The IWC Big Pilot Replica Watches Online has earned its cult status, as the oversized 46mm pilot’s watch is, without a doubt, one of the most emblematic and striking watches of its kind.Its most striking feature, an aircraft turbine on the small seconds and over its barrel,As a gift for the fans, the turbine-equipped IWC Big Pilot is back in 2023, now in platinum and linked to a complex flying tourbillon architecture. And we have its creator, Mr Bühler himself, presenting his new interpretation (ref. IW329901) in front of our camera.
The Original IWC Big Pilot IW5003
The IWC Replica Swiss Movement itself,is essentially a Big Pilot with a 46.2mm case and a dial that is a classic BP.The front relies on a 12-blade turbine with a red dot to indicate the seconds. This element, for obvious weight-saving reasons, was cast in aluminium. The back also features its own turbine, which takes place as the prototype, over the barrel and reveals the mainspring.
This combination of unique features resulted in a watch with a significantly higher caseback to accommodate the modifications but a watch with an unusual artisanal approach. The movement, if classic Unitas, was finished pleasantly with circular stripes radiating from the centre of the back turbine combined with hand-bevelled bridges. The rest is standard Swiss Replica Big Pilot, with a case and dial identical to a first-generation IW5002, save for the applied markers and the removal of the power reserve indicator and date.
The New IWC Big Pilot 43 Tourbillon
Gone are the days of the artisanal, almost prototype-like Cheap IWC Replica powered by an outsourced movement: enter complications and luxury. Of course, it is still fitted with the turbine on the dial but not on the back. The initial model, as we’ve seen, was a bit gimmicky – and I’m saying this in the best possible way, as these turbines, which were mostly decorative, added a ton of charm to the watch. The new one is a mature, far more serious take on the concept.
As you’ve guessed from its name, it measures 43mm in diameter with a thickness of 14.6mm and a lug-to-lug measurement of about 52mm. In this regard, it’s just a bit thicker than a classic 3-hand version.The 2023 edition is made of platinum, and its case is entirely polished, while most BP IWC Replica Watches are mostly brushed. Other than that, the classic features of the collection have been respected, such as the oversized diamond-shaped crown, the pressure-resistant sapphire crystal or the see-through caseback. And the water-resistance has been maintained at a comfortable 100m.
The layout is traditional BP, with oversized Arabic numerals and a highly legible minute track. Just like its ancestor, this new edition has a glossy black dial and applied markers, which are now located every 5 minutes. Just like the hands, they are rhodium-plated and lumed. The main feature on the dial is, of course, the turbine at 6 o’clock, which still acts as a small seconds indicator, thanks to a red dot on one of the 12 blades.
First of all, under the turbine lies a tourbillon. Indeed, since Best IWC Replica Watches has moved from an outsourced Unitas to an automatic in-house movement, they’ve decided to up the game drastically. But fitting a 12-blade turbine on top of a tourbillon regulator comes with its own problems, the main one being weight – the higher its mass and inertia, the more energy it takes to keep the mechanism in motion (basic physics).
Still on the topic of weight, the turbine, which was cast in aluminium in the past, is now machined from a lightweight titanium alloy. Considering its complex geometry and small size, the milling process alone takes several hours, on top of which some more time is necessary to hand-polish each of the 12 blades Once completed, the Copy IWC Watches consists of 56 parts and weighs only 0.663 grams, despite its large turbine/cage on top.
The calibre 82905 is a development over the 82000 family of movement, which is, for example, found in the 3-hand IWC Big Pilot’s 43 Replica Watches Reviews. Wound by a Pellaton system with wear-free ceramic components, it runs at a 4Hz frequency and stores a comfortable power reserve of 80 hours – all the more impressive than the classic time-only version, which has a lightweight traditional regulator and only boasts 60 hours of power reserve. What makes it unique is its finish, with plates, bridges and the rotor blackened with a PVD coating, then laser-engraved and finally rhodium-plated in the engraved areas.