IWC releases the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Edition Le Petit Prince
Plus, other watch news for this month.
Boy meets world
The Timezoner mechanic is IWC’s ingenious solution to the hassle of changing time zones in a dual-time watch. Rather than mess with the crown or fiddle with pushers, you only need to depress the bezel and move the desired time zone to 12 o’clock, and the hands and date automatically correct themselves without interfering with the movement’s timekeeping. This first appeared in 2016’s Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph and 2019’s Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition “The Longest Flight”. It now makes another appearance with the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Edition Le Petit Prince. Those familiar with The Little Prince versions will know to expect a blue dial and a rendering of 03 01 02 the prince that can be found on the winding rotor. Modelled after “The Longest Flight”, this reference also has a blue ceramic city ring. Limited to 1,500 pieces.
Wellness on the go
Not everyone’s on board with the idea of a luxury wearable, but Montblanc’s new entry level-priced Summit Lite might be a reasonable jumping-off point. At $1,265, it’s still pricier than a standard smartwatch, but you get a well-built 43mm case – made from recycled aluminium – complete with pushers and a crown, and new proprietary apps made especially for this model. These include trackers for sleep, body energy and stress levels, and a Cardio Coach for personalised workout recommendations, so it’s clear that the Summit Lite is targeted at the wellness-conscious. Its Gorilla Glass display (compared to the Summit 2 and Summit 2+’s steel case and a sapphire crystal) and lack of LTE (a Summit 2+ feature) also contribute to its relative affordability.
Twice as nice
Despite its name, there is nothing vague about the duality of De Bethune’s DB Kind of Two Tourbillon. Housed in a 42.8mm titanium case are two distinct watch faces that represent the brand’s respect for the past and its aspirations for the future. On the more contemporary side, you’ll find familiar design elements, such as the delta- shaped bridge and sword- shaped hands, and a 30-second tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Its other side shows De Bethune’s idea of old-world elegance, thanks to blued Breguet-style hands, guilloche and a simple time-only presentation. The calibre DB2579, which has a power reserve of five days, boasts two patented components – a titanium balance wheel with white gold inserts and a balance spring with a flat terminal curve – as well as a silicon escape wheel.