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.