Flash News: IWC Pilot Chronograph Edition Ju-Air

By Thierry Ané on July 2, 2014

The Junkers Ju-52 was a German tri-motor transport aircraft, manufactured from 1932 to 1945, that saw both civilian and military service during the 1930s and 1940s. At the moment, there are only eight airworthy Junkers Ju-52 left worldwide. The largest fleet, comprising four aircrafts, is now used for sightseeing flights in Switzerland. Based in Dübendorf near Zurich, it is maintained and flown by Swiss airline JU-AIR.

Since it started designing and producing Pilot’s watches in 1936, IWC has always been involved in the world of aviation and the opportunity to support an airline flying such stunning pieces of aviation history was too good to pass on. For the past two decades, the Schaffhausen-based manufacture has thus cultivated a partnership with JU-AIR based on a mutual admiration of the Junkers Ju-52 airplanes and one of these mythical planes proudly displays the IWC logo. After 20 years, it was high time for the Swiss manufacture to celebrate this long-lasting collaboration with a dedicated limited edition and, this week, the brand finally unveiled the Pilot Chronograph Edition Ju-Air.

The tribute to the Junkers Ju-52 aircraft belongs to the “Spitfire” line. This 43 mm stainless steel pilot’s watch is equipped with the self-winding 89365 calibre offering 68 hours of power reserve. This mechanical movement entirely produced in-house beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. It features a date display, a stopwatch function, small hacking seconds, as well as a flyback chronograph. It is mounted on a black alligator strap and secured by a stainless steel folding buckle.

The dial of the watch is rhodium-plated in reference to the silver colour of the Junkers Ju-52 plane and presents a sunburst finish. The steel Arabic numeral appliqués are filled with white SuperLuminova just like the three central hands. The date is visible in a large aperture at 3 o’clock that looks like an altimeter. The small seconds is placed at the 6 o’clock position facing the 60-minute chronograph counter at noon. The stainless steel case back has been engraved with a Junkers Ju-52 and features the inscription “One out of 500” in reference to the number of pieces for this limited edition.

The Pilot Chronograph Edition Ju-Air follows the introduction of another “Spitfire” limited edition this year: the “Spitfire Chronograph Tribeca Film Festival 2014”, available in stainless steel or red gold. Although more classic-looking, this Pilot Chronograph Edition Ju-Air remains extremely appealing and showcases IWC’s expertise in producing iconic aviation-inspired models.

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