IWC launches a world watch that, according to the brand

New for 2016, IWC launches a world watch that, according to the brand, is the first watch that allows the wearer to set a second time zone with time and date with a single move. The IWC Pilot's Watch Timezoner Chronograph is a new model that joins the ranks of a line of refreshed watches from IWC at SIHH 2016, designed to evoke old World War II period Pilot's Watches (such as the IWC Big Pilot's Heritage Watch 48 & 48 55 limited edition watches).

After IWC purchased the Vogard patent on their TimeZoner watch (reviewed here) in late 2014, we are now seeing their world watch with the IZC Pilot's Watch Timezoner Chronograph (Ref. IW395001). A rotating bezel allows the wearer to easily change time zones, and we believe the feature is much more successful with IWC's marketing machine. It's also important to note that this watch also borrows the ImerC Aquatimer SafeDrive rotating bezel (IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Hands-On here). This means that there is an almost internal bezel which is controlled by moving the outer bezel. Functionally, this results in the inner bezel rotating in the opposite direction of the outer bezel. What this results in is the ability to show a new time zone and time of day with one turn of the bezel.

The watch isn't as small as some of this year's other Pilot's Watches at 45mm wide and 16.5mm high on the wrist. Available in stainless steel, the watch is water resistant to 60 meters. Aesthetically, I love the black and white dial with a red splash on the second time zone hand. The readability looks great and it seems that the wearer can take advantage of the watch's functions with relative ease. Another feature of this watch is the ability to read the hours and minutes recorded by the chronograph on the totalizer at 12 o'clock, with stopping times of up to 60 seconds indicated by the central chronograph hand. A flyback function allows the wearer to reset the chronograph to zero and immediately begin a new timing sequence. An interesting little feature that IWC has patented is a small "S" on the rotating bezel that indicates whether a city recognizes daylight saving time (daylight saving time). This has to do with the annoying fact of cities skipping forward or going back a few hours, which would certainly be a problem for someone wearing a world watch.

Taking a look at the back of the case, there is a simple stainless steel caseback depicting a Junkers Ju 52 aircraft. In the 1930s this was the most common civilian aircraft, so it's easy to see why IWC chose it for his TimeZoner.

The IZC Timezoner chronograph features the new automatic caliber 89760 movement, which runs at 4 Hz and has a 68-hour power reserve. In keeping with most of the new IWC Pilot's Watch collection, the Timezoner will come on a calfskin strap. It features the worn-looking Santoni patina and soft orange leather lining. The price is $ 11,900.