Before I get to this staggering looking IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”, I need to concede something. I never read Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) as a child.

It was a couple of months prior that I chose to arrange the book, as I felt that what I have missed, I need to make up for lost time along with my young little girl. Thus, I began perusing it to my five-year old little girl, just to acknowledge on the 2nd page effectively, that she may be altogether too youthful to comprehend. I attempted until page 25 and despite the fact that she listened cautiously, I am certain she didn’t get quite a bit of it. Each time I pick a book from her assortment to peruse her a sleep time story, my eyes are attracted to Le Petit Prince. It will stay there for a couple of more years I surmise, this book about companionship, love, and life.

IWC and Saint-Ex’s Le Petit Prince

As you know, the writer of the book is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. A French creator and pilot, who lost life on July 31st, 1944 subsequent to being brought somewhere around a German Luftwaffe pilot. Just in 2004, his plane was recuperated from the Mediterranean Sea (it was situated in 2000 as of now, however it required an additional 4 years to take care of business). After affirmation of the chronic number on the disaster area of the Lockheed Lightning P-38, it was sure this was the plane of the renowned French creator. At long last, after so long this secret was settled. Géocean was one of the companies required by recuperating Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s plane. Pierre Becker, top of that company, had tears in his eyes when he saw the chronic number on one of the P-38’s pieces. It shows how profoundly the affection is for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his work as pilot and creator of Le Petit Prince is established. Simply a year prior to he kicked the bucket, he composed his ‘Le Petit Prince’ story.


What has Le Petit Prince or Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has to do with IWC you may ponder. All things considered, Saint-Ex, as the French call him, was a pilot and IWC makes Pilot watches since around 80 years. Since 2005, IWC cooperates with the Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who are supporting youngsters and youths who face troublesome conditions. Since 2006, IWC’s commitment has additionally prompted uncommon watches committed to Saint-Ex, and since 2013, to his ‘Le Petit Prince’. This year, during the Salon International de la Haute Horogerie (or SIHH) in Geneva, IWC showed us something genuinely uncommon. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”. The present Big Pilot depends on the IWC reference IW431, a watch that was made in 1940 and conveyed to the German Luftwaffe and made agreeing the exacting determinations they utilized for their watches. With a distance across of 55mm, this watch was inconceivably gigantic at that point, where the normal watch breadth was presumably around 32mm. IWC conveyed 1000 of these watches to the Luftwaffe. Exclusively after WWII, IWC additionally conveyed military (pilot) watches to the British Royal Air Force too. Here is the place where I for one feel that the connection with Saint-Ex who was shot somewhere around a Luftwaffe pilot gets somewhat sourish. Or on the other hand IWC’s connect to the Spitfire. I’m glad to be persuaded something else, however as of not long ago it stays quiet. What will be will be, obviously, and IWC is supporting a decent purpose with the Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”

An staggeringly long prologue to expound on the new IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”. With a width of 46.2mm these watches are as of now attractive, yet the incompletely open-worked dial that empowers you to take a gander at the constant-force tourbillon makes it significantly more unique. Also, uncommon they are! Plural, in light of the fact that IWC will deliver two adaptation of this watch. The one we have here is the Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” in platinum, however there will likewise be a variant in 18-carat red gold. Hard gold, as IWC puts it, as they had the option to have the microstructure of the amalgam changed in such manner that the material is a lot harder than the typical gold composite of red gold. This prompted a red gold combination that is 5 to multiple times more scratch-safe than the typical 18-carat red gold. Extremely advantageous, as a typical measured gold watch now will undoubtedly get a few scratches (or more awful: gouges), not to mention a hockey-puck estimated pilot’s watch of 46.2mm. Savvy thinking in Schaffhausen.

Special Edition of 10

The platinum form we have here, is reference IW590302 and the red hard gold watch has reference IW590303. The pre-owned tie, dim blue dial tone and development are all very similar, it is the material for the case, hands and hour markers that is unique. Where the gold version has coordinating gold-plated hands and hour markers, the platinum watch has them rhodium-plated. Each model is restricted to 10 pieces altogether, with a novel number engraved on the caseback.

Constant-Force Tourbillon

Where it is a first for IWC to utilize hard gold for a watch, the Constant-Force Tourbillon complication has been utilized before in the Portugieser assortment. Indeed, even a year ago, in 2018, for their 150 years commemoration models. The Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” watches utilize the IWC type 94805 development, part of the 94000-group of calibers.

A hand-wound development that has sufficient energy to ‘have’ various complications. There are two barrels in this development, and it has a high force to drive the constant-force tourbillon just as extra complications (Moon stages, power hold pointers and so forth) The type 94805 has 4 days of force hold and ticks at 18.000vph (~2.5hz).

Now, for clarifying the Constant-Force Tourbillon, I will expect that you are as of now acquainted with the tourbillon complication. With the expansion of the constant-force instrument, IWC can guarantee that the plentifulness of the equilibrium (vital for exact timekeeping). How it functions, so, is that the escapement is being separated from the energy that is being conveyed by the stuff train. The energy is incidentally put away yet to be determined spring and conveyed to the getaway wheel. During this cycle, each second the pressure in the spring is expanded and makes the seconds hand in the tourbillon advance each second with one stage too. Therefore, the will be an exact exhibition over a 48-hours time span. Particularly combined with the tourbillon that takes out the impact of gravity on the swaying framework, it guarantees high accuracy. After this time of two days, the instrument switches back from constant-force mode to the ordinary system of the energy over-carrying and the seconds hands moves with steps of 1/5th of a second (18.000vph). IWC has a patent on their constant-force tourbillon component and have applied it to three unique models now, this IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” being the latest one.

