IWC goes back to blue for limited edition Le Petit pilot watch

IWC first started introducing watches with blue faces in 1967, and has created around 120 references and limited editions across six watch families using the colour in the 50 years since.

Arguably the hottest trend in watch design this year, blue watches are created in large part because of the link to the sky for pilot watches and the sea for divers and sailors.

IWC can’t claim to have created the fashion, but has certainly been one of its biggest fans.

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It is returning to the hue for its latest limited edition Le Petit pilot watch (Ref. IW502703), which hit shops this month with just 250 pieces available world-wide.

The watch, which has has a white gold case and blue dial.

Most unusually, it also has a blue movement: the IWC-manufactured 52850 calibre, which is visible through the sapphire-glass case back and gets its distinctive colour from a coating with various metallic oxides.

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