Much like technology, the field of combat accelerated the development of the humble wristwatch in so many ways during the 20th century. When beleaguered WWI trench fighters migrated the gentleman’s pocket watch to the wrist by crudely soldering strap attachments to their cases for convenience, it was a revolution.
Since then, no-nonsense monochrome aesthetics and Boy’s Own tales of derring-do have made the military-specification timekeeper catnip to male collectors. This is a mystique that specialist magazine Revolution and sister style title The Rake keenly tap into with their latest limited-edition watch, produced in collaboration with Swiss player IWC Schaffhausen and bespoke London shoemaker George Cleverley.
Limited to just 150 pieces, the last six of which MR PORTER has available, the Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36mm Special Edition for The Rake and Revolution is a tribute the iconic IWC RAF-issue Mark XI of 1948. It’s a purist pilot’s watch that continues to evolve within the IWC catalogue, now up to Mark XVIII with newfangled mechanics and contemporary 40mm dimensions. This new reinterpretation is sure to have collectors reaching for their wallets.