IWC switches the crown of its Big Pilot to the left


IWC has produced a Big Pilot watch with its oversized onion crown on the left, making it easier to use for left-handed people.

The watchmaker says that 40% of pilots in the world are left-handed so a right-sided crown makes it easier to adjust the watch when it is worn on the right wrist.

“I’m delighted that we’ve revisited one of the most recognizable icons in the IWC portfolio for this special edition. We are always striving to push the boundaries of engineering and design, and this new watch really exemplifies this drive. It has all the signature elements you’d expect, but with a crucial difference,” says IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr.


Strangely, the watch is named the Big Pilot Watch Edition Right Hander because its crown is on the right of the dial and it is designed to be worn on the right wrist.

Other than that, the 250 piece limited edition is the Right-Hander is a standard Big Pilot housing an IWC-made 52010 automatic movement in a 46.2mm steel case worn on a black leather strap.

Its slate-colored dial has a power-reserve display at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 3 o’clock, and a date at 6 o’clock.

IWC says that Australia and France retailers have been given three months exclusivity on the watch, so partners in the United States should not expect to see it until November.

However, the American IWC website does have it on sale today for $14,200.

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