IWC’s flight plan for 2021 includes bringing its perfect fake IWC Big Pilot back down to Earth— at least in terms of size. Ever since the model was revived in 2002 with the Grosse Fliegeruhr Ref. 5002, it has continued to live up to its name with an oversize 46 mm case and a massive (often uncomfortably so) crown. For many, it was more of a showpiece than an everyday timekeeper. Now the brand has streamlined its horological fuselage to a more wearable 43 by 13.6 mm.
But IWC went a step further, recalibrating the 43 mm copy IWC Big Pilot by unloading some of its cargo. The power reserve and date window have been dropped in favor of a cleaner, three-hand time-only display.
The new IWC replica with steel case comes in a black or blue dial, on a leather strap for $8,400 or a bracelet for $9,350. And since the soft-iron inner case found in previous Big Pilot models has been removed, the 82100 automatic-winding movement, with 60 hours of power reserve, is now visible through a display caseback.
Equipped with a patented shock absorber system called the SPRIN-g PROTECT, the result of eight years of development, the luxury fake watch is designed to withstand accelerations in excess of 30,000 g, a claim proven through a series of impact tests at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. (A cantilever spring made of Bulk Metallic Glass cushions the movement, which can move independently of the case and, therefore, come to a gentler stop.)
“If a pilot accidentally hits his watch against a hard surface in the cockpit, for example, accelerations are in the range of 300 to 1000 g,” Dr. Lorenz Brunner, IWC’s department manager of research and innovation, explained in a statement. “Our shock absorber system protects the movement so efficiently that it has survived accelerations in excess of 30,000 g in impact tests.”
Part of perfect replica IWC’s refreshed pilot’s watch collection, the timepiece is the first product to emerge from the watchmaker’s new IWC Experimental engineering division, where the brand researches cutting-edge materials and other applications designed to make its timepieces more robust—such as the use of Bulk Metallic Glass, a type of solid non-crystalline material with greater elasticity than conventional metals.
The in-house caliber 32115 that powers the automatic IWC copy watch (to the tune of 120 hours of power reserve) is fashioned from a lightweight and highly rigid high-tech aluminum alloy, while the 44 mm case is made of Ceratanium, a proprietary titanium alloy that is lightweight, durable and scratch-resistant.
Production of the 1:1 copy IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Shock Absorber XPL will be limited to 10 pieces a year, all of which will be available — for $83,600 — exclusively through IWC boutiques or the brand’s concierge service.
In one of the articles that we have written earlier this month, we covered some of the novelties that IWC replica had launched during Watches and Wonders 2021. As per the brand’s usual tradition, they tend to focus on a particular collection whenever they decide to revamp a collection during a major watch exhibition. This year, the collection belongs to the Pilot’s series.
Review: 41 MM Fake IWC Pilot’s Chronograph
For collectors who have been in the watch collecting scene long enough, the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph copy with blue dial is definitely a watch that many are familiar with. First introduced in 1994 under the Reference 3706, the Pilot’s Chronograph has seen numerous updates and iterations over its lifespan.
Indeed, the evolution of the Pilot’s Chronograph had been tremendous. The last 27 years have seen the watch taking on new materials, movements, as well as complications (think the Doppelchronograph). One thing, however, remains. That is the classic layout of the watch. It is almost instantly recognisable with that 3 sub-dials at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock position, as well as the day and date apertures at the 3 o’clock placement.
So, what does the new 2021 edition bring to the table?
The Case, Dial, and Hands
The most obvious difference (so far) between this watch and its predecessor, as its name suggests, is its size. The perfect fake IWC Pilot’s Chronograph is now cased at 41mm, a mere 2mm smaller than the Reference 3777. While it does not sound a lot on paper, the difference can be felt when the watch is worn on the wrist. The 41mm timepiece fitted more snugly, and the dial is seemingly more compact.
For the more keen-eyed, the negative space between the sub-dial and the indices at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock are lesser as well. We think that while it is subtle, it does make the watch appear more well-designed.
