If IWC's latest release is anything significant, it may be an indication of a big change on the world of wrist-watches. For the latest 5 years, and about as far back as the mid 1990's, we have seen a gradual increase in the size of wrist-watches, from an average size of around 36mm up to 60 and even 70mm giants on peoples wrists. This trend became so big it has even affected the staunch traditionalists over at Rolex, who released a new 42mm version of the Datejust, which ranged between 34mm and 38mm for almost 60 years.
Now IWC have launched the "Automatic 36". A 36mm version of their Pilot's watch, equipped with and IWC caliber 35111 (Sellita base) movement running 28,800 vph with a 42-hour power reserve, the watch is fully antimagnetic and water resistant to six bar.
Costing £2,800 in stainless steel, this elegant and restrained luxury timepiece will, we hope, represent a new chapter in wrist-watches, which have been becoming unacceptably large in recent years.