Following the release last year of the special edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW515202) of the large pilot’s monopusher chronograph watch,Replica IWC presents the special edition “Antoine Saint-Exupéry” (IW515204) with this function. The two watches have the same specifications, except that the former has a stainless steel case with a blue dial and is limited to 500 pieces, while the latter has an 18K red gold case with a brown dial and is limited to 100 pieces.
The dial color scheme of the new watch is inspired by the flight suit worn by the legendary writer and pilot Antoine Saint-Exupéry, while the dial is brushed with sunburst satin, and the warm radiance complements the 18K red gold case. At 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock, there are small seconds and 60-minute chronographs respectively. The vertical layout is balanced and symmetrical, which is pleasing to the eye.
The new watch has a diameter of 46.2 mm and a thickness of 14.6 mm. The 18K red gold case features a brushed finish, and the bezel, crown and caseback are polished. The timing button is integrated with the huge onion crown, which is used to start, stop and reset the timing function, which is convenient and practical. Equipped with a double-sided anti-glare sapphire crystal and a see-through case back, the watch is water-resistant to 60 meters.
Appliquéd gold-plated Arabic numerals and hour markers, the iconic triangle with dot markers, and even the propeller-shaped gold-plated hands with elongated tips are coated with Super-LumiNova to ensure readability in dark environments. At 5-second intervals, the outer edge is marked with detailed white scales, which are particularly eye-catching against the brown dial. In addition, there is a date window at 3 o’clock, with black characters on a white background, which is easy to identify.
Through the see-through case back, you can admire the built-in 59365 movement. This is the third chronograph movement developed and manufactured by IWC and the brand’s only manually wound chronograph movement. The 59365 movement is assembled from 281 parts, contains 36 jewels, beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz), is equipped with a column wheel mechanism, and can provide a power reserve of up to 192 hours (8 days) when fully wound. In addition, the movement is also decorated with fine Côtes de Genève and fish scales, and has a power reserve indicator function on the back.
Replica IWC’s new large pilot single-button chronograph watch “Antoine Saint-Exupéry” special edition comes with a brown calfskin strap, limited edition of 100 pieces, and the official website price is 252,000 yuan.