There is also a switch between the sub-dials. For the newer iteration, the running seconds sub-dial is now at the 6 o’clock position. This means that the hour counter of the chronograph has been moved to the 9 o’clock position. We are rather indifferent with this change.
Moving on, we have the dials. The 1:1 IWC copy watch is available in two different colours: blue and green (as seen in the first picture). The dials have a sun-burst finish, which creates a rather beautiful visual effect when it is exposed to light sources. The fact that it is in blue and green enhances this aspect even further, especially with its vibrant colours.
Lastly, we have the hands. The watch is paired with sword hands, in which they are plated in rhodium and are filled with luminescent material to enable the owner to tell time in the dark. Amongst the hands that are filled with white luminescent material, there is one that is done conspicuously in red. That lies the running seconds hand, which IWC perhaps tries to distinguish so that users will not be confused with the two other sub-dials present on the watch.
The rhodium plating treatment, which is now included for the central chronograph hands as well, gives the watch a more refined and elegant feel to it. While it is subtle, it certainly enhances how one feels about this watch.
IWC replica was the first watch company to use ceramics for some movement parts in their in-house movements (or at least, besides ceramic ball bearings which are used by many.) Why? Ceramic is not only scratch resistant, but it hardly wears down and is much more durable than many of the (softer) metals that are used for many parts in a watch movement.
This is the IWC way of thinking, and it’s been in the brand’s DNA to approach watchmaking in a practical and useful way. Besides the use of ceramics, think of a perpetual calendar module that works atop a Valjoux 7750 or the first ‘affordable’ double split / doppelchronograph / rattrapante that was created from, again, the Valjoux 7750.
But back to ceramics… Already back in 1986, IWC presented the world’s first ceramic wrist watch with a perpetual calendar, the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 3755.) and they did stop there. In recent years IWC created the über-cool all-black Ceratanium Doppelchronograph. This Ceratanium Doppelchrono was introduced in the same year that they introduced the first IWC named ‘Mojave Desert’ and that was a Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. This year IWC introduces two new ‘Mojave Desert’ editions, namely the Big Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert” and the luxury fake IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert”. Long names, indeed…. But also very good looking Big Pilot watches!
According to the brand, they took inspiration from the Mojave Desert, home to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. But no matter how you look at it, it’s a pretty peculiar sight to see such big and bold watches in a beige sand-colour. And getting the colours to match, not just the ceramic case, but also the textile strap and a grey/brown dial, was quite a challenge.
Inside the AAA quality IWC Big Pilot Perpetual copy watch, and thus also in this Mojave Desert edition, ticks IWC’s in-house calibre 52615, which is part of the 52000 calibre family. Movements of this ‘family’ can be found in all Big Pilot watches, but also in the Portugieser Automatic, the Portugieser Perpetual and the Portugieser Annual Calendar.
A sturdy automatic, self-winding movement that offers 168 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It’s regulating organ ticks at a steady pace of 4 Hz (or 28,800 vibrations per hour). While finishing is not the main focus here, it looks pretty neat and features Còtes de Genève and perlage, among other finishing techniques. Mind you, this is a rather complex movement comprising no less than 386 individual parts!
As could be seen in the photos of the movement (above) the automatic Pellaton winding system is reinforced with virtually wear-free ceramic components; these are the black movement parts.
Now to me the main thing here is the colour of the ceramic case. IWC replica offers several perpetual calendar models in Big Pilot’s Watches, so this isn’t unique and with a host of ‘normal’ Big Pilot’s Watches the size isn’t either. But brining this big bad boy in such a casual looking colour is pretty daring I’d say. While it could like sort of ‘plastic’, it actually makes the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar into a sort of casual chic.
This might be the strangest comparison, but Lange’s Datograph Perpetual in white gold with its understated grey dial also had a sort of casualness over it. It’s a very complex timepiece, yet it wants to be worn with jeans or, gosh, let’s go crazy, with your jogging pants. It wouldn’t look out of place. Perfectly fit for your next zoom-call.
