IWC has expanded its Pilot’s Watches collection with the release of a new Spitfire line at this year’s SIHH show in Geneva.
Five models make up the collection, which includes the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition ‘The Longest Flight’, the Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271”, Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire and the Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire.
Designers said they took inspiration from the Mark 11, the watch produced in Schaffhausen for the RAF in 1948 and worn by many members of the force.
Becoming the first time that IWC has integrated a chronograph movement from the 69000 calibre family into its pilot’s watches, the company’s CEO thinks the release does its job in paying homage to the Spitfire.
He commented: “Just like the Spitfire, our watch collection of the same name also perfectly combines form and function. The design is inspired by the puristic instrument design of the iconic Mark 11 navigation watch.”
He added: “This watch demonstrates our engineering expertise, as we have integrated high-quality IWC-manufactured calibres into all Spitfire models.”