IWC Joins The Smart Watch Race With IWC Connect (Plus A Teaser For The New Big Pilot?) Replica Clearance
One of the greatest things Iwc Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Review Replica did on this current generation Pilot’s Watch Chronograph would be to eventually remove the often criticized “open” date window which together with the day of the week index formed a strange small sideways “T” on the dial. With this component gone, the timelessness of the overall appearance is vastly updated. The dial includes all matte finishes (which can be a good idea) with slightly recessed sub-dials. It provides just a hint of depth without going overboard. Another “textbook” design practice that IWC does nicely is put in in a hint of reddish color which comes in the kind of the hand. An extremely minor touch however done so quite well in my opinion.Over the dial is a somewhat domed sapphire crystal with AR-coating on the bottom. IWC could have gone with an entirely flat crystal which would have eliminated glare, but it would have given the watch too serious of an appearance. Despite the glare (that is hard to prevent in photography) that the way in which the watch plays with the light in person is as welcome as it’s subtle. All of these are very minor touches that required a lot of design refinement, even if they seem small and relatively trivial. Though they aren’t because all fantastic watch design often points down to hardly any details and small choices.Inside that the watch is what IWC calls the grade 79320 movement, which is a foundation Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 (or perhaps equivalent Sellita SW500 clone) automatic chronograph. This is a frequent motion that doesn’t exactly scream exclusivity, but it’s reliable and effective. There is a good reason why you locate the 7750 in numerous watches out there, and you shouldn’t ever shy away from one (especially at those prices). It operates at 4Hz (28,800 bph) and has a power reserve of 44 hours.
The Swiss watch industry continues to pile into smart watches, with the latest being IWC Connect. It’s not a smart watch, rather a small device embedded into the watch strap, giving a mechanical watch the functionality of a smart watch, just like the smart watch band from Montblanc, a sister company of IWC in the Richemont group. Familial rivalry perhaps?
Pictured above on a Big Pilot’s watch but available on other models since it’s essentially a strap attachment, IWC Connect will offer an activity tracker as well as wireless connectivity to other devices. But in the grand tradition of high-tech watches from low tech firms, IWC announced this before details are available, proving that for publicity it’s better to be first than better, so that’s it for now.
Addendum 6 May 2015: IWC also releases a brief teaser video for IWC Connect that shows the Big Pilot it’s attached to more clearly (at 0:21 of the video). And it is a Big Pilot that is not part of the current collection, most notably because of the “9” on the dial, something the current line of pilot’s watches lack. Might this be the new Big Pilot that will be unveiled at SIHH 2016?