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SIHH 2016: IWC - Pilot's Watch Timezoner Chronograph

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With the new Pilot's Watch Timezoner Chronograph showcased at SIHH 2016, IWC introduces for the first time a solution that permits the user to set a new time zone, together with the date and 24-hour hand, using just the bezel.

In a single movement, you just push the bezel down by exerting pressure on two opposite sides, turn it to the desired time zone and release. Only then, the lock can be released smoothly and the bezel turn in both directions. When the ring is released, a spring ensures that it returns to its original position. This way, the system protects against inadvertent rotation.

The movement is conveyed synchronously to the hour hand and a smaller red-tipped 24-hour hand that always shows whether it is day or night in the selected time zone. The date display is also synchronized automatically, regardless of whether the watch is advanced or turned back, and whether the 24-hour hand passes midnight.

The polished black rotating bezel brings the names of 24 cities, each representing one of the international time zones. Those countries with summer time are indicated on the rotating bezel by a small "S". The inscription "UTC" below London shows the current Universal Time Coordinated.

Frequent flyers and pilots will find the system extremely fast and easy to use: no matter how often they change time zones, they can quickly show local time and then revert to home time. Or if you just want to know what time of the day is in a particular town, you simply turn the city in question to the top of the dial and then back. Thanks to the black and red 24-hour hand you can instantly know whether it is night or day.

With its black city ring, dial and Santoni calfskin strap, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph retains the colour coding of the classic Pilot’s Watch, the white displays providing a highly legible contrast.

The hours and minutes recorded by the chronograph function can be read off on the totalizer at "12 o’clock" as easily as on any analogue timepiece. Stopped times up to 60 seconds are shown by the central stopwatch hand.

The integrated flyback function allows wearers to return the running stopwatch hand to zero and to start another timing sequence immediately.

Engraved into the back of the 45 mm x 16.5 mm stainless-steel case, which is water-resistant to 6 bar, is a depiction of a Junkers Ju 52, the  most common civilian aircraft of the 1930s.

The IWC-manufactured self-winding calibre 89760 beats at a frequency 4 Hz (28,800 vph) with a power reserve of 68 hours.

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph (ref. IW395001) has a price of Euro 13,600.

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