IWC 2021: Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is Right on Time

by Li Yuling

Yearning for adventures in the sky, land and sea? The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is poised to become your favourite sporting companion.

The Pilot’s Watches of IWC Schaffhausen have a long and fascinating history that deserves more space than this post allows, but one thing’s for sure: the timepieces are firm favourites among aviators and watch collectors alike, and for good reason. While the Swiss manufacturer prefers the design principle of “form follows function”, IWC Pilot’s Watches are globally renowned for both their visual and technical attributes. In their latest launch at the Digital Watches and Wonders exhibition, IWC focused on two styles celebrated for their cockpit-instrument aesthetic and functionality: the Chronograph and Big Pilot’s Watch. Here’s a peek at their newest chronograph. 

Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41

The IWC Spitfire Chronographs of 2019 have been such a hit that the new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is a natural – and smart – next move. With a compact stainless steel case of a 41mm diameter and an enhanced water resistance of 10-bar (from the usual 6-bar), the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is positioned as the “ultimate sports watch” that is ergonomic, reliable, robust, and stylish, to boot.

Powered by the IWC-manufactured 69385 calibre, the timepiece precisely measures stop times up to 12 hours. Through its sapphire glass case back, you’d find it hard to resist staring at the engineering marvel that is the 231-component mechanical chronograph movement, where the stopwatch function is controlled by a column wheel, and a bi-directional pawl winding system converts the wearer’s kinetic energy into potential energy in the mainspring. Fully wound, the timepiece has a 46-hour power reserve.

Like the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 from the same launch, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 also features a quick-change system and a choice of straps as well as a stainless steel bracelet – enabling seamless transitions between activities. Its four references include a blue dial with blue calfskin strap (Ref. IW388101); blue dial with stainless steel bracelet (Ref. IW388102); a green dial with brown calfskin strap (Ref. IW388103); and a green dial with stainless steel bracelet (Ref. IW388104). All models come with a stainless steel case and rhodium-plated hands, and additional straps in calfskin and rubber are available as accessories in IWC boutiques and online on

Even as jet-setting may yet be in the horizon this year, these striking new timekeepers from IWC have fired up the aviation enthusiasts among us. And you? 

“Thanks to the quick-change system and a choice of straps, the chronographs can be adapted swiftly to different surroundings. Combined with the now 10 bar water- resistant case, this versatility makes them perfect companions for adventures in the air, on the ground or by the water.”

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

IWC Launches Mobile App with Virtual Watch Try-on

If you’re wondering how the 2021 IWC novelties will look on your wrist, here’s some good news: Now you can try them on virtually, using the all-new IWC App. Launched in time for Watches and Wonders, the IWC app brings the luxury watchmaker even closer to watch lovers, connecting the IWC global family digitally. Its most exciting feature is the Augmented Reality (AR) watch try-on, where all you need to do is point the mobile camera at your wrist to try your chosen watch on.

Images courtesy of IWC and Curatedition, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

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