The striking conical crown of the Big Pilot’s Watch harks back to the pioneering days of aviation, when pilots had to face the elements in unheated cockpits. The original Pilot’s Watches had particularly large crowns that were easy to grip so that they could be set and wound by a pilot wearing thick gloves and a padded flight suit.
In the late 1930s, these pocket watch-size nautical instruments inspired an unusual wristwatch: the Reference 325, based on a hunter pocket watch calibre, featured a simple chapter ring, Arabic numerals and slender feuille hands. The dial of the watch, which was later emblazoned with the name Portugieser, has remained virtually unchanged ever since. Its clear-cut, functional design looks every bit as fresh and contemporary as it did over 80 years ago. The Portugieser thus perfectly embodies the timeless modernity that distinguishes the IWC brand.
Over the past three decades, the Portofino watch family has established itself as one of IWC Schaffhausen’s most successful families and is equally popular with both men and women. This is due to both the steady demand for classic models and the puristic design of the Portofino models. The uncluttered dial with Roman numerals and simple hour markers is completed with slim feuille hands.
IWC Schaffhausen has returned to a round case for the Da Vinci collection, which was so successfully established by the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar in 1985. The slightly recessed inner circle on the dial, the striking dome-shaped crown and the circular date window at “6 o’clock” all add a touch of feminine style to this three-hand timepiece.
With the 'Ingenieur', the engineers at IWC were determined to build not only a watch that was highly precise but also one that was very protected. The heart of the Ingenieur, with its highly functional design, is its extreme robustness which includes the reliable screening from magnetic fields, shock protection and its ability to be watertight.
With its simple dial design and the quarter-hour scale on the internal rotating bezel, the smallest model in the diver’s watch family references the first Aquatimer released in 1967. The slim, chamfered shape of the external bezel with its gently rounded and recessed grips, on the other hand, was inspired by the legendary Porsche design of the Ocean 2000 of 1982. The dive-related displays are coated with luminescent green Super-LumiNova®*. The external/internal rotating bezel with the IWC SafeDive system combines ease of use with safety. The rotation of the external bezel is transmitted via a sliding clutch system to the internal rotating bezel with a triangular index and dive time scale. Pressure-resistance to 30 bar makes the watch suitable for deep dives. With the IWC bracelet quick-change system, swapping the rubber strap for the stainless-steel bracelet, and vice versa, is a snap.