The story of The Little Prince was dreamed up by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a national hero to the French, a beloved author to children, and a pioneering pilot to aviation enthusiasts. It turns out he’d have an impact on horology as well. IWC has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation, and today, the partnership has produced The Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Edition “Le Petit Prince.” Like many Le Petit Prince limited editions before it, the new watch is characterized by a sunray brushed midnight blue dial. It’s cased in 46mm of stainless steel and features a ceramic bezel marked with cities in graduated time zones around the globe.
The IWC manufacture caliber 82760 is coupled to the bezel, so all one has to do to cycle through time zones is depress the bezel, and turn it to the desired city; the hour hand advances with it. Crossing the date line, the date cycles as well. This functionality occurs without stopping the movement. The caliber also features a 60-hour power reserve, and what IWC calls a “Pellaton winding system,” a technology that’s designed to reduce friction and wear by incorporating zirconium oxide ceramic components. The watch is limited to 1,500 examples.
It’s become a bit of a tradition for IWC to make a Le Petit Prince limited edition version of their popular pilot watch models. All feature a midnight blue dial and an engraving on the caseback of the little prince himself. In the case of the Timezoner, look through the display caseback to see a caricature of the little prince. The watch fits in nicely with IWC’s other Le Petit Prince limited edition watches, and has the potential to strike a chord with enthusiasts in the same way The Big Pilot “Le Petit Prince” edition has.
Model: Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Edition “Le Petit Prince”
Reference Number: Ref. IW395503
Case Material: Stainless steel
Dial Color: Midnight blue
Indexes: Arabic numerals
Water Resistance: 60m
Strap/Bracelet: Brown calfskin strap
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, Timezoner function, 24-hour display.
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Pricing & Availability
Price: $ 13,800
Availability: IWC boutiques and authorized dealers
Limited Edition: Yes, 1,500 examples
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