Most individuals who realize me realize that I’m not an immense ‘modern day’ IWC fan. This week two incidents caused me to have the IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince as 52Mondayz watch during the current week anyhow.
IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince release, ref IW3270 04 – 52Mondayz, week #29
The first matter was the news that Georges Kern ventured down from IWC and went to Breitling. Mr. Kern was one reason that I’m not such an IWC fan. Subsequent to having seen his discourse before a gathering of financial backers, I understood that IWC’s theory didn’t coordinate mine. Something which was clear by IWC’s watches of generally the last 10 to 20 years too by the way.
Models which kept my advantage consistently however were the IWC Pilot Watches. And afterward explicitly the supposed Mark arrangement. In the course of the most recent 20 years IWC went from the Mark XII to the XVIII, which at times made me free track of the current model number. I positively didn’t like all varieties in the middle as well.
What settled on me settle on my decision as well
The second occurrence a week ago, which caused me to pick my 52Mondayz watch, was a visit from a companion. He passed by and revealed to me he needed to sell his IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince version. Purchased new a large portion of a year prior, and in light of inclination for different watches in his assortment, he hadn’t worn the watch for a solitary day. That sure is a pity and I can envision motivation to sell a watch.
I’m a devotee of The Little Prince. Obviously I own Saint Exupery’s book of him, even duplicates interpreted in different dialects. Also, there’s a model figure from the Little Prince around my work area. One in addition to one makes three in the present circumstance, when added with me feeling glad for IWC in light of Georges Kern’s move.
Remarkable dial and strap
So here’s my friend’s IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince as subject of this article. What’s more, what a delightful watch it is. What marks the eye straightforwardly is it’s awesome sparkly, yet not very gleaming, midnight blue dial. The dial has a shot impacted metallic completion which creates an outspread focus in some light conditions. Exceptionally refined. Besides the brown calfskin cowhide strap with its cream shaded sewed sewing is very striking also. The tie, suggestive of Saint-Exupéry’s flight suit as per IWC, brings up to be made by Italian cowhide expert .
Date plate, bezel and hands
Further examination of the IWC Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince version (ref 3270 04) discovers that there are more contrasts compared to the standard IWC Mark XVIII (ref 3270 01). Straightforwardly noticeable is the shade of the date plate, which is white at the Little Price release while the customary adaptation has a black one. Another very noticeable distinction is the bezel. Polished on the Little Prince release while matt brushed (a lot of like the remainder of the packaging) on the normal rendition. Distinction can be seen comparing the hands also. While The Little Prince has metal polished hands, the normal Mark XVIII form hands are matt black.
Important contrast in the event that backs
Last yet not least is the distinction in the event that back. The Little Prince release has the Little Prince character pleasantly emblazoned and engraved in it, while the customary Mark XVIII shows a Junkers Ju 52 plane. IWC makes reference to the Junkers as the most common airplane utilized for non military personnel travel during the 1930s. To me it is more known being the Luftwaffe’s fundamental bomber during WWII, until more present day airplane, for example, the Heinkel He 111, Junkers Ju 86 and Dornier Do 17 went into administration. Ju 52s partook in the assault on the Netherlands on 10 May 1940, where they were sent in the main huge scope air assault with paratroops in history during the Battle for The Hague. No less than 295 Ju 52s were lost in that adventure. Obviously that I profoundly incline toward the Little Prince case back.
Technical details and prices
All IWC’s Mark XVIII watches are water-impervious to 6 bar. Fueled by a programmed 21 gem IWC 30110-type development (ETA 2892-A2) with 42-hour power hold. Furnished with a delicate iron internal case, which shields the watch against the impact of attractive fields. Also, the glass is gotten against removal by an abrupt drop in gaseous tension. Costs in Europe for IWC’s Mark XVIII models are € 4.560,= for watches on a (Santoni) cowhide lash, and € 5.600,= for the watch on a treated steel arm band. Did you know that 20 years prior the cost of the IWC Mark XII, donning a Jaeger-LeCoultre cal 889/2 development, was € 2.020,=?
More data on IWC’s Mark XVIII can be found on IWC’s site at .
Close-up of the dial and hands of the customary IWC Mark XVIII Close-up of the dial and hands of the Mark XVIII Little Prince release