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IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Le Petit Prince

A limited edition of 300 pieces, this timepiece features an 18-carat Armor Gold case, innovative tourbillon technology, and design elements honoring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's literary masterpiece. Share

IWC Schaffhausen introduces the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Le Petit Prince, a luxurious tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novel, limited to just 300 pieces. This exquisite 43-millimetre timepiece boasts an 18-carat Armor Gold case, setting a new standard in durability and wear resistance. Its deep blue dial, adorned with a sunray finish, perfectly captures the essence of the sky, a recurrent theme in Saint-Exupéry’s work.

The highlight is the captivating flying minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock, a marvel of engineering that counteracts gravity’s effects to enhance accuracy. This feature is part of the IWC-manufactured 82905 calibre, a testament to precision and innovation, featuring a Pellaton winding system and an impressive 80-hour power reserve.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Le Petit Prince

The novel “The Little Prince” has captivated readers worldwide, translated into over 250 languages. Its narrative of interstellar travel reflects Saint-Exupéry’s own love for aviation. Since 2013, IWC has been honouring this legacy through its Pilot’s Watches series, which combines the art of watchmaking with the enchantment of literature. This latest edition celebrates a decade of the “Le Petit Prince” series, showcasing IWC’s dedication to blending poetic charm with technical prowess.

The watch’s case and crown are crafted from 18-carat Armor Gold, an advanced alloy that surpasses traditional 5N gold in hardness and resilience. Its striking 43-millimetre case contrasts beautifully with the deep blue dial, which glows enigmatically in the dark thanks to gold-plated hands and Super-LumiNova® appliques. A brown calfskin strap, complemented by an 18-carat Armor Gold folding clasp, adds a final touch of elegance.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Le Petit Prince

The tourbillon mechanism, a French innovation named after the word “whirlwind,” is a visual and technical masterpiece. It involves the balance wheel rotating within a cage, reducing gravitational influence and enhancing timekeeping precision. This tourbillon is extraordinarily lightweight, composed of 56 parts and weighing only 0.663 grams. Enhanced with Diamond Shell® technology, it ensures reduced friction and optimal energy flow.

In a nod to the beloved novel, the watch’s rotor is crafted from solid 18-carat gold, taking the form of the Little Prince standing on his asteroid. This enchanting detail, visible through the sapphire glass case back, exemplifies the watch’s thematic dedication.

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Le Petit Prince

Available for immediate acquisition through IWC boutiques, authorized retail partners, or online at, the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Le Petit Prince also includes access to the My IWC care program, offering an extended 6-year warranty beyond the standard 2-year coverage.

Guide Price
CHF 75,000
Limited Edition of 300 pieces
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