Horology

IWC Pilot Chronograph Le Petit Prince

The Dial
The Case Back

IWC — International Watch Co — is a Swiss watch manufacturer located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Founded by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868, IWC has been a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group since 2000.

Since 2013, IWC has released “Le Petit Prince” special edition timepieces with their trademark blue dials commemorate the wonderful story of “The Little Prince”. But long before that, the brand had been supporting the Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry on various projects, ensuring that his spirit would continue to be honoured in the most special ways.

My Pilot Watch Chronograph “Le Petit Prince” special edition (IW 3777-14) displayed above is a production of 2016 or 2017. The self-winding & automatic in-house chronograph movement is protected by the stainless steel case with a diameter of 43 mm. Originally it came with a brown calfskin strap, but I have replaced it with a new blue one.

This watch does not only show the technical supremacy of IWC, but also the poetic side of watchmaking. It relates to the intricacies of the movement that are mostly hidden inside watch cases and can be truly appreciated only by a real connoisseur; just the way the fox said to the little prince: “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eyes.”