IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the 70th birthday of the highly popular novella “The Little Prince” with the launch of two limited special editions- the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” and the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition “Le Petit Prince”. The Swiss watch manufacturer pays tribute to one of the best-selling books in literary history, written by legendary writer, pilot and adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, with the creation of these two timepieces. Since 2006, the Schaffhausen luxury watch manufacturer has maintained a cordial partnership with Saint-Exupéry’s heirs and their charitable organization; the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.
Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen says “With our long tradition of manufacturing Pilot’s Watches, we feel bound to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in many ways. We were inspired by a man who was also a passionate designer and who obtained his first aeronautical patent in 1936, the very year IWC unveiled its first Special Pilot’s Watch. We have enormous admiration for a pilot who was prepared to risk his life in the name of technological progress. And we are honouring Saint-Exupéry, the great writer and humanist, with whose works many of us grew up”
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” fuses elegance and mechanical craftsmanship. The new special edition has various technical highlights like the IWC-manufactured 51613 calibre with Pellaton automatic winding and 7-day power reserve. The midnight blue dial contrasts the characteristically bold cockpit design with the more understated displays of the perpetual calendar. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” is the first of IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watches to feature the classic moon phase display.
The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition “Le Petit Prince” closely follows the classic Pilot’s Watches from IWC Schaffhausen in both form and function. In terms of precision, reliability and authentic cockpit-style design, it embodies their fundamental values. The watch, which is water-resistant to 6 bars, is powered by an automatic 30110-calibre movement and has a 42-hour power reserve. The case back is decorated with an engraving that shows the little prince with his fluttering scarf standing on a tiny asteroid.
With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.