We will get to the details in a bit, but before we do that you have to know that the new IWC Spitfire collection beats with an IWC in-house manufactured calibres, powering the magnificent new watches. In total, IWC is regaling us with seven new Spitfire references, and we are capturing the essence of five watches in here. Taking inspiration from the iconic British fighter aircraft, aside from the limited edition Timezoner Spitfire and the standard Pilot’s Chronograph Spitfire in bronze, IWC focuses on new aesthetics, new cases and new complications with the remaining five watches.
The story behind this collection is inspired by the timepieces worn by RAF Spitfire pilots around 1948 – the classic Mark 11 Pilot – and hence the cues of shiny silver (akin to the aircrafts disposition) and applied polished elements are replaced with traditional matte instrument dial layout. The interiors of the Spitfire has also dictated the color palette for the new collection; we see beige Super-LumiNova, olive drab green dials and bronze cases used in the new watches. I like the fact that history and not design elements of the aircraft are dominant in the new watches, as this help build the bridge between events and physical forms.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire – ref. IW387901 – in stainless steel houses the 69000 calibre chronograph movement, which makes its debut in the Pilot series. Sporting a black dial, this watch is charming. The new limited edition Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar – ref. IW503601 – is the flagship of the new Spitfire collection. Crafted in a bronze case, it houses 52615 calibre that powers the seven-day perpetual calendar movement and you can use the crown to make all the adjustments. The watch maintains to-the-day accuracy for 577.5 years.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition MJ271 comes in bronze and is a tamed version of the Spitfire Timezoner. Touted to be a true GMT timepiece, the dial hosts a 24-hour aperture at the 12 o’clock spot. It also hosts an independently adjustable hour hand that you can control via the crown. Under the hood is a new in-house manufactured caliber 82710, that gives it the spunk to be a true GMT watch. This watch is limited to only 271 units.
The remaining two watches are twins in bronze and stainless steel. They both sport the three-hand movement execution and house the cal. 32110. The watches boast of 72 hours of power reserve and host a date aperture seen at 3 o’clock.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire (ref. IW387901, stainless steel): $5,700.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire (ref. IW326801, stainless steel): $4,350.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire (ref. IW326802, bronze): $4,900.
IWC Pilot’s Watch UTC Spitfire Edition “MJ271” (ref. IW327101): $8,950.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Spitfire (ref. IW503601): $28,200.