Originally built for the German Air Force in 1940, IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watch was rereleased in 2002, and has since grown into a powerhouse of a collection for the Schaffhausen-based brand that includes over 40 versions and variations. Despite its already ample nature, the Swiss horological outfit has now expanded the Big Pilot’s range with a new forged-carbon fiber cased limited edition of the iconic pilot watch.
Known as the Big Pilot’s Watch “Black Carbon” Edition, IWC is making just 100 examples of the stealthy limited edition. The watch features a large 46.5mm case made from shredded carbon fiber that’s been treated with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. At the heart of the wristwatch is a 52110 calibre automatic self-winding movement with an impressive seven day power reserve and IWC’s calibre 5200 family’s signature twin barrels. The rugged yet lightweight forged carbon case is also paired with a luminescence-sporting black dial that’s complimented with contrasting muted numerals and markers and a matte screw-in crown, while a 22mm black calfskin strap completes the limited edition package. The carbon-cased IWC also boasts 6 bar (200-feet) of water resistance. A blacked-out Swiss-made amalgamation of durability and elegance, the “Carbon Edition” Big Pilot’s Watch is available now, with pricing set at $17,500.