Discover the IW327010 – IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Le Petit Prince”
It’s hard to think of a single wristwatch model from any company that excites as much of a sense of ownership, from owners and non-owners alike, as the Mark series from IWC.
The IW327010 Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Le Petit Prince” is a special-edition timepiece dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s little prince. In both form and function, this watch reflects the ideal established by classic pilot’s watches. Like cockpit instrumentation, the clearly organized dial is reduced to essentials, and legibility is a top priority. The watch, which is water-resistant to 6 bar, is powered by an automatic 35111-calibre movement, meets the requirements of professional pilot’s watches in terms of precision and has a 42-hour power reserve. With its soft-iron inner case, it is optimally shielded against the influence of magnetic fields. The midnight blue dial and the brown calfskin strap from Santoni with its cream coloured quilted stitching, which is reminiscent of Saint-Exupéry’s flight suit, make this a particularly eye-catching timepiece.
The new IW327010 Mark XVIII is an extremely clean, unornamented watch, in the spirit of the most revered of the Marks: the XI and XII, and it represents some major (for the Mark series) changes from its predecessor, the Mark XVII. The “Spitfire” style hands are still there, but the altimeter-style date window’s been reduced to a single date. The triangle at 12:00 has been moved down slightly, though it’s still flanked by two dots (it was placed squarely at the 12:00 position in the Mark XVII) and the case dimensions have been reduced somewhat, from 41 mm in the XVII to 40 mm in the XVIII. At release, it’s also joined by an edition “Le Petit Prince” with a white date window, and sunray brushed blue dial, as well as a very endearing engraving of the little guy on the case back. Both come on very solid-feeling calfskin straps from Santoni, which do a great job adding to the tool-watch, cockpit-centric feel of the new Marks.
- Stainless steel case
- Diameter 40.0 mm
- Height 11.0 mm
- Screw in crown
- Water resistance 6 bar
- Black dial with luminescence
- 35111 Calibre
- Automatic, self-winding
- 42 hours Power Reserve
- Frequency 28800.0 vph (4.0 hz)
- 163 Components
- 25 Jewels
- Côtes de Genève, perlage
- Brown calfskin strap
- Strap width 20 mm
- Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
- Date display
- Glass secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
- Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
- Central hacking seconds