IWC has no shortage of aviation-related partnerships and associations, and the blue Le Petit Prince models are some of their more recognizable special editions. However, also in collaboration with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, IWC cheap replica wacthes UK released the tobacco brown-dialed IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Antoine De Saint Exupéry” watch to honor the author of The Little Prince. Instantly recognizable as an IWC Pilot’s watch but with a subdued twist, it’s also the only rattrapante, aka double chronograph, in the pilot’s watch line, which gives it a lot of watchnerd points. Thankfully, this watch also abandons the triple date window that was discarded last year, opting for a day/date indicator.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition “Antoine De Saint Exupéry” borrows from IWC’s refreshed foundational pilot chronograph design. The traditional sub-dial layout used here is similar to that of the standard Pilot’s Watch chronograph pieces, though with hands and numerals done in the more formal font used for these limited edition pieces. This watch is slightly bigger as well, at 44mm wide. On the case back you’ll see the Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft that Saint-Exupéry flew on his last mission in 1944. Also, forgive us for the lack of a photo of the case back but the image above should give a good idea of it.
The Caliber 79420 beating within is built upon the ETA/Valjoux 7750. With the added regulator with a triovis micro-adjustment, custom winding rotor, and (obviously) the proprietary IWC rattrapante chronograph system packed in with high levels of unique finishing, it’s exactly what you’d expect from IWC pilot fake watches UK. Personally, modified movements never bothered me, and it doesn’t take much to realize that a split-second chronograph conversion such as this isn’t exactly a simple “plug in and play” undertaking. Additionally, it gives you everything you’d expect out of a precision instrument like 44 hours of power reserve, a running seconds display, and sub-dials that serve as 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph indicators.
By the way, for anyone who doesn’t know exactly how a split seconds chronograph works, the watch features two chronograph hands as opposed to one. Both hands start simultaneously when the chronograph is activated, but the pusher at 10 o’clock stops just the second chronograph hand. Pushing this again moves the second chronograph hand to immediately synch up with the first one. Functionally, the split seconds chronograph allows you to measure two events.
The big, bold numerals, broadsword-styled hands, and generous application of Super-LumiNova are just some of the elements that make for the kind of quick reference legibility you’d want out of IWC contemporary pilot’s replica watches. The seconds hands for the chronograph feature are sleek and unobtrusive when not in use. A nice touch to note is the fact that one of the rattrapante seconds hands is finished with a red tip to help the user differentiate the hands while using the split-second functions. The only feature I might have left out is the day/date indicator, but I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to no-date dials, I must admit, and fully realize that this is a feature many consumers demand.