IWC Took 8 Years To Craft One Of The World’s Best Anti-Shock Watches

The Big Pilot’s Watch collection is one of the most important in IWC’s catalog, so any incremental change to the line is significant news. But since this is the Big Pilot’s Watch we’re talking about, IWC has gone with a massive overhaul to the entire collection, led by a wild shock-absorbing watch concept.

The Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL took 8 years to develop and features one of the world’s most advanced anti-shock systems in IWC’s patented SPRIN-g system. The innovative system is built to withstand extreme impacts and will protect the watch’s movement at accelerations over 30,000g, thanks to a cantilever spring system made from amorphous Bulk Metallic Glass. The impressive XPL is limited to just 10 pieces, but IWC has plenty more accessible new additions to the Big Pilot’s line too, including a standard Big Pilot’s Watch with a smaller 43mm case and uncluttered dial, a permanent Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar, a 41mm Big Pilot’s Chronograph, and two Top Gun “Mojave Desert” limited edition watches — a perpetual calendar and a date-and-power reserve model — with desert-inspired, sand-colored ceramic cases. The entire collection is available now from IWC, starting at $8,400 for the 43mm Big Pilot.

Purchase: $8,400+