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Watch Review: Pilot's Watch IWC Top Gun Miramar

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IWC is one of those brands that pushes forward and takes risks in watch designs. Although creating unique watches can sometimes be hit or miss, IWC hit the mark when they developed the Top Gun Miramar Chronograph. Casually stylish, durable, and intricate, this is one timepiece perfect for completing your watch collection.

 

Materials

The titanium, ceramic finished case echos the military styles inspired by the 1930-1940s era. The beige hands, chapter ring, and green textile strap were also influenced by a military and Miramar pilot design (hence the name). And what we find most impressive is the inside of this timepiece: the 51111 calibre is made entirely in-house and is the largest movement developed by IWC. The soft iron inner case keeps the chronograph’s precision movement protected.

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Design

Although this watch isn’t exactly button-up friendly, it has a casual aesthetic that is necessary for completing a watch collection. First off, the color scheme is divinely matched: iridescent black, olive, cream chocolate brown and red all work together perfectly. Interestingly, the date window is widened by a day in either direction giving the appearance of an airplane altimeter (that’s where you can really see the WWII pilot influence.). In the dark, the dial reveals a wonderfully minimalist appearance. Everything is topped off with a Top Gun engraving embellishing the case back.

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Something else to note: this thing is kind of huge.

 

With a 46mm face, it’s hard to miss. Plus, a large face means an equally large strap to take up more room on the wrist. It may take some getting used to if you’re not used to wearing larger watches, but the style and IWC craft make it worth it.

 

Specs

  • Mechanical chronograph movement
  • Self-winding
  • IWC-manufactured 89365 calibre (89000-calibre family)
  • 68-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Date display
  • Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
  • Flyback function
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields
  • Screw-in crown
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Secured against displacement by drop in air pressure
  • Water-resistant 6 bar
  • Case height 16.5 mm
  • Diameter 46 mm


Like what you see? Contact us at info@timepieceperfection.com for more info about the IWC Top Gun Miramar, and take a look at more watches from IWC.

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Top 10 Favorite Watches in America

Ever wonder what America’s favorite watches are? Chronolytics published an overview of the top 50 most popular watch brands in the USA. Here we’ve listed the top 10 from their list to explain why they’re our favorites too:

 

1. Rolex

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Of course, is should come to no surprise that Rolex makes the top of the list. Since it was founded in 1905 by Alfred Davis and Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex has grown to be one of the largest single luxury watch brands, producing about 2,000 watches per day. Every timepiece crafted in their facility is created with the finest materials, advanced technology, and a classic artisan style.

2. Omega

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Known for a variety of styles that range from classic to more contemporary looks, Omega makes it easy to find a watch that suits anyone. Crafted with innovation and class, Omega is known for having famous wearers such as Prince William, Buzz Aldrin, John F. Kennedy, and James Bond in his films since 1995.

 

3. Breitling

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Breitling has long since been the leader of precision-made chronometers in the watchmaking world. Their intricately crafted instruments are created specifically towards aviation (Navitimer) and diving (SuperOcean).

 

4. Patek Philippe

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As one of the most prestigious watch brands in the world, Patek Philippe produces watches with extremely complicated movements and features. Because they are one of the few privately owned Swiss watch manufacturers, their creative freedom allows them to craft truly unique and stunning timepieces.

 

5. Cartier

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The jewelry and watches crafted by Cartier are often associated with those of Royalty. Every accessory they create has elegance, class, and prestige that will have everyone’s head turning.

 

6. Audemars Piguet

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Audemars Piguet is one of the most prominent Swiss watchmakers in the world, They are known for holding true to their roots: every luxury watch is crafted with old-fashioned handmade techniques. Still, they boast a bold, modern style in their latest collections.

7. Panerai

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The best things in life comes from Italy: food, wine, and luxury timepieces. Panerai has been making rustic, handmade watches since it was founded in Florence during the 1860s. Their casual yet adventurous style comes from Panerai’s history as a supplier to the Royal Italian Navy.

8. IWC

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To combine the modern engineering of the US with the artisan craftsmanship of the Swiss, Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company. Every watch they create meets their official motto “Probus Scafusia”, meaning “Good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.”

 

9. Jaeger-LeCoultre

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A watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre goes beyond a clean, sharp style. Known for having hundreds of inventions and thousands of calibres under its name, it boasts the world’s most complicated wristwatch and the world’s smallest calibre.

 

10. TAG Heuer

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Each timepiece by TAG Heuer is designed for a gentlemen with a sleek, sharp style. The extremely precise complications and features make TAG Heuer’s instruments some of the most desirable in the US.

Build Your Watch Collection: Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun by IWC

 

It’s a great new flavor of a Big Pilot…

and it is still handsome as hell.

