HONG KONG-The much-loved tale of The Little Prince has been told and re-told through generations, and has been translated into more than 260 languages and dialects. At the heart of the celebrated young character’s allegorical odyssey are his journeys to seven planets, upon which he meets an array of seven unique inhabitants: the king, the vain man, the drunkard, the businessman, the lamplighter, the geographer and finally a rose.
Inspired by this famous French Novella. IWC Schaffhausen has specially created a timepiece called the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’. Each stage of the little prince’s journey is incorporated into the design of. The midnight-blue dial of the watch includes a surprising and playful feature: a jumping red star display is arranged inside the faint line of the circle at its centre. Each day of the week, this captivating display lights up a different star in red, symbolising the different planets visited by the Little Prince. They, along with the names of their inhabitants, are engraved on the back of the watch. The reverse side of the case also features a portrait of the prince himself, allowing the wearer to know which realm the little boy is visiting at any given moment.
Taken in 1930, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, stands in his aviator attire (left).
An illustration from The Little Prince (right).
In addition to the poetry of the ‘jumping stars’, the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ combines all the features of a watch designed for flying. Among them is the chronograph split-seconds hand complication – also known as a double chronograph – whose sophistication is often underestimated. Its two stop-watch seconds hands, mounted one on top of the other, present watchmakers with a challenge, and allow the owner to reliably record intermediate times, even within the same minute. Further impressive functions in this fascinating variant include automatic winding, chronograph with aggregate time recording up to 12 hours, and a soft-iron inner case as protection against magnetic fields. Whilst being the only timepiece with this red star it is part of the limited edition of 1,000 pieces.