Inspired by the Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 TSC from the 1940s, it has a generously proportioned case diameter of 46.2 millimetres, as well as the same eye-catching design seen throughout the family, which imitates easy-to-read cockpit instruments. The new twist for this revised edition is the positioning of the iconic, conical-shaped crown, which is located on the left-hand side of the case. The “Right-hander” is much more practical to operate for those who wear their watch on the right wrist. Given that almost 40 percent of pilots are thought to be lefthanded, and therefore wear their watches on the right, it is perhaps a fitting development for this IWC line, which has such a rich history in the field of aviation.
Driven by an IWC-manufactured 52010 calibre, the “Right-hander” (Ref. IW501012) has a stainless-steel case with a soft-iron inner case, which protects the movement against the effects of magnetic fields. The automatic Pellaton winding is fitted with ceramic components and builds up a seven-day power reserve in the twin barrels. The strap is crafted in black calfskin leather. The slate-coloured dial features a power-reserve display situated at “9 o’clock”, a small seconds hand at “3 o’clock”, and a date display at “6 o’clock”. The luminescent indices and hands guarantee optimum legibility, even at night or in poor visibility conditions.