The new IWC Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition "Le Petit Prince" is the first in the collection to feature a classic moon phase, one which pays an exquisite tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novella.
For this edition, IWC have recreated to stunning effect a scene which many will remember from their childhood, and one which will cause many to reflect on its thought-provoking quality. Just below the 12 o'clock, through a crescent-shaped aperture the dear little fellow can be glimpsed standing on his own planet, a golden silhouette against the starry night sky - a poignant and charming panorama.
The inclusion of "Le Petit Prince" does characterise this piece, but this is also an edition which is packed with a wealth of meritorious features. Inside is the IWC manufactured 51613 Calibre with its in-built Pellaton automatic winding system which creates a power reserve of 7 days, handily displayed at 3 0'clock. Also neatly laid out are the date, day, month and the year indicated using four digits. Even with such a wealth of indications there is still plenty of rich blue dial to be enjoyed - and although the cockpit styling which makes the Big Pilot's collection so desirable is still there, its sharpness becomes diluted in this sublime midnight blue/red gold combination.