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IWC Pilot’s Chronograph: The video

by amitdevhanda

Hey watch fans,

Do you like Pilot’s watches? Look no further than here. Please click the play button below and check out the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph, which in my opinion is the best valued Pilot’s Chronograph in the market.

Cheers

Amit Dev Handa

 

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IWC launches their newest boutique on a cruise ship

by amitdevhanda

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Typically, when I think of a cruise ship, I don’t think about being able to purchase a fine timepiece like IWC on it . It’s official, IWC has launched their latest boutique on the Mariner of the Seas cruise ship. This is a first for IWC and quite a pioneering and bold on their part. According to IWC CEO George Kern, “We are pleased to announce the first IWC boutique to launch on a cruise ship and we look forward to welcoming guests from around the globe to experience this exciting milestone along with IWC.”

This new boutique will house all six families that IWC has in it’s collection and will combine all  the elements of dark and white wood, glass, leather and polished stainless steel, to reinforce their brand Identity, with their core values of technical ingenuity and engineering.

I would like to sincerely congratulate IWC for this amazing new venture.  Having a boutique on sea will open many opportunities for the brand to expand their market and tell their incredible story. This ship has already set sail in Asia, servicing cruises out of Singapore and Shanghai, China.

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James Franco wears IWC in the June 2013 issue of GQ

by amitdevhanda

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IWC Mark XVII

I was thumbing through the pages of the latest issue of GQ the other day and I stopped when I  noticed actor James Franco  was wearing an IWC watch. I immediately called IWC’s PR agency in NYC to find out which watch it was, but they didn’t know because they hadn’t seen the latest June 2013, GQ Magazine issue yet. They were extremely helpful and within half an hour emailed me back with a picture of the exact watch he was wearing, which is the Mark XVII.  What this tells me is that this was an organic editorial placement. Kudos to GQ and their stylist department who really know their watches.

I love how more and more IWC watches are being used in style guides and It amazes me actually and just shows how much the brand has evolved and how they are being positioned today. 10 years ago, you would never see this happen because they were more exclusive and always flew completely under the radar. IWC is a brand that has always worked under the guise of less is more. What makes this more interesting is that even with all the critical acclaim and exposure into the mainstream fashion and icon world , they are still able to hold onto their brand identity.

James Franco is an actors actor that seems to be down to earth, have passion for his craft and is a good representation of successful actors in Hollywood who can wear this watch and do it justice without making it look like its been styled for a photo shoot.

The Mark XVII is a classic case of form meets function and has been influenced by the classic pilots watch the Mark 11 that IWC made from the 1940’s. The Mark XVII is the perfect size of 41 mm and is available in stainless steel on a black crocodile strap. The date window on the dial of this new watch was adapted to look more like a cockpit instrument in an airplane, where the Arabic numerals are arranged vertically. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters and has an automatic self winding 30110 movement and has a 42 hour power reserve. My favorite part of this whole equation, is that you are being able to buy into the IWC brand, get into one of their most iconic utilitarian timepieces all for under five grand.

Technical Specs for the IWC MARK XVII

  • Mechanical movement
  • Self-winding
  • 42-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Central hacking seconds
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 11 mm
  • Diameter 41 mm
  • Retail $4,900

Watch Concierge Video

by amitdevhanda

Hey watch fanatics. This is Amit Dev Handa, your personal Luxury Timepiece Concierge.  Have you ever wanted to buy a watch and not sure how to go about it? Well, the time has come when you need to get your very own personal Luxury Timepiece Concierge. What is a Luxury Timepiece Concierge? You will just have to play the video to find out.

IWC Platimum “Tribeca Film Festival” watch video 2013

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The IWC Portuguese in Platinum ” Tribeca Film Festival” watch shatters estimates at Antiquorum Auction in NYC

by amitdevhanda

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IWC Portuguese Platinum “Tribeca Film Festival” watch

On April 10th, 2013 the IWC Platinum Portuguese unique 1/1 “Tribeca Film Festival” watch was auctioned of in NYC by Antiquorum auctioneer’s.  This watch was estimated to fetch between $20,000-$30,000 at auction, but I am thrilled to report that this watch sold for a whopping $60,000!

IWC have done something completely remarkable by auctioning off this watch and giving 100% of the proceeds to the Tribeca Film Fund. Their belief and supports for the arts, especially in Film and the future of young film makers is such an amazing gesture of hope and gratitude. I truly commend IWC for their humanity and incredible watch making and I will continue to passionately wear their products and write about their journey.

Bradley Cooper wears IWC at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

by amitdevhanda

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side profile of the IWC Big Pilot’s watch

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IWC stainless steel Big Pilot’s watch ref# IW500901
pic courtesy of http://www.iwc.com

As I was watching the 2013 MTV Movie Awards last night, I spotted actor Bradley Cooper wearing a stainless steel IWC Big Pilot’s Watch.  I would like to congratulate Bradley Cooper who was the recipient of 2 MTV Movie Awards. He was dressed casually but was still wearing some sort of expensive flight jacket as he is holding the mic with one hand and his golden popcorn award with the other, you could see a glimpse of the side profile of one the most iconic watches out there today in my opinion, The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch in stainless steel.

