IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ‘Le Petit Prince’ Edition: Malaysia price and review

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A worthy addition to the stellar ‘Le Petit Prince’ lineup.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ‘Le Petit Prince’ Edition

The ‘Le Petit Prince’ series occupies a special place in IWC Pilot’s Watch repertoire. Named after pioneering aviator and novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most famous book, the Pilot’s Watch ‘Le Petit Prince’ timepieces serve both as reminder to the collection’s original inspiration, and sometimes as an altruistic platform in partnership with the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Foundation to help charities that benefit disadvantaged children.

The ‘Le Petit Prince’ watches are distinguished by their beautiful blue dials and this year’s Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ‘Le Petit Prince’ Edition, which is limited to 250 pieces, is no exception. This dual-complication is one of IWC’s top-rated technical models for 2019 and rather surprisingly marks the debut pairing of a perpetual calendar and chronograph in a ‘Le Petit Prince’ edition (that said, you can find the combination of complications in the Da Vinci collection, as well as the ‘digital’ display version on an earlier Pilot’s Spitfire model from 2016).

The in-house movement that powers the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ‘Le Petit Prince’ Edition is the automatic Calibre 89630 – the same engine driving the aforementioned Da Vinci model. Fans of IWC know that the perpetual calendar movement is one of the brand’s most famous innovations.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ‘Le Petit Prince’ Edition

Developed by Kurt Klaus in the 1980s, the complication is lauded as one of the most practical and easy-to-use perpetual calendar movements – it automatically computes the difference in number of days of the months and leap years, and needs no adjustment until the year 2100. In the event that the user needs to adjust the calendar displays, he can do everything simply via the crown. The extraordinary complication is joined by a flyback chronograph, which endows this classy offering with a dose of sportiness.

Given the watch’s gilded heft, the Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ‘Le Petit Prince’ Edition certainly makes its presence felt. Though technically a pilot’s watch-inspired model, this creation is unquestionably regal and refined, brimming with exquisite details such as contrast finishing on the dial and sub-dials, and open-worked rotor that offers a peek-a-boo view of the movement through a sapphire crystal caseback – all thoroughly complementing the watch’s mechanical sophistication.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph ‘Le Petit Prince’ Edition

Case

43mmm red gold

Dial

Dark blue with sunray finish

Movement

Automatic IWC Manufacture Calibre 89630

Strap

Brown calf leather

Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, perpetual calendar, flyback chronograph

Power Reserve

68 hours

Price

RM162,000

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