IWC’s Big Pilot is more than a watch; it is a watchmaking icon. Since it made its debut, this imposing 46mm watch has become the epitome of pilot’s fake watches, channeling more than eight decades of heritage, if we consider its connection to IWC’s original 1940 B-Uhr. Throughout its evolution, the series has seen numerous variants, some of them true gems for collectors. However, one variant particularly stands out: the Big Pilot Markus Bühler 2008 (ref. IW5003). The brainchild of Markus Bühler during his final year of apprenticeship at IWC Schaffhausen, this IWC replica watch impressed with its distinctive aeronautical turbine, an element that captured the imagination of collectors.
In 2023, by popular demand, the Markus Bühler Big Pilot returns, now beautifully crafted in platinum and paired with an intricate flying tourbillon. And who better than its creator, Markus Bühler, to unveil this new interpretation (ref. IW329901) to the watchmaking community? His passion and dedication are clearly reflected in every detail of this majestic timepiece.
In response to the constraints of the competition rules, the best quality replica IWC Markus Bühler turbine movement used the 6497 Unitas caliber. This movement, is prized for both its solidity and versatility in watchmaking complications. In contrast, the revamped IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Markus Bühler of 2023 is distinguished by an in-house movement embellished with a refined flying tourbillon powering the turbine, unlike the 2008 model in which the turbine was animated by the second hand.
The new fake Markus Bühler Big Pilot marks a significant change from the previous model. The handcrafted, almost prototypical approach, powered by an external movement, gives way to sophisticated complications and luxury. Of course, it retains the characteristic turbine on the dial, but not on the back. The initial model, had a touch of originality-and I mean that in the most positive way, as these mainly decorative turbines gave the replica watch a unique appeal. The new design represents a more mature and thoughtful take on the concept.
The mechanical heart of the perfect replica watch, the turbine, is masterfully forged from titanium-a material known for its lightness. In a mechanism like the tourbillon, every milligram has a decisive impact on its performance. The tourbillon, for those unfamiliar, is a mechanical structure that encapsulates the essence of the watch’s escapement-including the balance, escape wheel and the thin plates that ensure their position-by meticulously rotating it on an axis every minute. While it is a matter of debate among enthusiasts as to its actual usefulness in a wristwatch, no one can deny the sophisticated beauty and craftsmanship that this horological complication flaunts with each of its movements.
With the Pellaton system optimized by wear-resistant ceramic components, the movement beats at a modern rate of 4 Hz and benefits from a generous 80-hour power reserve. This represents a considerable feat, especially compared to the basic version with its 60 hours. The real eye-catcher, however, is the movement’s finish: an elegant black PVD envelops the plates, bridges, and rotor, while meticulous laser-engraved details are further embellished with targeted rhodium plating.
Nel sofisticato mondo dell’orologeria, ogni grammo conta. La particolarità del nuovo replica IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Markus Bühler risiede nel suo uso innovativo della turbina in titanio, la principale responsabile del suo peso aggiunto. Tuttavia, Bühler e il suo squadra di esperti non si sono fermati qui. Hanno rielaborato la turbina affinché funga da componente superiore della gabbia del tourbillon, eliminando il bisogno di un regolatore tradizionale. Questa raffinata soluzione permette che la spirale venga fissata direttamente alla base di una delle pale della turbina, consentendo precisioni di regolazione senza precedenti.
The Big Pilot Markus Bühler 2023 replica watch is a significant departure from its predecessors. Based on the recent Big Pilot’s Watch 43 line, the watch adopts a more restrained and contemporary approach, with a diameter of 43 mm, a thickness of 14.6 mm, and a lug-to-lug length of about 52 mm. Despite being slightly thicker than a 3-hand model, it retains the essence of the design. What really sets it apart, however, is the choice of material: platinum.
With a polished finish in stark contrast to IWC’s tradition of opting for brushed finishes, this IWC replica represents a true evolution in the series. Distinctive details such as the oversized diamond crown, pressure-resistant sapphire crystal and a transparent case back remain true to the Big Pilot’s roots. In conclusion, despite its innovations, water resistance remains unchanged at 100 meters, confirming IWC’s dedication to functionality and durability.
The strap of the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch 43 Tourbillon Markus Bühler replica is a direct tribute to the innovative mind behind the project-Markus Bühler. This fine black Cordova leather band is sealed by a platinum folding clasp. However, the real distinctive touch is on the back: the famous turbine and Bühler’s signature are masterfully imprinted.