stopped hours and minutes combined on a subdial at “12 o’clock”.
In recognition of it being the 80th anniversary of the flight, the new watch will be limited to just 80 pieces.
IWC will donate the full proceeds from the sale of the first watch (piece “1 of 80”) to the Saint Exupéry Foundation, as it continues to support educational programmes for young people around the world.
The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph Edition “80 Years Flight to New York” is available now in IWC Boutiques and from authorised retailers.