IWC is very well known for being pioneers in introducing new materials. It was in 1980 when IWC presented the world's first watch made out of titanium, the Porsche Design Chrono. And it was only six years later in 1986 when IWC presented the very first watch made out of ceramic with the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar.
Both materials have their own advantages, the lightness of titanium and the scratch resistance of ceramic. So why not develop a material which combines the best of both materials? IWC took on the challenge and started the developing process of a new material which took 8 years until Ceratanium™ was ready to present it to the world with the IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition 50 Years Aquatimer in 2017. The surface of this special alloy will transform during a firing process and will get a black surface which has the scratch resistance of ceramic.
The very first pilots watch where Ceratanium™ was used, is the Mark XVIII Edition Hodinkee. In 2019 IWC launched the Double Chronograph Top Gun in Ceratanium™ and now IWC is extending their pilots family with the IWC Pilot's Watch Timezoner Top Gun Ceratanium™ and Big Pilot's watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium™.
IWC Pilot's Watch Timezoner Top Gun Ceratanium
The Pilots Watch Timezoner Top Gun Ceratanium™ will be limited to 500 pieces and is now available for the first time in the Top Gun line. While the case is made out of Ceratanium™, the bezel or city ring how IWC call it, is made out of ceramic. This complication allows you by pushing down the city ring, to rotate it to the city or Timezone you are currently in and the time is set. The cool jet black design will be rounded by the gray numbers and the rubber strap with textile inlay.
IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium
The Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium™ is for me the direct successor of the legendary first Top Gun Perpetual Calendar from 2012. In addition to the Ceratanium™ case, IWC is presenting for the first time also a bracelet fully made out of Ceratanium™. Not a lot of people will know it, but a prototype of that bracelet was already available around 2016/2017 for the Aquatimer, and then later used for Lewis Hamilton's Black Lives Matter Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar. Compared to a regular steel bracelet, the Ceratanium™ version is around 30 percent lighter. The IWC manufactured caliber 52615 with its Pellaton winding system, can be viewed through the sapphire glass case back. The phenomenal jet black design and gray numbers make the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Top Gun Ceratanium™ the best wingman you can get.
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