LONDON - IWC Schaffhausen never ceases to astonish with new and innovative watches. This is definitely the case with the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “The Last Flight” (Ref. IW388005) introduced in August 2014 to mark 70 years since the last flight of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the legendary writer, poet and pioneering aviator.
A special limited edition – number one of seventeen – will be offered during the auction of Important Watches this November in Geneva. All the proceeds will benefit the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation, in support of the Hospital Pequeno Príncipe in Curitiba, Brazil’s largest children’s hospital. The fund will help to build a library for young patients of this centre, which specialises in highly complex heart operations, organ and bone transplants and cancer treatment.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “The Last Flight” (Ref. IW388005).
In 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry took off on a reconnaissance flight over France from which he never returned. Mystery surrounded his fate until 1998, when a fisherman found a bracelet belonging to the French national hero off the shores of Marseille. Pieces of wreckage were later recovered and identified as parts of Saint-Exupéry’s Lockheed Lightning.
This limited edition chronograph impresses with its 46 mm diameter brown silicon nitride ceramic case and push-buttons, crown and case-back in platinum with a special engraving in memory of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s last flight. The high performance ceramic case has several outstanding properties such as enormous heat and corrosion resistance.
The unusual and innovative blend of ceramic and platinum gives the piece a very steady look and feel. The appealing ‘tobacco’ hue connotes the pilot’s flying suit and the rugged characteristics of this pilot’s watch.
The calibre ref. 89361 is a completely in-house self-winding, flyback chronograph movement with a comfortable 68h power reserve and a brown dial with rhodium-plated counters. The date display, hours and minute counters are combined in a totalizer at 12 o’clock. A brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching and a pin buckle complete this model. It is a fitting and elegant tribute to a great traveller, a great writer and a great philanthropist.
Pedro Reiser is a specialist in the Watch department, Sotheby’s Geneva.