IWC Flieger Chronographe

Par Florian Matrion, le 1 septembre 2010
Flieger Chronographe
Flieger Chronographe
Diaporama
With this 16th generation of aviator's watches, IWC breaks some rectilinear aesthetical codes that have made the success of the Flieger's. Review of this new Flieger Chronograph.
Exclusive! review of the Flieger Chronographe. Manufacturer data, photos, editor's opinion and watch retail price on thewatchobserver.co.uk
L'avis de la rédaction
70.5/100
Note des internautes
77/100

Warning

This IWC has not been photographed with its original strap (which has a pin buckle). Here, it is a strap equipped with a deployment clasp, sold separately by IWC.

 

With this 16th generation of aviator's watches, IWC breaks some rectilinear aesthetical codes that have made the success of the Flieger's. From now on, it inspires itself from those resulting from the analogical instrumentation of the planes.

 

Overview

It is a beautiful 42 mm diameter and 14,7 mm thick engine, proposing quite outstanding dial openness, closed with a gorgeous rounded anti-reflection sapphire that must be close to a 38 mm diameter.
This glass wall offers a panoramically view on a black matt dial, contrasted, readable, sober and perfectly executed.
Every hour is marked in Arabic numerals, except for the 3-6-9 that are materialized by sticks and the 12 by a triangle.
Only those 4 markers are luminescent (green).

The time rate is indicated by 5 spear hands and a typical IWC chronograph trotteuse, namely, incomparably thin, long and elegant.
The calendar and the days of the week, in English, appear inside of a rectangular aperture, at three o'clock.

Everything is perfectly white, to the exception of the subsidiary seconds which, as an extreme fantasy, happens to be red!
Only the hours' and minutes' hands are readable in the darkness.

 

It is a beautiful 42 mm diameter and 14,7 mm thick engine, proposing quite outstanding dial openness, closed with a gorgeous rounded anti-reflection sapphire that must be close to a 38 mm diameter.

A Bauhaus design

The casing keeps a Bauhaus design, very geometrical and made of cylinders.
Around the wrist, it is not too big. Magic of proportions!
The case is made of steel and the brushed finishing is perfectly realized, including on the screwed back.

The lug width is entitled to a vertical brushing that makes the light iridescent.
Fragile, but astounding!

The cylindrical push buttons are quite prominent but strongly guided by steel-made tubes.
Their diameter allows manipulating the chronograph with accuracy and smoothness.

The screwed crown is relatively small for an aviator watch – who lives with gloves, like every one knows!
But for a barehanded aviator, it is ideal.

 

 

The strap

All these small attentions give a 6 ATM pressure resistance, which is 60 m.
It allows serenely foresee a crash in the sea – providing that you will be able to grieve the beautiful black large-scale crocodile strap that equips the watch.

A pin buckle at the origin closes it.

But I strongly advise to offer it the very expensive but very beautiful and practical deployment clasp.

 

Movement

The movement is a very classical ETA/Valjoux 7750 very largely revisited by IWC.
The list of the technical improvements is long.
But none of them is visible, except the very meticulous decoration, of course – only visible for adventurers who would open the case !
Each of them, on the other hand, contributes to give a very accurate, reliable and sturdy movement.
The movement is not certified by the COSC. But IWC insures doing its own tests, more demanding than the other ones.

 

Conclusion

This Flieger's 16th opus is, to my opinion, a very successful actualization of this incontrovertible model.
The 3 mm superior size to the previous one suits it and sticks to our era's standards.

 

The +:

  • a successful aesthetical bend
  • reliability, accuracy and harshness

 

The -:

  • the price of the folding strap

 

Further information :

  • journalist's wrist = 18 cm
  • brand website : IWC
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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 70.5/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 77/100

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Mouvement (/20)
Finitions (/20)
Fonctionnalité (/20)
Bonus (/10)
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