IWC Schaffhausen’s TOP GUN Miramar Chronograph

IWC Schaffhausen’s latest timepiece, the TOP GUN Miramar Chronograph features a military-style design characterized by metallic tones and classic military colors. The unconventional design of the watch, meant to mimic IWC’s Pilot’s Watches and reference the 30s and 40s era of design, features a division into an external chapter ring and an inner hour circle, a flyback function and a layer of protection against magnetic fields.

In a review of the watch for Hodinkee, musician / watch collector John Mayer wrote, “This watch might be considered the youngest-aiming piece in the history of their line. It’s got sort of an Abercrombie appeal, but with a much more tasteful aesthetic. Oh, and a completely in-house manufactured flyback movement; on the outside it’s a Jeep, but with the engine of a Maserati. It’s this juxtaposition that supplies both the watches greatest strengths and a couple of slight disappointments.” He goes on to name the pros: “In-house, flyback chronograph movement, great color scheme, ceramic case and a modern take on the classic IWC Pilot’s Watch lineage. The cons, Mayer says, include: “Pricey for a very casual watch, the overall design is just a little off, gaping hole in the dial at 9 o’clock and the ‘Top Gun’ branding being just a little cheesy.”

Despite the back-and-forth review, the TOP GUN timepiece sells for $12,700 and has since become one of the IWC’s biggest sellers.

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