This is great for IWC once again, having their icon on one of the hottest actors in the world. Today, celebrities don’t necessarily want glamor and opulence on their wrists, but quality and timelessness. I know Bradley Cooper has great taste in watches and he has further confirmed this by wearing one of my favorite timepieces of all time. Even though the IWC Big Pilot is anything but subtle in size, its a true classic and a real mans watch with real mechanical guts and heart.

Technical Specs for the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch ref#500901

  • Mechanical movement
  • Pellaton automatic winding
  • 7-day power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Power reserve display
  • Central hacking seconds
  • Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms
  • Breguet spring
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 16 mm
  • Diameter 46 mm
  • *IWC Schaffhausen is not the owner of the Glucydur® trademark.

IWC will be making 100 piece limited editon Portuguese automatic “Tribeca Film Festival” in stainless steel

by amitdevhanda

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Portuguese Automatic Edition “TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2013”, Ref. IW500126 pic courtesy of http://www.iwc.com

If you remember, I wrote an Article last month about how IWC will be supporting the Tribeca Festival which you can check out here. In the article, I mentioned they were doing a very special one out of one limited Platinum Portuguese Automatic edition “Tribeca Film Festival” This watch will be auctioned off by Antiquorum Auctioneers in NYC April 10th 2013.

In conjunction, IWC have decided to produce a very limited 100 piece stainless steel edition of the same watch.  Like the platinum edition, the entire proceeds of the sale of this watch will got to support the Tribeca Film Institute. This unique limited edition will be available at IWC boutiques for the US market exclusively.

This limited edition watch in stainless steel will have all the same functions and properties as the unique 1/1 platinum edition and will look relatively similar except this watch will have stainless steel Arabic numerals instead of red gold Arabic numerals.

This nuance of changing the Arabic numerals to stainless steel differentiates the two timepieces completely as well as gives it a completely different aesthetic ensuring its own identity. This stainless steel “Tribeca Film Festival” limited edition IWC Portuguese will retail for $13,600 and  is already available for pre-order and will be released next month exclusively at IWC boutiques only.

Technical specs for the IWC Portuguese Automatic Edition “Tribeca Film Festival”

Features

  • Mechanical movement with automatic Pellaton winding system and 7-day power reserve
  • Date display
  • Small hacking seconds at 9 o’clock
  • Breguet spring
  • Rotor with 18-carat gold medallion bearing the logo of the Tribeca Film Festival
  • Limited edition of 100 watches with the engraving “One out of 100”
  • Available exclusively from official IWC retailers in the USA

Watch

  • Materials: stainless-steel case with slate-colored dial, claret-colored small seconds and power reserve subdials, black alligator leather strap with stainless-steel folding clasp
  • Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Back: see-through sapphire-glass back
  • Water-resistant: 3 bar
  • Diameter: 42.3 mm
  • Case height: 14 mm

Movement

  • Calibre: 51011
  • Frequency: 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
  • Jewels: 42
  • Power reserve: 7 days (168 h)
  • Winding: automatic

Jason Bateman wears IWC in the April 2013 issue of GQ

by amitdevhanda

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IWC Portuguese Chronograph Red Gold Ref# IW371482 retail $16,400 photo courtesy of http://www.iwc.com

In the latest April 2013 issue of GQ  with Jason Bateman on the Cover, he is wearing IWC on one of the pages of the style shoot.  The watch he is wearing is non other than the IWC Portuguese Chronograph in Red Gold with an Ardoise dial, ref #IW371482.

This is the perfect match for IWC, because Jason Bateman epitomizes IWC sophistication. He is an understated guy with refined taste, and doesn’t seem flashy at all and that’s what IWC is in my opinion, understated elegance with history. In the photo shoot he is wearing designer casual wear jumping in the air, and unless you are a watch head like me, you would never know that Jason Bateman is wearing a watch valued at $16,400 in Red Gold. Instead you see a subtle and casual glimpse of it.

A lot of times when you see a magazine shoot like this, the watch doesn’t match the personality at all. In this case, it couldn’t be a more appropriate fit. I would like to congratulate IWC and GQ for making the perfect choice in choosing Jason Bateman to wear the IWC Portuguese Chronograph in Red Gold with Ardoise dial in The April 2013 issue of GQ Magazine. This was done in a very classy way that will translate well to the public.

Technical Specs of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph Red Gold ref#IW371482

  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • Self-winding
  • 44-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Water-resistant 3 bar
  • Case height 12.3 mm
  • Diameter 40.9 mm

The Best Watch Company Website In The World for 2013 is IWC

by amitdevhanda

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As we are in a digital age and most of the luxury watch brands have a strong presence online, for some reason it seems like most of them are very hard to navigate around and not user-friendly at all. You almost feel like you need a degree to know about the brand before you go to their website. I am happy to give my award for Best watch company website in the world for 2013 to IWC.

Like their incredible watches, this website is very clean and intuitive yet unassuming and provides the reader with in-depth information without being patronizing . The IWC website is one of the most useful watch websites I have ever been on.  They provide an extremely detailed and accurate representation of the current collection with pictures, technical specs and yes pricing. In my opinion there is nothing more annoying than calling a boutique or shop for a price, especially when the person on the other end of the line doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about.  IWC definitely stands out from the rest and if you want to get lost in the world of IWC and learn about their history, get the latest news, events, become a member or get connected to their concierge service you can do all of it here

I would sincerely like to congratulate IWC for winning the award for Best Watch Website for 2013 and providing amazing service, quality and information!