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IWC Big Pilot 43: not classic, not modern

Anyone with a modicum of experience in the horology world knows that IWC is synonymous with pilot’s watches. Since the world wars, the pilot’s watch has been part of the production of the company based in Schaffhausen, which, with this edition, wants to return to the purity of its traditional lines, recalling a military watch, devoid of any concession to the luxury – and, in a sense, the flattery – of the civilian world. 

But it is enough to have the courage to turn it over, concealing the perfection of its dial for a moment, to reveal an unexpected world: the beauty of its movement revealed through a sapphire crystal window, which, like a porthole, lets us discover a new and fascinating vision. The IWC-manufactured 82100 caliber shines before our eyes in its mechanical perfection, embellished with aesthetic touches such as the fine circular graining of the surfaces or the finely skeletonized rotor decorated with a contrasting medallion.

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A jewel of technique

If we could enter the machine, in addition to the visual spectacle, we would discover other technical details that make this watch an authentic technical gem. For example, the various components of the winding system, made of zirconium oxide ceramic, very small and virtually wear-free, which help ensure this watch has a power reserve of 60 hours and full-proof reliability. And in this perfect fusion of opposites, where superlative technique and utilitarian aspect come together, the Big Pilot finds its versatility, especially when we consider that the practical EasXChange strap changing system allows you to change its look in a few minutes. 

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A changing look for every style

In fact, a wide range of calfskin and rubber straps are available in a variety of colors, as well as a new steel bracelet with a micro-adjustment system for improved comfort and ergonomics: the ideal accessory to go from an austere and formal look, perfect for a business meeting in the city, to a sporty style, even for a dive into the pool, thanks to the improved 100-meter water resistance.

In short, the Big Pilot 43 mm is a changeable and flexible watch that becomes what you want to accompany you throughout your days.

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The IWC Big Pilot 43 with the metal bracelet
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A detail of the case
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A different look, for a different style
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