-Ariel Adams, A Blog to Watch

 

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The Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun is the largest IWC timepiece with self-winding movement.

 

It’s bold, black, and versatile in style. And whether or not you’re a fan of pilot watches, this IWC timepiece would do great things for any watch collection. And why are we so impressed with it here at Timepiece Perfect? To explain, here’s our review of this superb timepiece:

 

Materials

The innovative use of zirconium oxide and titanium is what sets apart Schaffhausen IWC from other luxury watch manufacturers. As one of the first brands in the industry to use those materials together, they have since then mastered the art of designing a watch that is impressive in both performance and design. The Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun watch is a perfect example of their craftsmanship. Composed of a high-tech ceramic case and titanium crown, it’s obvious that it’s a true pilots watch. The strong, black nylon wears comfortably and durably.

 

 

Design

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 5.50.24 PMThis IWC watch is black, sleek, and high-end in design. The size and structure itself makes this watch masculine and almost soldier-esc, like it should be worn on a military man (or a pilot, obviously). Even if you aren’t a fan of large watch faces, it’s hard not to want to wear this stunning timepiece. The impressive, bold face in 48 mm wide, is contrasted by white numerals and hands that makes for easy legibility. It also features a date display aperture, which sits at the third hour on the Big Pilot. You’d think that the nylon strap would make this timepiece look extremely sporty, but the watch and strap as a whole definitely have a touch of class. It’s certainly something that can be worn for daily wear. And because of it’s colors, it still works well with black suits when you’re feeling fancy.

 

Features

All watches in the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Collection drive a variety of remarkable complications.

  • Calibre 5111
    • IWC Pellaton Winding
    • automatic rotor
    • 7 day Power Reserve (when fully wound)
    • Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment
    • Mechanical movement
  • Complications
    • high precision chronograph
    • date display aperture

 

Specs

  • Crown: Screw In
  • Breguet Spring
  • Power Reserve Display
  • soft-iron inner cage
  • Crown: titanium
  • Number of Jewel: 42
  • Strap: Black Nylon
  • Water resistance: 6 bar
  • Diameter: 48 mm
  • Case Height: 15 mm

 

 

Build your watch collection by finding your Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun timepiece by IWC here.

Ladies’ Watch Comparison: IWC, Tag Heuer, and Chanel

Every woman needs a luxury watch to tell the time — and to tell others what she’s made of.

To give your wardrobe an added touch of elegance, style, and class, check out these three watches to give you the look you want:

IWC Da Vinci Automatic

Since 1868, IWC Schaffhausen’s Swiss watchmakers have been creating unique and innovative timepieces that have earned them an international reputation. Moved by the desire to make beautiful yet precision engineered instruments, IWC created one of our favorite timepieces — the Da Vinci Automatic.

    • Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.46.38 PM The Da Vinci Automatic was designed specifically for a woman with a taste and appreciation for luxury timepieces. This watch is the perfect size –small enough to simply complement your outfit, with a display large enough for easy timekeeping. The diamond and gold case look radiant against the satin black strap and textured face.
  • Specs
    • large date
    • automatic movement
    • case size: 35 mm

 

Tag Heuer Aquaracer

For over 150 years, the watchmakers at Tag Heuer have been pushing the limits of performance and quality for their luxury timepieces. Though they have held true to their roots in Swiss watchmaking, they have continually strived to create new and innovative timepiece  that will “never crack under pressure,” such as the Ladies’ Aquaracer.

    • There isn’t a sports watch more stylish than the Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.47.44 PMLadies’ Aquaracer by Tag Heuer. The model featured here is decked out in 11 luminescent diamonds set in polished steel on the bezel and watch face. Plus, the white mother-of-pearl dial and fine-brushed steel bracelet beautifully accent this sports watch. On top of its stylish design, the Aquaracer has high-performance functionality that allows it to be worn in water and under pressure. That way, you can get a watch with the refined looks and functions you need to last a lifetime.
  • Specs
    • water-resistant to 300 meters
    • convenient date display
    • case size: 32 mm

 

Chanel Gem-Set Premier

Luxurious timepieces by Chanel are the epitome of the word class. Sleek design, delicate displays, state-of-the-art technology — their watches have it all. One of our favorites by Chanel is the Women’s Gem-Set Premier timepiece.

 

    • Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.47.21 PMThis Chanel Premier will more than satisfy your jewel crave with it’s 404 brilliant cut diamonds set in the white gold bracelet. And if that isn’t enough, the gorgeous yet minimal face display has 113 diamonds surrounded by another 54 diamonds set in the bezel. It’s beyond a luxury timepiece —  it’s an elegant and extravagant piece of jewelry that is worn on the wrists of high-class women.
  • Specs
    • case size: 19.5 mm
    • high precision quartz movement
    • minimal aesthetic face with silver toned hands

Need some help on choosing which luxury watch is best for you? Check out our tips on how pick the perfect timepiece, and let us help you find the most important accessory you’ll ever own.

