Starting with the Iwc Watches Germany Replica Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage, the new piece is fairly similar to previous Big Pilot’s Watches with the exception of case material, which is now either ceramic or bronze, and the inclusion of the very striking IWC 52110 in-house manufacture standard. IWC’s automatic winding 52110 features a staggering 168 hour (seven day) power book, Côtes de Genève and perlage finishing, and 31 stones, all ticking along at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) interior of a soft iron inner case to resist magnetic fields located in aviation environments. The normal Big Pilot’s 51111 quality features more jewels at 42 but beats in a significantly slower 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz). Otherwise, the 46.2millimeter instance, signature crown, and vintage inspired leather strap stay similar in fashion to previous Big Pilot’s. For anyone who have more routine wrists and bank account, IWC also have produced the Mark XVIII in a special Heritage edition. The brand new IWC Pilot’s Mark XVIII Heritage keeps the aviation style dial and hands in addition to the modest 40mm case dimensions from previous versions. New is using titanium for a case substance which gives the piece a pragmatic texture as well as a much lighter overall weight reduction. The inclusion of IWC’s 35111 caliber also distinguishes this new version from it is forebears and although it isn’t a totally in-house grade like those from the Heritage Big Pilot’s, it’s still a capable 25-jewel motion based on the Sellita SW300 as opposed to the 21-jewel, ETA 2892 base movement located in the standard IWC Mark XVIII. A marginally less striking caliber like the 35111 with a more approachable 42-hour power book also helps keep the price somewhat fair.
Undoubtedly the most interesting Iwc Watches Hong Kong Replica wristwatch in a long time, the Tribute to Pallweber is best of the collection conceived especially for the Jubilee Collection marking the brand’s 150th anniversary next year. Inspired by a late 19th century IWC pocket watch with digital hours and minutes, the Pallweber wristwatch is smartly conceived, straightforward and reasonably priced.
The original Pallweber was invented in 1883 by an Austrian watchmaker named Josef Pallweber, who licensed the idea to several watchmakers, though the digital display is best known in its IWC iteration. IWC produced the Pallweber from about 1885 to 1887, with about 20,000 leaving the factory.
While the original pocket watch had a fairly simplistic movement, the Pallweber wristwatch is powered by the clever cal. 94200, a hand-wound, 54-jewel movement developed specifically for the Pallweber. It tells the time with three discs – one for the hours and two for the minutes – making it similar to both the Lange Zeitwerk and F.P. Journe Vagabondage.
How it works
The movement relies on two barrels, each with its own gear trains. The first keeps the Breguet overcoil-equipped balance and escapement going – and consequently also the seconds hands, this will be important later – basically providing the energy for the movement to keep time. The second gear train drives the twin jumping displays, hours and minutes. Pulling the crown stops the seconds hand, allowing for more precise time-setting and also giving the whole time display a satisfying feeling.
Importantly, though the seconds hand and digital displays are driven by separate power sources, they are in sync, meaning that when the seconds hand crosses the “60” mark, the minutes and hours jump simultaneously, give or take 0.25 seconds to 0.5 seconds according to Stefan Ihnen, the head of development at IWC.
That’s because both are connected by a trigger mechanism that transfers an impulse from the timekeeping gear train to the digital displays train once a minute. Made up of a “cam wheel, two release levers and a release wheel”, the trigger mechanism is visible right in the centre of the movement on the back.
All of those jumping discs require a tremendous amount of energy, which is why the 60-hour power reserve of the movement is eminently respectable. The magnitude of the energy needed to power the time display is illustrated by the fact that the IWC cal. 52000 and cal. 59000 movements have seven- and eight-day power reserves respectively, despite being similar in size to the Pallweber’s cal. 94200.
Though not fancily decorated, the movement has a complex look that is quite appealing, and one found on few other contemporary IWC movements. But like other modern day IWC movements, the balance wheel is relatively small, a feature that extends the power reserve.
Look and feel
The Pallweber is a large 45mm in diameter, though it’s helped by its short, wire-style lugs. And the 12mm case height is also manageable, giving the watch attractive proportions.
Visually the wristwatch is instantly reminiscent of the original pocket watches, though the design has been simplified. The essentials of the pocket watch – the lettering and border around the dial – has been transferred to the wristwatch, but streamlined to give it a slightly Art Deco look.
Though it resembles enamel, the dial is actually glossy white lacquer that nevertheless manages to convey the look of the pocket watch, especially with the wide, bevelled border around the windows as well as the recessed sub-dial for the seconds. Notably, the glossy lacquer dial is not only meant to mimic the look of the vintage pocket watch, but also a feature common to the entire line of Jubilee watches (while the other thematic dial colour is a dark blue, which might provide a hint as to other guises for the Pallweber).
Price and availability
Slated to be launched at SIHH next month, the Pallweber wristwatch in red gold shown here is a limited edition, but it will not be the only Pallweber edition launched at the fair.
When quizzed on whether the Pallweber wristwatch will one day join the regular collection, IWC chief executive Christoph Grainger-Herr responded that there were no plans to do so, but did not rule it out.
The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” in red gold (ref. IW505002) is limited to 250 pieces and will be available starting April 2018 at IWC boutiques and retailers. It will be priced at approximately SFr38,000, or about US$38,600, though prices are subject to change.