IWC Schaffhausen has introduced two new TOP GUN chronographs in coloured ceramic as part of its Pilot’s Watches family. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Lake Tahoe” features a white ceramic case and black dial, while the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Woodland” combines a dark green ceramic case and dial with pushers, crown, and case back in matte black Ceratanium. Both timepieces are powered by IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre movement and production of the new models will be limited to 1,000 pieces each.
The line of watches was introduced in 2007 with a black zirconium oxide ceramic case. In 2019, IWC introduced the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert”, the first TOP GUN model in sand-coloured ceramic. Today, IWC completes the collection with two new chronographs in white and green ceramic.
The new IWC watch is inspired by flight suits and is a ceramic case with a green dial. The numerals and hour markers are printed in a lighter hue. The pushers and case back are made of matte black Ceratanium. The strap is green with a textile inlay.
The watches are powered by the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre, a robust and reliable chronograph with a column-wheel design. They also feature softiron inner cases to protect their movements from the effects of magnetic fields, and the front glasses are specially secured to withstand sudden drops in air pressure. Both watches are water-resistant to 6 bar and feature the iconic TOP GUN logo as an engraving on the case back.
The watch chronographs are designed with new ceramic colours. A challenge in the design and manufacturing process was to adapt the newly developed ceramic white and green shades to numerous other components made of different materials – each with unique properties and a specific manufacturing process – such as the dial, the hands, the rubber straps and textile inlays, and even luminescent paint.
Both watches are available through IWC boutiques, authorized retail partners, or online at IWC.com. They come with a 6-year extension to the standard 2-year International Limited Warranty when registered under the My IWC care program.