Grande Montre d'Aviateur Calendrier Perpétuel TOP GUN

IW502902

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Grande Montre d'Aviateur Calendrier Perpétuel TOP GUN

Brand  : IWC
Collection  : Pilot's Watches
Model  : Grande Montre d'Aviateur Calendrier Perpétuel TOP GUN
Reference  : IW502902
Complement : Black Ceramic - Black Fabric Strap
Year : 2012
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  • Brand  : IWC
    Collection  : Pilot's Watches
    Model  : Grande Montre d'Aviateur Calendrier Perpétuel TOP GUN
    Reference  : IW502902
    Complement : Black Ceramic - Black Fabric Strap
    Year : 2012
    Is not commercialised any more
    List Price : 35 900 €
    Diameter : 48 mm
    Thickness : 16 mm
    Styles : Sporty
    Types : Self-winding
    Calibre : 51614
    Complication : Months Indicator
    Stop second mechanism
    Power Reserve Indicator
    Perpetual Calendar
    Small Seconds
    Days Indicator
    Perpetual Moon Phases
    Case material : Ceramic
    Case peculiarity : Screwed-down crown
    Shape : Round
    Water-resistance : 60 meters
    Dial color : Black
    Display : Luminescent hands
    Date hand
    Indexes : Baton-type
    Triangles
    Arabic numerals
    Glass : Sapphire
    Antireflective coating
    Domed
    Strap material : Toile
    Strap color : Black
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    + More characteristics : Movement
    Jewels : 62
    Frequency : 3 Hz
    21.600 A/h
    Power reserve : 168 hours
    Pellaton automatic winding 
    Glucydur beryllium alloy balance
    Breguet spring

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  • 2012: the year of the high-flyers 

    The new Pilot’s Watches from IWC Schaffhausen

    IWC Schaffhausen gets off to a powerful start in 2012: the year of the Pilot’s Watch. With five new models, the TOP GUN collection establishes itself as an independent formation within the IWC Pilot’s Watch family. The year’s high-flyer is the TOP GUN Miramar: a tribute to the place in California where the myth of the elite pilots was born. And two Pilot’s Watches featuring many of fine watchmaking’s greatest achievements prepare for take off: the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN and the Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month. 

    “For the new TOP GUN Pilot’s Watches we drew on our long tradition of manufacturing unusual deck watches. In the1940s, Pilot’s Watches made in Schaffhausen were widely used as so-called B watches for flight navigation,” explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “Back then, only wristwatches with the highest possible precision were good enough for navigators: the pilot and his crew would synchronize their watches to the navigator’s.” Since the main priority for navigation is optimum legibility of the seconds and minutes, these two were often the only indicators shown on the outer ring; the hours would be relatively small and appeared on a central ring. This particular detail inspired IWC’s designers to display the hour circle and the chapter ring separately on the dials of the Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar and the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar.“The process of retracing the historic roots of our Pilot’s Watches gave us the idea of using the Miramar tocreateour first linewith a military-style design,” adds Christian Knoop, Creative Director at IWC. “This allows us to combine various styles in an imaginative way – even with luxury elements, if we wish. That’s one of the reasons the new Miramar line is such a perfect fit for IWC : premium-class watches with out- standing mechanics and a rugged, almost hardedged feel.” The dark, metallic sheen of the grey ceramic case and the matte anthracite of the dial all waken associations with precision instruments used in aviation. The use of specific camouflage colours such as beige for the hands and chapter ring, together with green for the strap, underscore the desired look. The textile strap leans visibly on the tough webbing belts. It is complemented by two high-tech materials, typical for TOP GUN, that were introduced to watchmaking by IWC as early as the 1980s : zirconium oxide for the case, along with titanium for the controls and the watch back. Both the Miramar models – like the entire TOP GUN collection, incidentally – are equipped with IWC-manufactured calibres. Like the other Big Pilot’s Watch,theBig Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar is equipped with the largest automatic movement made by IWC, with a power reserve of 168 hours. This also explains the 48-millimetre case diameter. The calibre 89365 found in the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramaris one of the most advanced and robust chronograph movements ever produced. It has a flyback function as well as an analogue display for stopped minutes and seconds. Commenting on the family’s positioning in the international watch market, Karoline Huber, Director Marketing & Communications at IWC, explains : “Flying enthusiasts all over the world think of Miramar in California as the birth place of the Top Gun legend. With our new TOP GUN Miramar design line, we are addressing watch lovers who consciously embrace IWC’s long-standing tradition of manufacturing Pilot’s Watches but who also wish to benefit from the technological advances of the 21st century and the inimitable quality typical of IWC.” 

