IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN, equipped with Ceratanium case and bracelet for the first time

The complex BP QP is made of innovative materials from the brand.

The history of the IWC pilot watch series can be traced back to the 1940s. More importantly, its production history began in the mid-1990s. It is one of the most mature series of the brand, containing almost all the complications and movements of the brand for many years. Always try to create. Of course, Kurt Klaus’s perpetual calendar is no exception. Even recently, Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar has also appeared in multiple versions, such as the new Racing Green or the permanent blue watch on steel. Collection. But today is the TOP GUN watch, which means tactical black color. But what is more interesting here is not the appearance, but the material, because we are looking at the brand’s first watch made entirely of Ceratanium, case and bracelet. Meet the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium IW503604.

If you think about it a little bit… the overall idea behind this watch may make you feel familiar. In fact, just in the middle of the “black man’s life” movement, someone discovered that Lewis Hamilton was wearing a very surprising (and unique) large pilot watch perpetual calendar with an all-black dial, and most importantly, Wearing full Ceratanium clothing… and although we don’t know if he was testing a prototype at the time or if the brand was inspired by Hamilton, this concept is now in the series with the new model IW503604, which is IWC’s first complete model Ceratanium watches. And since this innovative material is not the easiest to produce, it will now be reserved for one of the most complex BPs available, the perpetual calendar.

In short, this watch is based on a stainless steel and blue dial version, which has been re-entered into the permanent collection since earlier this year, with reference number IW503605. This means an oversized case with a diameter of 46.2 mm and a height of 15.4 mm-yes, it is large, no argument, but it is part of the concept after all-with typical pilot watch elements, such as diamond screw-in The crown and the sapphire crystal glass on the top prevent displacement caused by the drop in air pressure-yes, IWC pilot watches are real pilot watches… The display is based on the perpetual calendar module developed by Kurt Klaus in the 1980s, with Hours/minutes, small seconds, power reserve indicator and perpetual calendar display (so it feels like home in such a large situation) displays the date, day of the week, month, year, and dual moon phases in the northern and southern hemispheres in 4 digits.

The 52615 movement has a slightly colored surface under the spiral caseback with a sapphire crystal. This is a powerful internal automatic movement that provides no less than 7 days or 168 hours on two barrels. Power reserve. The basic movement beats at a frequency of 4 Hz to power the top QP module and is wound by the Pellaton winding system. The colored coating seen through the back cover forms a coherent appearance with the rest of the watch.

Okay, now that we have introduced the basics, let us see what makes this IWC Grand Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium IW503604 unique. First of all, as a member of the TOP GUN family, all this has to do with the tactical blackness and modern appearance. For example, the dial uses a matte black base, and displays gray luminous elements and markings, with only a little red on the tip of the QP pointer. The monochromatic jet black design continues to the case and crown made of Ceratanium.

As a reminder, Ceratanium is IWC’s latest development in advanced performance materials. The brand is known for its pioneering use of titanium and ceramics, and recently developed Ceratanium, a material that combines the lightness and structural integrity of titanium with ceramic-like hardness and scratch resistance. It is based on a titanium alloy specially made for IWC, and then undergoes a sintering process, which causes the surface to undergo a phase change and form a ceramic-like surface directly bonded to the titanium. Therefore, the matte black surface you see is not a coating, but a treatment of the metal structure… The result is a material that is lighter than steel, has excellent mechanical resistance, and is protected from erosion (scratches and corrosion).

Here, in addition to the case and crown made of this innovative alloy, the bracelet is also made of Ceratanium, which is the brand’s first. Like the case, this bracelet with H-shaped links has a matte black skin-friendly surface and is equipped with a folding clasp. Most importantly, the buckle has a fine adjustment device.

Case: 46.2 mm diameter x 15.4 mm height-Ceratanium case (titanium alloy and matt black ceramic treatment)-sapphire crystal anti-reflective to prevent displacement due to pressure drop-screw-in crown-sapphire back-60 meters water proof
Dial: Matte black dial, black hands, all elements are filled with gray Super-LumiNova
Movement: Calibre 52615 manufactured by IWC-Automatically equipped with Billerton winding system-54 jewels-7 days or 168 hours power reserve-28,800 vibrations per hour-hours, minutes, small seconds (hack), with date, day of the week , Perpetual calendar of the month, 4-digit year, permanent moon phases in the northern and southern hemispheres, power reserve indicator
Bracelet: Ceratanium bracelet, H shape, matte black-Ceratanium folding clasp with fine adjustment system
Reference: IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Ceratanium