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IWC Rearms Its Pilot’s Watches

James D. Malcolmson

With a substantial black ceramic case and a no-nonsense military webbing strap, the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Miramar edition ($18,200) is clearly intended to be the toughest-looking pilot’s watch you can buy. By combining manufacture movements in top models like the Big Pilot’s Watch with a legitimate pedigree (IWC has been making the popular, black-dialed pieces consistently since the 1930s), the company has built a prestigious niche in the massive market for aviation-themed timepieces. Six new models in the collection solidify this position with in-house perpetual calendar and chronograph movements as well as tasteful rose gold executions. Despite these features, it is the aggressive styling and the flavor of modern jet fighters you will remember first. IWC’s design studio, as always, believes testosterone is an ingredient on which you should never skimp. (800.432.9330, www.iwc.ch)

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