As part of series interviewing the leading minds from luxury watch brands, we were delighted to sit down with the IWC CEO,
Leading with the launch of the exciting new Pilot collection for 2019, this episode explores the brand’s rich heritage in creating exquisite timepieces alongside recent innovations including the new IWC-manufactured calibres.
Mr. Grainger-Herr explains, “we have a long history in Pilot’s watches going back to all the way in 1936 and actually our owners in those days – the Homberger family – their sons were not only Olympic medal rowers, but they also won the Henley regatta, and one of them qualified as a pilot in Croydon.
He came back to Schaffhausen and said, “Dad, we need a special watch for pilots”, and that’s how it really started. It followed a long line of iconic pilot’s watches, such as the Mark XI for the Royal Air Force and later on the Chronographs, Double Chronographs of the 1990s and then of course, the Big Pilot in 2002.”
He went on to say, “…so back in the 1980s when we started that it was already very challenging to put the manufacturing technology into place to deal with titanium but of course titanium is so hard and so fracture resistant and so light that it was the obvious material to go for.
Then from the mid-1990s we started to make watch cases in ceramic, which are beautifully scratch resistant and all-black, and we wanted to really combine the two material characteristics that have been so consistent through our history, titanium and ceramic, and have the best of both worlds.”
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