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The wonder of watches: An ode to forest landscapes from IWC

IWC introduces the newest addition to its coloured ceramic portfolio at Watches and Wonders 2022.

One of the novelties introduced on the first day of the world’s biggest watch fair, Watches and Wonders, held in Geneva, was the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition ‘Woodland’.

Its dark-green hue is inspired by the flight suits and uniforms of TOP GUN pilots, as well as the vast forest landscapes whose airspaces these pilots use for training. ‘Woodland’ is the first model to feature this colour code.

Coloured ceramics are achieved through a sophisticated manufacturing process in which zirconium oxide is mixed with other metallic oxides. Because the colour changes during the sintering process, it takes countless trials and a lot of experience to determine the right blend of raw materials.

The monochromatic design is completed by a dark-green dial and black hands. The pushers, crown and case back, which features an engraving of the TOP GUN logo, are made of Ceratanium®. This matte black IWC material is as light and unbreakable as titanium and as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.

Inside the 44mm ceramic case, the IWC-manufactured 69380 calibre is at work. The chronograph movement in a classic column- wheel design also features a day and date display at 3 o’clock. A soft-iron inner case shields the movement from the effects of magnetic fields.

This TOP GUN chronograph is fitted on a green rubber strap with textile inlay, whose colour has been perfectly matched to the
‘Woodland’ case.


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