Luxury Watch Brand IWC Schaffhausen pays tribute to Top Gun
By Romit Jethwaney — March 30, 2013
In 1986, director Tony Scott made a hollywood movie that sky rocketed in more ways than one. Box Office blockbuster Top Gun featuring Tom Cruise, Van Kilmer and Kelly McGillis, was based on a dramatic plot, where protagonist Maverick played by Cruise impersonates a naval pilot for the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. From then on, it is an action packed mayhem involving flight squadrons to missiles to aerial showboating skills. All this with a hint of romance. End result; the film has internationally grossed over USD 350 million.
Swiss luxury watch brand pays homage to the film with their creation of the Top Gun Big Pilot's Watch. It was during the era of 1969 to 1996, that pilots gained recognition and acknowledgement, catalyzed by the aftermath of the successful movie. IWC has outdone itself by creating by far, their most complex pilot watch ever built.
The IWC Big Pilot's watch is driven by an in-house manufactured 51614 caliber movement and a high quality Pellaton winding system that builds up a 7 day power reserve. Yet, the most eye-catching feature of the timepiece is it's perpetual calendar which displays the date, day and month on each sub-dial guaranteeing more than enough readability. The unique moon phase display is located at the 12 o'clock position. The timepiece bears a screw-in crown and a breguet spring.
The case back and crown are composed of grade 5 titanium, which is stronger in comparison to steel. In addition, the case back is engraved with an enamel Top Gun logo right under the sapphire glass. The 48 mm dial is made of zirconium oxide, preventing scratches to the watch. A IWC fact finding is that the the in-house caliber movement will not require any adjustment up to 2100 to say the least. Along with the moon phase display which will be error free for another 577.5 years, making it one of the most accurate moonphase in an automatic perpetual calendar.
The watch has water resistance up to 6 bars and is priced at an eloquent USD 38,200. The Top Gun series from IWC is also home to its Miramar counterpart. This cousin to the Perpetual Calendar watch, is more subtle with its polished grey ceramic case and green canvas strap drawing its colors from the military. Housing a 51111 calibre, known to be on of the most largest automatic movements present. Due to its 8.5 day power reserve , the watch assures accuracy in timing for a span of seven days, when fully wound. Secured against pressure drops in the cockpit, the Miramar has an anti-reflective coating on both sides. This version from the Big Pilot series is priced at a more economical USD 18,600.
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