Big, bold, tough and black. Story done. Sorry, if you don’t know your pilot’s watches from divers, this might be your first impression, but look closely and the tool expertise of Swiss made fake IWC quickly becomes apparent, from pure functionality to the sharp pop of red detail. A silky smooth case of ceramic and IWC’s own Ceratanium — yes, it does what it says on the tin, mixing Ceramic with the ’tanium in titanium, equating to strong, exceptional lightness. Big it is: a brash 45mm that feels more like 43, and legibility with a capital L. IWC does tactical horology like few others, showing in the details.
The case is ergonomic for the size, fitting most pilot’s wrists, bar the thinnest of thin, with shapely lugs blending cohesive design with comfort. From pushers and large crown to the buckle on the IWC fabric strap, all hardware has the inherent toughness of Ceratanium, while red rings make the weapons-like pushers pop. Further flashes of red are Top Gun series clues, like the fresh seconds hand at 6, and fighter jet counterweight to the chronograph seconds. The dial is nothing but pure studied flight instrument, with rounded Arabic numerals, pure white print, Super-LumiNova and those razor-edged swords making you feel like you’re both wearing and actually able to use this as an indispensable back-up tool in the cockpit.