IWC Portuguese Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar, Yacht Club, Tourbillon

iwc morningThe most handsome accessory for a man is a high quality watch made out of the finest materials. When you decide to make an investment in such a crucial part of your overall look, you want to make sure you’re buying the watch that will go perfectly with your style while still making a statement.

Whether you’re looking for a flashy, shiny style or a more rugged leathery look, IWC will be the right watch for you. Here are a few of the IWC collections offered:

iwc Portuguese ChronographPortuguese Chronograph – This style of watch is perfect for a classically masculine style. The wide, clean face and narrow rim make this watch stand out in its simple style and clean elegance. The leather band gives the watches in this collection a firmly masculine and traditional look. These impressive pieces of craftsmanship come in different styles within the collection, offering different colors of bands as well as black or white faces, for a more edgy or classic look.

iwc Portuguese Perpetual Calender Double MoonPerpetual Calendar – These classic watches offer cool mixed-metal designs with impressive options of all different hues. The watches from this collection will truly make a statement with their rich, wide-rimmed faces, thin and sleek minute and hour hands, and innovative use of mixed metals. These watches stand out as elegant and classy, and will help you stand out in a crowd as chic and distinguished.

iwc Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Yacht Club – These flashy gold and silver watches will instantly catch people’s attention. A watch from this collection is not your average watch. The substantial yet elegant design gives off a rich and distinctive look. This collection offers unique mixed-metal options or more classic silver or gold designs that will impress all who look upon them.

 

Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere Retrograde Tourbilon – These high-end watches are not only stylish with their crocodile leather bands and unique exposed interior faces, but they truly make a statement. One watch is styled after the Maserati MC12, with a stylish blue and white color scheme and speedometer-inspired design. This collection is filled with exceptionally made and truly unique high quality watches.

Whatever style works best for your look, Timepiece Perfection has the variety and quality you’ll need. Watches are much more than just something you put on your wrist – they are a symbol for your status as a successful and distinguished figure, they become family heirlooms, and they remind you how important your time in this world truly is. You will certainly not regret adding such a useful and timeless piece to your wardrobe.

IWC vs Panerai Watches Which Is Better?

watch handIf you enjoy elegant and sophisticated timepieces, then you’ve heard of IWC SchaffHausen and Panerai watches. Each manufacturer is renowned for quality, and both brands are a status symbol for those with the means to wear luxury watches. Each brand has its own take on the look and functionality of precision timepieces.

 

IWC Brand Overview

iwc aquatimerSince 1868, IWC has created fine Swiss watches that’ve won acclaim for their craftsmanship. The company turned watchmaking into an art form by incorporating classic mechanical designs with contemporary manufacturing processes. Watches are machined using computer controlled mills and are thoroughly examined via impact, climate and corrosion testing before they are sent to customers. Case, dial and hands are intricately crafted using the touch of watchmaking experts. IWC has also teamed-up with Formula One to create high-quality, race-themed watches.

Panerai Brand Overview

luminorPanerai is an Italian watchmaking company with a long track record of producing world-class wrist watches, pocket watches and pendulum clocks. The company began operating in 1860 in Florence, Italy, and early on supplied the Italian Navy with premium timepieces. From there, company’s reputation grew. Panerai has grown into a well-known brand among elite watch collectors and fans of luxury timepieces. Watches are designed to stand-up to the elements and have a sleek, sophisticated look about them that oozes old-world charm. The Panerai watch manufacturing process rivals IWC’s, but the style of the watches produced is completely different, which is evidenced by both brands’ timepiece collections.

IWC Family Collections

IWC watches tend to have a more modern look compared to Panerai watches. There is no better example than the Pilot’s Watches, which have a leather band and very striking metallic dials. These watches are definitely drawing inspiration from jet fighters. All of the different families of IWC watches are made for differing occasions. Some watches go well in outdoors situations while others are more appropriate for dinner parties.

Popular IWC watch families include:

Panerai Watch Collections

Even Panerai Contemporary Watches have a classic look and feel to them relative to IWC watches. They are not over-the-top, which gives them a reserved aesthetic. You can wear one of these watches and not be considered pretentious by passersby. Each Panerai watch has a similar looking casing, but different dials and hands. Panerai watches are distinctly Italian and are easily discernible from Swiss watches or other luxury timepieces from around the world.

Popular Panerai watch collections include:

IWC and Panerai watches are exceptionally well-crafted and well-known for their aesthetic appeal. It is up to you to decide which brand and collection is the right fit. Compare watches at TimePiece Perfection

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