Laings is proud to present IWC Schaffhausen at Watches and Wonders, a celebration of Swiss excellence and unmatched luxury. IWC is a brand known for its pioneering history and precision engineering. 

The legacy continues as IWC Schaffhausen celebrates 85 years since the launch of the first Pilot’s watch, adding captivating new models to the iconic collection. Capturing the adventurous passion of the brand, this assembly presents styles that enhance the unique appeal of the Pilot family, boasting its rich heritage and military beginnings. We caught up with one of our watch experts, Ryan Williams, to hear what he thinks about the latest releases.

What are the ground making innovations of watchmaking in the collection?

The big changes to this new collection definitely regard case sizes. IWC are renowned for making larger wristwatches, you only have to look back at their history to understand that. Complementing a rich history, the large case style of the 1930s and 40s has been at the core of the brand’s successful design ever since.

It is great to see that IWC have adapted to the market and the so called “sweet spot” of case size. 41-43mm seems to work well for most wearers and introducing the new Pilot’s Chronograph and Big Pilot in these case sizes will certainly tick a lot of boxes for the watch enthusiasts out there.

 

New movements have also been introduced to the collection, something IWC have focused on quite strongly over the last three years since the opening of the new manufacture in Schaffhausen. Today’s Big Pilot’s Watch 43 is powered by the IWC-manufactured 82100 calibre. Focused on maximum precision and ultimate reliability, the automatic movement efficiently uses the slightest of movements to wind the mainspring. An engineering marvel, even the smallest components are crafted from virtually wear-free zirconium oxide ceramic and complemented by a fully wounded movement, boasting a 60 hour power reserve.

The new Pilot’s collection features the recently developed EasX-Change System, allowing the watch to adapt to any style, activity or environment through easy change straps with no additional tools. Choose from calfskin, rubber, or stainless steel for a truly customisable feel that allows you to create your own signature style.

What inspired the new collection?

The Pilot’s collection has been the core of IWC’s success for 85 years. Bold design combined with total comfort and ready for adventures on air, land and sea, today’s collection encapsulates military beginnings for a truly reminiscent release.

The 41mm Collection, with its cockpit instrument-inspired design, is celebrated for its powerful durability and extreme versatility. The new model features a compact 41mm stainless steel case and ingeniously simple quick-change strap system. With limitless everyday applications, it is truly the standard in its class, setting a high bar for the future of sports watchmaking.

What is your favourite timepiece in the new collection and why?

For me, the latest edition of the Big Pilot 43 is a standout. I have always loved the idea of owning a Big Pilot but I just don’t have the wrist size to support it. Now that IWC has manufactured this model in a 43mm, it gives myself and so many other enthusiasts the opportunity to wear a watch they love and feel comfortable in doing so.

Where can I view the new releases?

You can view the latest releases on all social media platforms and on our Instagram page @LaingsWatches.

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