For 2012 IWC is again issuing a watch in tribute of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, a French author and avid aviator. This year is the sixth IWC Pilot’s watch to commemorate Saint-Exupery — the watch, Ref 387805, is cased in red gold and produced in a limited edition of 500 copies. The flyback chronograph has a beautiful tobacco-colored dial with sunburst pattern on it. I also like how the chronograph hours and minutes are nicely contained in concentric subdials at the top of the dial. The back of the watch is decorated with a special engraving representing the last plane of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the Lightning P-38. July 31, 1944. Also, it appears that IWC is individually numbering each piece — hopefully this is a broader decision by the brand to move away from the “One of XXX” format that we have seen recently on recent limited edition models from the brand (and as I have been highly critical of). Bottom line: a gorgeous watch!
IWC Pilot’s Watch Saint Exupery 2012 (Ref 387805)
43mm rose gold case (15mm thick), automatic mechanical IWC manufacture caliber 89361, tobacco-colored dial and calfskin strap