Apart from the launch of a new edition of the cheap fake IWC Big Pilot – and yes, we mean by that the real deal, with an oversized case, and dial with power reserve and date, not the streamlined and smaller BP43 – which is always something to praise, there are a few things with this new model to tickle the interest of hardcore fans of the model. And it mostly has to do with the use of titanium for the case. At first, you might argue that this isn’t truly important, since perfect replica IWC has long been using titanium (remember the 1980s AAA super clone IWC x PD watches with titanium case and bracelet). But titanium remains a rare feature for the classic, dare I say emblematic Big Pilot. There’ve only been a handful of editions of the BP made in titanium, including the Heritage reference IW501004 or the highly attractive Safari “Tribute to 5002” reference IW501007.
The use of titanium for the case is what makes this limited edition of the luxury fake IWC Big Pilot (IW501019) truly special. Retaining the classic dimensions of the model, meaning 46.2mm in diameter and 15.4mm in thickness (sizeable, but that’s part of the charm of the BP), the case is crafted from grade 5 titanium, finished with a matte blasted surface. The rest of the features are known, such as the use of a convex, anti-reflective sapphire crystal secured against displacement by drops in air pressure, a screw-in crown and a solid titanium back paired with a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields. What’s new, however, is the 100m water-resistance, while all cheap replica IWC Big Pilot watches were until now rated at 60m.
This Swiss copy IWC Big Pilot’s Watch IWC Racing Works also comes with a new dial. It combines a sunray-brushed blue base with muted markers, numerals and tracks in grey to match the titanium case. The display is classic BP, with central H-M-S, power reserve at 3 o’clock and date at 6 o’clock – with a tone-on-tone disc. The oversized hands also feature grey luminous inserts. The super clone watch is worn on a textured leather strap in blue, closed by a titanium folding clasp.
Inside the case, no surprise. We have here the calibre 52110, an in-house automatic movement with a double-barrel and 7-day power reserve. Wound by a bi-directional Pellaton system, Swiss made replica IWC features wear-free zirconium oxide ceramic parts, for the areas that are subject to high stresses.
The Titanium AAA super clone IWC Big Pilot’s Watch IWC Racing Works IW501019 is a limited edition of 500 pieces. It will first be available exclusively in flagship stores in Zurich, Dubai, and Shanghai. Later, it will be available in selected best copy IWC boutiques and online. It is priced at EUR 16,000, USD 15,300 or CHF 16,000.