The high-end copy IWC perpetual calendar indicates the date and in the same sub dial is the indication for the 7-day power reserve. At 6 o’clock is the indication for the month and just to the left of that is a four-digit year indication. Days of the week and the running seconds share the sub dial at 9 o’clock. And at twelve o’clock is a double moon phase indication, serving both the northern and the southern hemisphere.
The perpetual calendar mechanisms was developed already back in the 1980s by Kurt Klaus, IWC’s former head of watchmaking, who is still very well known among IWC aficionados for his legendary work. In a period when mechanical watchmaking went through a revival or actually more a renaissance, Klaus and his team this perpetual calendar mechanism. Perpetual calendars at that time were only available from Patek, AP, Vacheron and the likes and were only available for stellar prices. Klaus’ perpetual calendar broke that exclusiveness of the perpetual calendar making it available for a larger clientele who also dreamt of owning a perpetual calendar.
Production of the best fake IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar TOP GUN Edition “Mojave Desert” will be limited to just 150 pieces per year. But IWC, please think of a shorter name!
Called Timbertex, the material of the strap is composed of 80 per cent natural plant fibres sourced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified trees grown in sustainably and responsibly managed European forests. The strap is manufactured in Italy using traditional paper-making technique and coloured with plant-based dyes. It is padded with recycled microfibre and held together by recycled thread. The result is a strap that is actually soft and supple, not to mention luxurious in appearance. More importantly, it is also durable and has been tested to ensure its resistance in water.
This is an extension of not only best quality fake IWC’s long-standing tradition in innovation but also its commitment to reducing social and environmental impact of its products.
“Throughout our 153-year history, IWC replica has led the way in product design, material invention and manufacturing methods. Naturally, we wanted to apply this same pioneering spirit to finding further high quality alternatives for our clients who don’t wear animal leather,” says Franziska Gsell, IWC’s CMO & sustainability committee chair.
Originally introduced as IWC’s first quartz timepiece in 1969 – as part of the legendary communal Beta 21 – the collection is dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci; legend has it that the renaissance artist and universal genius had a special passion for timekeeping. Well, so does IWC. And with its unmistakable character, the Da Vinci is definitely a modern classic.
The collection, which includes some highly complicated timepieces, features a purist dial with applied Arabic numerals, lancet-style hands, a discreet date at 6 o’clock, and the perfectly round and smooth case shape. The Da Vinci Automatic’s case includes lugs that add flavor to the style and provide excellent comfort on the wrist.
IWC offers the Da Vinci with either a Santoni alligator leather strap, which makes it a textbook dress watch, or a five-link polished bracelet for a sportier look. Both pair beautifully with the slate-gray dial that is my favorite hue in this collection. The color is very discreet and enhanced by a sunray finish.
The dial features a color-coordinated date with white numbers against a gray background. The movement powering the Da Vinci Automatic is Caliber 35111, which is based on the workhorse Sellita SW300-1.
As a long-distance runner, Jed appreciates the lightness of the Ceratanium replica IWC Mark XVIII Edition. While he uses a Suunto to track his runs, he wears this perfect replica IWC watch as well and says it gives him a boost of energy when he glances at it. He looks forward to completing a marathon with it on his wrist.
It seems incredible, but in its first decades of existence, the cheap fake IWC Portugieser was not appreciated at its fair value. But after its relaunch, in the early 1990s, it gained more and more fans and proved to be one of those landmarks made to last. The collection with this name has integrated more and more functions and complications, without losing its identity, on the contrary, and 2020 has offered us a true royal Portugieser. There are watches that accompany you throughout your life and that you leave a legacy to the next generation; Portugieser is one of them, Christian Knoop, the creative director of IWC Schaffhausen, proudly tells me. Looking at the models released over time under this name, you can’t contradict it.
How would you describe the personality of the Portugieser collection?
