IWC Pilot’s Imitation Watches Mark XVIII & Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ Hands-On

There has been a lot to get excited about with IWC’s announcements at SIHH, but perhaps one of the more welcome new releases was the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII. Purists and IWC fans may argue this is the true spiritual successor to the Mark XII from 1993, with its booked proportions and pragmatic aesthetic. Both watches pay homage to the original Mark XI out of 1948 that was arguably one of the best army watches ever made. After spending a while together with the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII, we’re happy to report that lovers have a great deal to be excited about in the next year, especially those who’ve been holding out hope that IWC le petit prince mark xvii replica watch would one day create a return to a few of their more vintage styles. We also also got to observe the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition”Le Petit Prince,” another iteration of IWC’s popular homages to the children’s book Le Petit Prince.

Beyond the obvious omissions of this exotic alligator strap along with also the altimeter-style date window — both of that polarized lovers — there’s a lot to like about the new IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII. But first and foremost is likely how it feels more like a traditional pilot watch, in what seems to be the result of an exercise in pure restraint on IWC’s part.

Where you do, however, find a leather strap is about the limited edition IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII”Le Petit Prince” variant that has a gorgeous blue face and comes on a brown Santoni calfskin strap. I am not likely to get too much into the history of the”Le Petit Prince” watches (you can read more about the connection when we debuted the watches and again, with all the reddish gold Double Chronograph Edition here), however they are limited edition versions of IWC Le Petit Prince Replica Pilot’s Watches motivated by writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

 

When it comes to”traditional” Swiss watches, restraint comes in several shapes and types, but it is made most immediately apparent here with how well proportioned the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII’s 40mm-wide and 11mm-thick case feels on the wrist. IWC le petit prince prix replica watch designers only scaled the dimensions by one millimeter from the XVII, but it’s a second difference that even Goldilocks would concur feels”just right.” And since pilot watches traditionally wear a few hairs larger than their specs belie, because of higher dial property in the absence of a rotating bezel — a single millimeter or two could make or break the general wearability of the watch.

However, what’s likely to land the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII into the good graces of pilot watch fans, is that there’s an aesthetic simplification with a concentration on legibility and traditional styling. We have a subtly brushed stainless steel case, matte leather strap and a high-contrast dial which might easily pass for a German watch produced by Sinn or Damasko — and believe us, this pragmatic appearance is a good thing because it hearkens to the IWC le petit prince big pilot imitation watch many have a nostalgic love for.

Getting back to the point of legibility, it’s just another mark of a true pilot’s watch and IWC le petit prince annual calendar imitation watch has delivered in spades. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is a portrait of sharp, monochromatic contrasts, improved by a subtly domed sapphire crystal which has been finished with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. Keen-eyed pilot watch purists could also be pleased to remember that IWC le petit prince mark xvii fake watches has brought back the 6 and 9 on the dial — noticeably absent from every Pilot watch in the group since 2002. It’s a difference which may not even register first — or second — glance, but it is one that is significantly more in line with this lineage of all IWC’s famed flieger watches that once battled for air superiority during WWII.

Just don’t expect a light display, as only the hands, 12:00 triangle and indices are generously filled with luminous paint, though there is sufficient to make them pop on the dial. However, the minimalist approach to lume is not entirely out of tune with the rest of IWC’s pilot collection and shouldn’t compromise low-light legibility as the contrast of the palms against the dial is as crisp as ever. This is particularly true with all the exceptional matte white dial variant, a welcome addition to the Mark family.