    Haute Horlogerie for the cockpit Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN

    The sheer power and technical superiority of the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN are clear for all to see. Much like the hangars housing the state of the art supersonic jets at the elite flying school in Fallon, Nevada, the impressive high-tech ceramic case of this watch accommodates some of watchmaking’s greatest achievements.
    High-tech meets Haute Horlogerie : The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN (Ref. 502902) comes with features guaranteed to send the adrenalin level of watch lovers soaring. It starts with the IWC-manufactured 51614-calibre movement with Pellaton winding system, one of the most efficient automatic winding systems in the history of watchmaking. After just 1,960 revolutions, the spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system build up a 7-day power reserve. To put this in per- spective: on average, human beings move their arms about 3,000 times a day. The power re- serve display in the subdial at “3 o’clock” is a constant reminder of the movement’s efficiency. It generates enough energy to power a wealth of watchmaking complications, such as the perpetual calendar with its four-digit year display and the date, day and month displays. All the displays are easily adjusted via the crown and advance automatically. The perpetual calendar will not require intervention by a watchmaker until 2100, a year that breaks with the conventional 4-year cycle and will not be a leap year. The current century slide bears the numbers 20, 21 and 22 and will therefore come to the end of its service life on 31 December 2299. Two discreet air-craft silhouettes on the moon phase display at “12 o’clock” indicate the state of the moon as seen from the northern and southern hemispheres. In each lunar month, i.e. about 29.5 days, the watch’s imitation of the moon’s orbit deviates by about 12 seconds. Other high- lights hidden away in the movement include a Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance and Breguet spring.  
    Pilot’s Watch design leans on historic forebears  
    The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN makes no secret of its illustrious past, parading it confidently in its very name. In 1940, its historic forebear established the design cues for the Pilot’s Watch as we know it today. The modern version combines the classical instrument appearance – contrasting a white chapter ring with an arrowhead index on a matte-black dial – with the sporty design of the TOP GUN line. The ceramic case and titanium crown allude to the technological leadership traditionally held by the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer: IWC introduced titanium as a case material and discovered ceramics for the watchmaking industry way back in the 1980s. The 48-millimetre case is secured with a black soft strap that is as rugged as it is comfortable to wear. The Top Gun logo on the back of the case is an unequivocal statement that this timepiece is high technology at its best and one of the most complex pilot’s watches ever built.
  • 2012: the year of the high-flyers 

    The new Pilot’s Watches from IWC Schaffhausen

    IWC Schaffhausen gets off to a powerful start in 2012: the year of the Pilot’s Watch. With five new models, the TOP GUN collection establishes itself as an independent formation within the IWC Pilot’s Watch family. The year’s high-flyer is the TOP GUN Miramar: a tribute to the place in California where the myth of the elite pilots was born. And two Pilot’s Watches featuring many of fine watchmaking’s greatest achievements prepare for take off: the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN and the Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month. 

    “For the new TOP GUN Pilot’s Watches we drew on our long tradition of manufacturing unusual deck watches. In the1940s, Pilot’s Watches made in Schaffhausen were widely used as so-called B watches for flight navigation,” explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “Back then, only wristwatches with the highest possible precision were good enough for navigators: the pilot and his crew would synchronize their watches to the navigator’s.” Since the main priority for navigation is optimum legibility of the seconds and minutes, these two were often the only indicators shown on the outer ring; the hours would be relatively small and appeared on a central ring. This particular detail inspired IWC’s designers to display the hour circle and the chapter ring separately on the dials of the Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar and the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramar.“The process of retracing the historic roots of our Pilot’s Watches gave us the idea of using the Miramar tocreateour first linewith a military-style design,” adds Christian Knoop, Creative Director at IWC. “This allows us to combine various styles in an imaginative way – even with luxury elements, if we wish. That’s one of the reasons the new Miramar line is such a perfect fit for IWC : premium-class watches with out- standing mechanics and a rugged, almost hardedged feel.” The dark, metallic sheen of the grey ceramic case and the matte anthracite of the dial all waken associations with precision instruments used in aviation. The use of specific camouflage colours such as beige for the hands and chapter ring, together with green for the strap, underscore the desired look. The textile strap leans visibly on the tough webbing belts. It is complemented by two high-tech materials, typical for TOP GUN, that were introduced to watchmaking by IWC as early as the 1980s : zirconium oxide for the case, along with titanium for the controls and the watch back. Both the Miramar models – like the entire TOP GUN collection, incidentally – are equipped with IWC-manufactured calibres. Like the other Big Pilot’s Watch,theBig Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Miramar is equipped with the largest automatic movement made by IWC, with a power reserve of 168 hours. This also explains the 48-millimetre case diameter. The calibre 89365 found in the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Miramaris one of the most advanced and robust chronograph movements ever produced. It has a flyback function as well as an analogue display for stopped minutes and seconds. Commenting on the family’s positioning in the international watch market, Karoline Huber, Director Marketing & Communications at IWC, explains : “Flying enthusiasts all over the world think of Miramar in California as the birth place of the Top Gun legend. With our new TOP GUN Miramar design line, we are addressing watch lovers who consciously embrace IWC’s long-standing tradition of manufacturing Pilot’s Watches but who also wish to benefit from the technological advances of the 21st century and the inimitable quality typical of IWC.” 