The new Portugieser collection is a contemporary reinterpretation of one of our most important landmarks. The collection belongs to the IWC tradition of more than 80 years, being one of the most representative for us. When you are faced with the challenge of updating such a reference collection, you must respectfully respect its history, while also trying to bring something new. Our goal is to create a bridge between the past and the future, to surprise our customers with new things, ensuring, at the same time, that they will recognize the collection as what it is: Swiss movement fake IWC Portugieser. We have achieved this by launching new models such as Portugieser Automatic 40, Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42 or the third generation Portugieser Yacht Club, ensuring a common overall look, faithful to the nautical heritage of this family of watches. Combining the pure and perennial aesthetics of the original model with details and chromatic codes inspired by the modern world of yachting, the new collection has an extremely coherent and contemporary air.
Over the last few decades, we have seen many extremely refined IWC Portugieser models: a Minute Repeater in the 1990s, then the Perpetual Calendar model in 2003, Sidérale Scafusia in 2011, the Annual Calendar in 2015 and, two years ago, the clock. birthday Portuguese Constant-Force Tourbillon. Which of these was the most challenging project?
Since the launch of blue dial copy IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater, the collection has integrated almost all major watch complications and has helped to push the boundaries in this area. Portugieser Grande Complication, one of the most sophisticated models, consists of 659 pieces and puts together the minute repetition, the perpetual calendar and the chronograph. But probably the most complicated watch ever built in Schaffhausen is the Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia. The dial, keeping the classic style of the collection, includes a tourbillon with constant force, the display of the 96-hour power reserve and the astral time which, among other things, is required to find the position of a certain star every night. The reverse is a really fabulous astronomical module, developed based on many calculations to accurately represent the wishes of the owner. Considering a predetermined place, the rotating nocturnal astral disk depicts more than 500 stars and constellations with incredible detail and accuracy. Making this watch was extremely complicated, requiring more than ten years.
Because we talked about the models from the ’90s and after 2000, I would like to know what you think about the use of yellow gold in making carcasses. Will this classic color return to the Portugieser collection?
When choosing the material for the case, we always try to find the version that best reflects the personality of the model. At the same time, the material must integrate into the entire collection and reflect the entire IWC universe and brand values. 5N gold not only has a perennial beauty, but at the same time pleads for a more discreet style, which reflects very well the values of our brand. Many of our customers are looking for an unostentatious interpretation of luxury, and 5N gold is the one that suits them.
Considering the reactions among my friends, the black leather strap copy IWC Portugieser Chronograph versions with a blue, green and deep red dial seem to be very popular with both men and women. How do you explain the growing interest of ladies in larger, more robust, more masculine watches?
It is important to note that the IWC has been making women’s watches since about 1870. The caliber of a women’s pocket watch was used to create the first wristwatch produced in Schaffhausen. Women’s watches have played and continue to play a key role in our portfolio. Portofino models have always been appreciated by both men and women thanks to their variety of sizes and style. It is interesting that Portugieser Chronograph, which we launched in 1998, has always attracted the attention of women, despite the appreciable diameter casing, of 41.5 mm. Taste is a personal matter. While some ladies prefer small and elegant watches, such as our new Portofino Automatic 34, others will be attracted to the IWC Portugieser Automatic 40 or the steel case copy IWC Portugieser Chronograph.
Carrying on the long-standing partnership between Bucherer and fake IWC Schaffhausen, this is the fourth creation for Bucherer Blue, after the highly successful Bucherer Blue Portugieser models.
The best quality replica IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Big Date Bucherer Blue marks a double-first: it is both the first Big Pilot’s Watch for Bucherer Blue and the first partnership edition of the infamous Pilot’s Watch to feature a big date. Limited to 100 pieces this special timepiece is available exclusively at Bucherer. The colour blue has a special symbolism for this particular black dial copy IWC Pilot’s Watch, representing freedom of the skies and the longing for distant destinations and endless horizons.
