How I ended up wearing several IWC watches today.
And no, I didn't win the lottery...
As some of you may know, I live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. A great city I love with all my heart. This being the mainport of Europe, the Nieuwe Maas river that flows through the city is like an artery that brings life. It's never boring, even just to sit and watch the ships roll in, as Otis Redding would say. As a resident of this city, I frequently visit a lot of places that have different views over the river. Today, I wanted to test out my new camera, and what better place to do so than at the sunny banks of the river in my beloved Rotterdam?
As I walked around, something caught my eye. I'm used to seeing containers, but not this particular kind, and not at this location!
The ever-present contrast between the old and the new in Rotterdam never ceases to pleasure my eyes. But wait, what's that in the foreground?
Yes, Swiss watchmaker IWC has taken up temporary residency in Rotterdam! A quick inquiry told me that they're doing a promotional tour for their new line of Big Pilot watches. They had to observe a maximum number of visitors within their facility due to covid 19-related safety measures, but they would be happy to show me everything if I could muster a bit of patience, and would I enjoy a cup of coffee while I waited? (Spoiler alert: I did enjoy it. It really was very good coffee.)
IWC on tour, my interest peaked!
As many of you may know, the Big Pilot absolutely lives up to its name at 46mm diameter. Now however, they're introducing a 43mm variant, which does not sound like much of a difference, but it truly is- and you don't realize it until you see them side-by-side. There are several versions of the Big Pilot; starting with a relatively simple time-only model, via one with a power reserve meter and a chronograph all the way up to a perpetual calendar. Would I like to try one on? Well duh, of course I would!
Then, I figured that this would be an excellent opportunity to test my macro lens! And boy was I right...
These pictures, while not bad, don't do the watches justice. The sunburst effect on some of them is among the best I've ever seen. And I saved a treat for dessert...
This is the IWC Pilot's Watch Timezoner Edition “Le Petit Prince”. You push the bezel down to select another city (each city on the bezel represents a different time zone), and the 24 hour indicator below the twelve o'clock position changes along with it, showing you instantly what time it is in the time zone of your choice. The bezel action feels really precise and tactile, something that is by the way also true for the chronographs. Everything about the watches oozes quality.
If you should be lucky enough to be able to visit the promo tour I would highly recommend it. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and they just love to talk about their products. You don't necessarily need to leave your credit card at home either, as this tour is promotional only and no sales take place. I found it difficult to retrieve exact info about the next stops on this tour, but some of the countries they are still to visit may include Germany and Dubai, according to someone from the security detail.
In closing, I would like to thank IWC for allowing me the opportunity to experience their watches up close and personal, and taking the time to explain them to me in great detail. It was an absolute pleasure.