IWC finally release new Top Gun watch months after Lewis Hamilton was spotted wearing it

Watches

Introducing the all new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe watch as part of its Colours of Top Gun series.
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe

 

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This newest complicated Big Pilot’s watch is crafted in the same white ceramic called IWC Lake Tahoe by IWC and Pantone, that was first introduced in the Big Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun in 2022. The colour is inspired by the white uniforms of the elite pilots and by the winter landscape around Lake Tahoe, which Top Gun flight school pilots frequently fly over.

While the high-tech ceramic case color isn’t new, the timepiece most certainly is – and it is taking the sports world by storm. In fact, just recently, avid F1 fans may have spotted Lewis Hamilton, Formula 1 Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS team driver, wearing it.

F1 Grand Prix of Spain

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on June 4, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 46.5mm watch boasts a black dial and black hands with white accents and white Super-LumiNova coating. It is equipped with IWC’s in-house-made perpetual calendar movement, caliber 52615, that was developed by Kurt Klaus in the 1980’s and that has enjoyed several improved iterations over the years. It tracks the different lengths of the months and the leap years – requiring no manual adjustment until the year 2100 (when the scheduled leap year will be skipped).

 The incredibly precise perpetual calendar movement is visible via a transparent sapphire case back.
The incredibly precise perpetual calendar movement is visible via a transparent sapphire case back.

Thanks to a specially developed gear train, the moonphase indication — a patented double moon phase that shows the moon in the northern and southern hemispheres — is so precise that it deviates by just one day every 577.5 years. The movement, visible via a sapphire case back, also boasts a Pellaton winding system and offers seven days of power reserve.

Available as of July, this watch is one that is eligible for registration under the My IWC care program — meaning that owners can extend their standard 2-year International Limited Warranty by six years.

IWC  Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe
IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Lake Tahoe side angle

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