The design of the IWC Schaffhausen Big Pilot’s Watch has achieved cult status, and its 46.2mm size alone is a sensation. The big date display beneath the triangular index at 12 o’clock has been perfectly integrated into the uncluttered cockpit-instrument character and features a double date ring. The modern 4Hz hand-wound movement of the IWC-manufactured 59235 calibre is a throwback to the diameter and size of IWC Schaffhausen’s pocket watch movements, renowned for their durability and accuracy. The movement of IWC replica with stainless steel case features a power reserve of eight days, which is shown on the back of this model.
Earlier this year, in April, the IWC Portugieser 2020 Collection was announced at Watches & Wonders. The Portugieser was created in 1939 due to a demand for a marine-deck chronometer experience that could be translated into a wristwatch. Legibility and accuracy are the two pillars that hold up the Portugieser line, and IWC has changed very little to the winning formula over the years. As IWC puts it, this year was the evolution of a classic. In order to maintain the Portugieser aesthetic we have all come to know and love, the majority of the evolution throughout the lineup is actually internal – with new in-house calibers raising the bar more than ever.
Fake IWC Portugieser Automatic 40
The Automatic 40 is the most compact watch within the collection, and also the most faithful to the original Portugieser profile found in the original reference 325 from 1939. Water resistant to 30 metres, the cases are 40.4mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.3mm – providing a sporting yet elegant profile on the wrist. The dial has the same traditional layout with large Arabic numerals surrounding the dial, and sub-seconds complication found at the 6 position.
The dial crystal is made with a convex sapphire glass with antireflective coating on both sides for increased legibility. The exhibition caseback, also sapphire glass, provides a window into the beating heart of the watch – the in-house manufacture caliber 82200. The 82200 is an automatic movement that ticks away at a modern 28,800 vph with 60 hours of power reserve. The movement is made of 224 components, 31 jewels, and is decorated with nicely executed Côtes de Genève and perlage throughout.
With accuracy in mind, thanks to the hacking seconds of the sub-seconds, the wearer can sync the time to a reference clock with ease. The Automatic 40 is available in four configurations – three in steel and one in 5N gold. Two of the three stainless steel models have silver-plated dials (one with gold hours/minutes hands and markers while the other has blue hours/minutes hands and markers) and the third within the group has a blue dial with silver toned hours/minutes hands and markers. The 5N gold model comes only in a silver-plated dial configuration with gold hours/minutes hands and markers.
Fake IWC Portugieser Chronograph
The Chronographs within the Portugieser Collection are fabricated in 41mm cases that are 13mm thick, surprisingly adding only 1mm to diameter and thickness than its Automatic 40 sibling. The chronograph features the signature two-register layout with the elapsed minutes at 12 and running seconds at 12.
It also maintains the highly legible Arabic numerals surrounding the dials, which can be found in a diverse set of silver, blue, black, green and burgundy in steel and silver, grey, and boutique blue in gold. The watch is powered by the in-house manufacture caliber 69355, which features a column wheel, resulting in a more accurate and smooth chronograph experience.
Fake IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42
Kurt Klaus revolutionised the Perpetual Calendar complication, creating a more usable module for the wearer in which all of the complications can be adjusted at once, ensuring the information stays in sync with adjustment – and we now have this tech packed inside a new case size with the Perpetual Calendar 42.
The 30m water resistant case is 42.4mm in diameter with a thickness of 13.8mm. The dial displays the date at 3, month and moon phase at 6, and weekday at 9 on three separate registers. It also features an indication for the leap year. Powering the Perpetual Calendar 42 line of watches is the IWC in-house manufacture 82650, which has a total of 60 hours of power reserve. The Perpetual Calendar 42 comes with a silver-plated dial in both stainless steel and 5N gold, and a blue boutique edition in 5N gold as well.
Fake IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
IWC has added a new model to the existing Perpetual Calendar lineup, with a brand new boutique edition in 18k Armor Gold® case (water resistant to 30 metres) with a blue dial.
At 44.2mm in diameter and 14.9mm in thickness, the watch is larger than its 42mm sibling – but with a notable trade-off.
The IWC in-house manufacture caliber 52610 extends the power reserve to twice as much as the Perpetual Calendar 42, with 168 hours of power reserve.
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