A Closer Look at the IWC Big Pilot Single Piece Watch

There is a time when homes relied on wall clocks for time, and most people wore watches. Technology has changed all that with the arrival of mobile phones since they also display time making the need for wearing watches unnecessary. Wall clocks have consequently become more of a home décor than a timepiece and manufacturers have continually improved on the designs. Watches, on the other hand, have not been left behind; although only a few people continue to have them, manufacturers have also turned them into fashion accessories with each brand competing with the other to have famous people be their ambassador; after all, who better to make a fashion statement than an adored celebrity. IWC consequently chose Bradley Cooper in 2018 to be the brand’s ambassador, and they got a chance to showcase the IWC Big Pilot Single Piece Watch in the recently held Oscars. So, let’s see what the fuss is all about by taking a closer look at this watch.

Watch details

The IWC watches have been manufactured ever since pilots needed something dependable for celestial navigation in the cockpit. The single piece watch has a blue dial, a diameter of 46.2mm and a central second’s hand. Its water resistance is up to 6 bar or approximately 60 meters while the power reserve lasts for 168 hours which translates to 7 days. The case is 18-carat 5N gold and screwed down at the back while the closure is an 18-carat 5N gold IWC folding clasp. Its caliber movement is set at .51111 against magnetic fields that in turn make it automatic. At “3 o’clock”, the timepiece displays the remaining time until the movement comes to a halt while at “6 o’clock” it displays the date.

At the back of the case, it has a special engraving; a quote from “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “It is only with the heart that the eyes can see rightly.” This wrist watch comes with a presentation case, IWC guarantee, booklets and a personal note from Bradley Cooper to the new owner with the warranty being for 24 months from the purchase date.

Making the watch known

During the 91st Academy Awards ceremony that was held on 24th February 2019 in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Bradley Cooper wore the Big Pilot Single Piece watch. He was nominated for Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture in the film “A Star is born.” The movie won the Best Original Song at the Oscars, for the song “Shallow” and Bradley performed it during the ceremony. Bradley wore the wristwatch for a few hours meaning the watch is still new bearing no signs of wear on the dial or the case.

Selling the watch

The watch will be sold at the condition the buyer will find it in, at the time of sale, and although the online condition report is provided, it is only to assist with assessing the lot’s condition and guiding you. The report does not, therefore, amount to a full description of the watch’s condition. As a result, even if the water –resistant watches have been opened to examine movements, there is no guarantee that the wristwatch is currently water –resistant.

Watch proceeds plans

The watch will be sold by an online auction which opened on 22 February and will close on 4 March 2019. Although the estimated bids were $20,000 to $ 30,000, the current bid stands at $60,000. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to Antoine de Saint-Exupery Youth Foundation which will, in turn, use the money to fund the association Arrimage in France. The next workshop organized by Arrimage for visually-impaired adolescents and children will be in March 2019 in Bangkok and Hong Kong so by buying the timepiece, you will be supporting this particular cause.

Dr. Claude Garandes, a blind teacher, artist, and publisher established the association whose main project involves teaching visually-impaired children to read, through the sense of touch, drawings in 2-dimensional relief. For the first time, the association has used tactile artbook of embossed images of the “The Little Prince,” and the illustrations are accompanied by descriptions in Braille, in both English and French.

According to the CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, Christoph Grainger-Herr, supporting disabled adolescents and children is among the cornerstones of the firm’s CSR efforts, and he was excited that the Antoine de Saint-Exupery Youth Foundation and Bradley Cooper had given the company the opportunity to support the association.


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