A top pilot is in constant pursuit to soar
through the skies with a sturdy, reliable and high-performance time instrument. Robustness, dial readability and a leather or textile strap sets the standards for a classic aviation watch. Designed with world travelers in mind, these "co-pilots" are highly functional tools, propelled to define time, speed and distance between the zones.
A chronograph with down-to-the-second accuracy is de rigueur in the IWC Top Gun Pilot's watch line. The dial is in the classic cockpit-style design, all the way down to the date display, which closely resembles an altimeter. The centralized stopwatch hand, whose signal red counterpoise is of the silhouette of a jet, shows recorded times in seconds, while the subdial shows the number of elapsed minutes. Powered by the 79230 calibre chronograph movement and protected against magnetic fields and drops in air pressure, the IWC Top Gun Pilot's watch has all the credentials of a watch designed for flying.
When the automotive and mechanical watchmaking worlds collide, the result is bound to get hearts racing. These high-powered "engines" drive a number of displays and functions useful in motorsports, such as a chronograph, split-second chronograph or GMT indication. Optimal legibility is essential in racing conditions to ensure no precious seconds are wasted.
The early 20th century witnessed the appearance of motor races with various countries competing against each other in cars sporting their national livery. Red was first attributed to Alfa Romeo before it was taken over by Ferrari and finally became the color of a whole country: Italy. It is to this nation that the Mille Miglia GT XL Chrono Rosso Corsa pays vibrant homage. The vibrant red dial, featuring silver-toned hollowed counters, is held within a generous 44 mm titanium case. The high-powered model houses a self-winding chronograph movement, chronometer-certified by the COSC.
Driven by the desire to escape normality and plunge into a three-dimensional medium, divers seek the silent world beneath the surface. The precise unity between time and technology is a crucial lifeline for divers against the most extreme conditions. A typical diver's watch will have a water resistance of 200 to 300m (660 to 980 ft.), though the modern fleet of watches can journey to depths much deeper.
In 1953, Blancpain created the Fifty Fathoms, a diving watch for the frogmen of the French army. Worn by Cousteau himself, this timepiece took on iconic status. Today, Blancpain produces it as a family of watches water-resistant to a depth of as much as 1,000 m. This collection is the expression of the brand's special relationship with the world of the sea. This new piece embraces the complications of a moonphase and a complete calendar.