IWC Top Gun is coming back to the big screen after a 36-year hiatus. The iconic Pilot’s Chronograph watch has a new bronze model. The new IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is a direct offspring of two important watches from the 1990s: the 3711 Doppelchronograph and the 3705, a conventional chronograph with a ceramic casing and its steel counterpart.
The case of this Bronze Chronograph 41 is completely sandblasted, giving it a unique appearance on this brand new, non-patinated model. A matte gold colour that is rich and warm but lacks the grandeur and glitter of gold.
As the patina develops, the case will get darker and greener. Other features include a bronze crown and pushers and sapphire crystals on both sides. The caseback, which comes into close contact with the skin, is constructed of titanium, and the watch is water-resistant to 100 meters.
The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 Bronze is comfortable and not too large on the wrist, thanks to the supple textile strap that comes with the watch. It has a certain presence, similar to most automatic chronographs, yet it isn’t obtrusive. The realistic EasX-CHANGE system is included; it allows the user to replace the strap with the press of a button without any extra tools.
The matte blue texture of the dial contrasts beautifully with the bronze, and all of the features; tracks, emblems, markers, and even the day/date discs are accomplished in a beige/tritium colour. All of the hands and the markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 are made of luminous material. The red-coated sub-seconds hand is the watch’s lone splash of colour.
This watch is powered by the manufacture calibre 69385, a strong advancement of Richemont’s ValFleurier’s 7750 design. Thanks to the column wheel features, the pushers on this automated and integrated chronograph have a nice feel.
The movement has 46 hours of power reserve. With an openworked rotor, circular stripes on the automatic bridge, and perlage on the mainplate, the movement is attractive, as you can see it from the crystal sapphire caseback.
This Top Gun watch comes with a really great colourway, something that is going to give you a unique presence. For more information about the IWC watch collection, visit The Time Place boutique.