Antoine de Saint-Exupery has inspired generations of young readers with his classic children’s book, Le Petit Prince. Antoine wasn’t just an author, though. He was also an aviator, and as such needed a quality timepiece to fly his missions. IWC has taken inspiration from both Antoine himself and from his book to create the Petit Prince sub-collection. The most recent addition to the collection is the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition.
Dressed in 18K red gold, the case measures 43mm in diameter and is a thick 16mm. The dial of the watch is done in a midnight blue as a reference to Antoine’s little prince. While this is the second time that IWC has used their IWC 89630 caliber movement, it’s the first time that they have offered a perpetual calendar in a pilot’s watch. The watch has displays for the day, date month, leap year, and moon phase. The perpetual calendar is good through 2100 without needing to be adjusted. It also shows hours, minutes, small seconds, and a chronograph. With a power reserve of 68 hours, this automatic winder houses 51 jewels.
Adding a perpetual calendar to this watch was an exercise in complexity. IWC’s legendary design engineer Kurt Klaus was the first to innovate a way of building a perpetual calendar mechanism into the watch using a Valjoux 7750 as the base. Klaus’s design made the perpetual calendar more affordable, which in turn meant that more people could enjoy it.
The watch is water resistant up to 60 meters and comes with a brown leather strap. IWC is only offering the Petit Prince collection’s Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition in a limited run of only 250 pieces. Pricing for the watch starts at $38,300. With this watch on your wrist, you’ll be ready for any aviator mission, or for a bed-time reading of Le Petit Prince.