    Haute Horlogerie for the cockpit Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN

    The sheer power and technical superiority of the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN are clear for all to see. Much like the hangars housing the state of the art supersonic jets at the elite flying school in Fallon, Nevada, the impressive high-tech ceramic case of this watch accommodates some of watchmaking’s greatest achievements.
    High-tech meets Haute Horlogerie : The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN (Ref. 502902) comes with features guaranteed to send the adrenalin level of watch lovers soaring. It starts with the IWC-manufactured 51614-calibre movement with Pellaton winding system, one of the most efficient automatic winding systems in the history of watchmaking. After just 1,960 revolutions, the spring-mounted rotor and Pellaton pawl-winding system build up a 7-day power reserve. To put this in per- spective: on average, human beings move their arms about 3,000 times a day. The power re- serve display in the subdial at “3 o’clock” is a constant reminder of the movement’s efficiency. It generates enough energy to power a wealth of watchmaking complications, such as the perpetual calendar with its four-digit year display and the date, day and month displays. All the displays are easily adjusted via the crown and advance automatically. The perpetual calendar will not require intervention by a watchmaker until 2100, a year that breaks with the conventional 4-year cycle and will not be a leap year. The current century slide bears the numbers 20, 21 and 22 and will therefore come to the end of its service life on 31 December 2299. Two discreet air-craft silhouettes on the moon phase display at “12 o’clock” indicate the state of the moon as seen from the northern and southern hemispheres. In each lunar month, i.e. about 29.5 days, the watch’s imitation of the moon’s orbit deviates by about 12 seconds. Other high- lights hidden away in the movement include a Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance and Breguet spring.  
    Pilot’s Watch design leans on historic forebears  
    The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN makes no secret of its illustrious past, parading it confidently in its very name. In 1940, its historic forebear established the design cues for the Pilot’s Watch as we know it today. The modern version combines the classical instrument appearance – contrasting a white chapter ring with an arrowhead index on a matte-black dial – with the sporty design of the TOP GUN line. The ceramic case and titanium crown allude to the technological leadership traditionally held by the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer: IWC introduced titanium as a case material and discovered ceramics for the watchmaking industry way back in the 1980s. The 48-millimetre case is secured with a black soft strap that is as rugged as it is comfortable to wear. The Top Gun logo on the back of the case is an unequivocal statement that this timepiece is high technology at its best and one of the most complex pilot’s watches ever built.
  • Brand  : IWC
    Collection  : Pilot's Watches
    Model  : Grande Montre d'Aviateur Calendrier Perpétuel TOP GUN
    Reference  : IW502902
    Complement : Black Ceramic - Black Fabric Strap
    Year : 2012
    Is not commercialised any more
    List Price : 35 900 €
    Diameter : 48 mm
    Thickness : 16 mm
    Styles : Sporty
    Types : Self-winding
    Calibre : 51614
    Complication : Months Indicator
    Stop second mechanism
    Power Reserve Indicator
    Perpetual Calendar
    Small Seconds
    Days Indicator
    Perpetual Moon Phases
    Case material : Ceramic
    Case peculiarity : Screwed-down crown
    Shape : Round
    Water-resistance : 60 meters
    Dial color : Black
    Display : Luminescent hands
    Date hand
    Indexes : Baton-type
    Triangles
    Arabic numerals
    Glass : Sapphire
    Antireflective coating
    Domed
    Strap material : Toile
    Strap color : Black
    Strap clasp : Folding buckle
    More characteristics : Movement
    Jewels : 62
    Frequency : 3 Hz
    21.600 A/h
    Power reserve : 168 hours
    Pellaton automatic winding 
    Glucydur beryllium alloy balance
    Breguet spring