Partnering with Hodinkee isn’t a new trend. The blog and e-commerce site has already worked with Omega, Zenith, and TAG Heuer on limited edition watches. Now, Hodinkee is hooking up with IWC Schaffhausen for another spectacular watch.
IWC Schaffhausen has been around since 1868. American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the company with the vision of creating watches with Swiss craftsmanship and modern engineering technology from the U.S. Jones ended up in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, and the International Watch Company was born.
Since then, IWC has gained a reputation for high-quality pilot and aviation watches as well as for using titanium in watchmaking.
The Hodinkee watch takes IWC’s entry-level Mark XVIII and takes a look back at the 1948 Mark II. The watch will have a 39mm case, with a self-winding calibre and an anti-magnetic cage. The case is made of a proprietary alloy called Ceratanium, which is a hybrid of titanium and zirconium oxide, making the case just as light as titanium and as scratch-resistant as ceramic.
There’s no date window, but the watch maintains that pilot feel. The watch uses IWC’s calibre 35100 and has a 42-hour power reserve. The band is olive green embossed calfskin with a Ceratanium pin buckle.
There will only be 500 examples of this limited edition watch created. The watches will be available both in the HODINKEE Shop and at select IWC Schaffhausen boutiques for the retail price of USD$6,400.