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The IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium: A Combo of Innovation and Style

November 09, 2023 5 min read

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 pairs a White FKM watch band by Strapcode

Have you ever wondered about the great minds to have developed some of the luxurious timepieces in the market today? Well, I have; and I can’t but conclude that these minds are just real geniuses!

One of them is IWC, the renowned Swiss watchmaker, who has a long history of producing timepieces that are not only luxurious but also technically superior. The Timezoner, first presented by IWC in 2016 as the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph with reference number IW395001, was the first world timer in the world where the user can set a new time zone using just the bezel. No other watch manufacturer has ever succeeded in making a world-time watch that is so simple and practical with the hour hand, 24-hour display, and the date moving automatically. Do you see what I mean by a genius mind?

The IWC Timezoner IW395001 was introduced in 2016

The IWC Timezoner IW395001, introduced in 2016, is a striking pilot's chronograph from Swiss watchmaker IWC that displays multiple time zones with luxe design and impressive technical abilities.

The newest and most remarkable addition to IWC Pilot’s Watch series is the IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505, known for its innovative world-time functionality. This timepiece builds upon the success of its predecessors, such as the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition ‘The Longest Flight’ released in 2019 without the chronograph function. Meanwhile, earlier this year, IWC presented the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner ‘Le Petit Prince’ edition, and now right before the end of the year, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner returns in a ‘TOP GUN’ edition cloaked in a full black Ceratanium case. Just look at that! Are you excited? I sure am!

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 pairs leather from Strapcode

The perforated brown leather of this Italian handcrafted racing-inspired watch band brings a dash of vintage flair to the high-tech IWC Pilot Timezoner and accentuating the aviation design cues.

As a devoted fan of IWC Schaffhausen, it's impossible for me not to be captivated by the IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505. This timepiece is more than just a watch; it's a testament to IWC's commitment to excellence, combining remarkable features that set it apart from the rest.

Now, let's talk about all the particular awesome features of this watch that makes it outstanding in innovation and style, and what makes it so demanding. Shall we?

 

Features of the IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 pairs green nylon watch strap from Strapcode

The tactile Military Green nylon of this woven watch strap lends an authentic tool watch look to the jet-inspired IWC Pilot Timezoner. Its durable woven surface and quick-release pins form a functional yet fashionable pairing to complement the precision timepiece's aviation heritage.

—  The Exceptional Case Material

One of the first things that catch the eye is the stunning case crafted from a unique material called Ceratanium. IWC's proprietary Ceratanium is an innovative fusion of ceramic and titanium, creating a material that is incredibly durable. This unique blend of materials boasts of the lightweight characteristics of titanium, making the watch comfortable to wear for extended periods, while also having the scratch-resistant and robust qualities of ceramic. With the all-black appearance and the simple military-inspired case that exudes a sense of stealth and elegance, this timepiece makes for a perfect daily wear.

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 pairs Navy Blue nubuck leather watch strap from Strapcode

The refined Navy Blue nubuck leather watch strap with red stitching lends an Navy complement to the IWC Pilot Timezoner. Its quick-release pins form a tactical yet tailored look befitting the timepiece's aviation lineage. The pops of red against cool navy enliven the strap in a functional and stylish pairing.

—  The Special Movement

Powering this exceptional timepiece is the IWC Caliber 82760, a high-quality automatic movement with an impressive power reserve of 60 hour at a 28,800 bph beat rate. What sets this movement apart is its ability to provide a world-time function that is both intuitive and precise. As a user, I can easily adjust the time zone by rotating the external bezel, with the hour hand, 24-hour display, and date window automatically adjusting accordingly. This precision and reliability is what we have come to expect from IWC; it’s a feat of engineering that simplifies world-time tracking like never before.

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 pairs nylon watch strap from Strapcode

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN paired with a striking seatbelt-material inspired nylon watch strap. The durable strap references aviation with its black, grey and khaki stripes on nylon. A lightweight and breathable match for the IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505.

—  The Innovative Timezoner Function

The Timezoner function is another feature that sets this watch apart from the crowd. It's a world timer that can be adjusted with ease, all thanks to the ingenious rotating bezel. With a simple twist of the bezel, you can effortlessly change the time zone without disturbing the precision of your watch. Simply turn the bezel to select your desired time zone, and the hour hand, 24-hour display, and date adjust accordingly. No other watch manufacturer has managed to make a world-time watch this straightforward and practical, making it a valuable tool for travelers.

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN matched with an artisanally crafted Italian crafted leather watch strap. The hand-brushed forest green calfskin strap brings luxurious texture and rugged elegance to the IW395505.


—  Detailed Description of Ceratanium

Ceratanium is not just any material; it's a game-changer. This unique blend of ceramic and titanium offers the best of both worlds. Ceramic provides the scratch-resistant and robust nature, while titanium contributes to its lightweight and corrosion-resistant properties. The result is a material that not only looks incredible but is tough enough to withstand the rigors of everyday life. Whether you're in the cockpit of a fighter jet or at a formal event, the Ceratanium case holds up beautifully.

 

The IWC Schaffhausen Collection

IWC's dedication to craftsmanship and storytelling is evident in its Schaffhausen Collection. The Pilot's Watch series, to which the TOP GUN Ceratanium belongs, is a tribute to the brand's rich aviation heritage. It pays homage to legendary aircraft and pioneers of aviation, ensuring that each watch tells a unique story. This collection appeals to a wide range of enthusiasts, from aviation history buffs to those who simply appreciate a finely crafted timepiece.

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 pairs Red FKM rubber watch band from Strapcode

The practical yet good-looking Ocellus Red and Grey Quick Release Rubber Straps are a nice match, providing a lightweight and stylish option to perfectly complement the prestigious timepiece IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505.

 

Versatility and Aesthetics

One of the often-overlooked aspects of the IW395505 is its incredible versatility. It pairs effortlessly with various watch bands, making it easy to customize to your personal style. Its black Ceratanium case serves as the perfect canvas for any strap, from classic leather to rugged nylon watch bands. And let's not forget its photogenic nature – this watch is a joy to photograph, making it a favorite among watch enthusiasts.

IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 pairs sustainable Revive watch band from Strapcode

A sustainable Revive watch band in mixed blues and greens pairs with the IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN. Made from recycled materials, the vintage-style strap is a stylish and eco-friendly match for the brushed Ceratanium flyer's timepiece.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the IWC Pilot Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium IW395505 is not just a watch; it's a masterpiece of engineering, innovation, and style. Its unique combination of materials, world-time functionality, and aesthetic appeal make it a highly sought-after timepiece for those who appreciate the finest in watchmaking. Whether you're a frequent traveler, an aviation enthusiast, or a lover of horological craftsmanship, the IW395505 is a true gem in the IWC collection.

 

Written by Victor, images by Toni and others as noted.

 

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