Besides the protected constant-force tourbillon, this watch additionally has a ceaseless moon stage show ready. As per IWC, it will just take a necessary change of one day in 577.5 years to keep it demonstrating the moon stages accurately. At that point, there’s the force hold marker on the dial, which shows the wearer the leftover energy that is left in the watch, appeared in hours.

As you can see, the caseback has a sapphire precious stone fitted to show you the colossal type 94805 development of the Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”. On this side of the watch, there are no references to the tale of The Little Prince, however on the dial side, I will inform you concerning this one minimal cool thing in the following section. As should be obvious, the completing of the development is finished by giving it a pleasant Côtes de Genève design, overlaid etchings and chamfered edges. The plates on the rear are occupying all the space however, and the activity is better noticeable at the front side of the watch.

Le Petit Prince On The Moon

As you can peruse over, the IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” is an extremely specialized watch. This is something I genuinely appreciate with regards to watchmaking, in spite of the fact that it tragically consistently comes at a specific cost. Likewise for this situation, yet more about immaterial things as costs later on. Other than the specialized developments to keep up high accuracy, there’s something different that moved me when seeing it. It is shockingly not noticeable on the photographs that we took ourselves, and we would not like to change the schedule or Moonphase on this monster without a doubt, so I utilized a picture from the public statement to have the option to show it to you. On the moon, you will locate The Little Prince standing, watching the stars.

What a staggeringly cool approach to respect the story composed by Saint-Ex. Frankly with you, this is the thing that has a significant effect with a watch that is just in fact exceptional and a watch that can truly move individuals. It may sound simple to make something that plays with the conclusions of a shopper, yet I question that it is a simple errand to satisfy. In nowadays and age, purchasers are more basic towards these things than any other time, and you truly need to come up with something great and valid. IWC did and effectively so.

Dial Side

As composed over, the activity on this watch is fundamentally on the dial side of the Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince”. Where the development is without a doubt wonderfully completed, is the blue dial where the sorcery occurs. Because of the ricocheted spotlights, the dial shows up a lot lighter in these pictures than it really is, however we just made some short memories with it so we were unable to play for a really long time. Those are the disadvantages of having tight timetables at these shows. At any rate, the enormous dial has two big gaps. One for the tourbillon confine, that shows the watch is essentially alive and one for the moon stages marker as depicted in the past section. Two enormous hands are there for the hours and minutes and the seconds hand can be found on the tourbillon. At 4.30, you will discover the hand of the force save pointer that goes as long as 96 hours. In spite of the fact that I typically I am not an aficionado of ‘open heart’ dials, or obvious tourbillons on the dial as a rule (however that is super close to home), it is as yet a cool sight here. Maybe likewise on the grounds that the dial is colossal at any rate, and furthermore in light of the fact that IWC figured out how to keep it fairly clean in spite of all the showed functions.

Big Pilot

Normally, I like my looks as perfect and basic as could be expected. Thus my own humble assortment comprises of the ‘works of art’ or maybe ‘common suspects’. In the event of an IWC, I would ordinarily choose the customary Big Pilot watch reference IW501001 ( which we assessed here ). I could likewise agree to the Le Petit Prince execution, with a blue dial and with The Little Prince engraved on the caseback (reference IW501002). It is a pleasant signal that both of these watches come at a similar cost of 13.800 Euro. The dial of both these watches is spotless and basic and honor the first Pilot’s watch of 1940. Be that as it may, and not even due to the cost or the constant-force tourbillon development, but since of the opening where you can see Le Petit Prince remaining on the moon, I wouldn’t see any problems with wearing this variant all things considered. Regardless of whether it was in steel, and with a Moon stages complication just, I would go for this one. It very well may be that I am a sucker for these things (thus a Snoopy on two of my watches), however I love them. It makes watches and gathering watches intriguing and keeps it fascinating when you as of now have a lot of ‘works of art’. That is the reason I began to disregard the constant progression of Special or Limited Editions blusters that you will discover via online media and discussions and chose for myself that I either like a watch or I don’t care for a watch, in any case on the off chance that it is a restricted or exceptional version or not. Moreover, if a brand needs to live off just delivering works of art and standard releases, the quantity of returning clients would be a lot of lower without a doubt. The solitary individuals that appear to be irritated by restricted or extraordinary releases are those that weren’t wanting to get them in any case, I presume. All things considered, IWC just will make 10 of each, and likely sold or called for already.

Price And Availability

This drives me to the cost and accessibility of these IWC Big Pilot Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “Le Petit Prince” watches. As should be obvious, we just saw the platinum watch during our photoshoot in Geneva and viewed ourselves as fortunate that we did as such (given the reality there are so numerous photoshoots arranged and just one of each were accessible for the whole group). The red hard gold adaptation may really be my decision, as I love (red) gold and its sparkle. That would likewise save somewhat in cost, as you can envision. The red gold form will retail for €238.000 (IW590303) and the platinum variant for €255.000 (IW590302). Costs may be liable to change, as we’ve been told by IWC. The two watches will come on an earthy colored calf cowhide tie. IWC hopes to begin conveying these watches in June 2019.

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