“The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you are the pilot.”
This saying about the fleeting nature of time and how to navigate it could be programmatic for IWC’s Big Pilot Watch Perpetual Calendar, a technically complex and robust timepiece that offers many useful functions for the flight through life.
Its intricate perpetual calendar mechanism automatically recognizes the different lengths of the months and leap years until 2100. Its double-moon phase display indicates the moon as seen from the northern and southern hemispheres. The moon phase indicator is so precise that it will only deviate by one day after 577.5 years. Another speciality is the four-digit indication of the year.
This calendar module was the brainchild of the brilliant Kurt Klaus who developed it in the 1980s. In addition, the self-winding IWC-manufactured 52615 caliber ticks inside the 46.5mm ceramic case, boasting a power reserve of 7 days.
In its latest iteration, IWC offers this sporty complication watch as Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe. Fans of the Schaffhausen-based manufacture will recognize the name addition from an innovation that IWC presented last year. This ceramic color, which IWC and Pantone have specified as “IWC Lake Tahoe”, is inspired by white uniforms and the winter landscape around freshwater Lake Tahoe. Located between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a mountainous area that the pilots of the nearby TOPGUN flight school frequently fly over.
The eye-catching design is completed with a pitch-black dial and black hands with white Super-LumiNova, a stainless steel crown, and a white textured rubber strap.
The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe is available as of July 2023 with pricing marked at $40,900.
To learn more, visit IWC, here.