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IWC Watches to Gift This Christmas

There are so many reasons to buy an IWC watch for Christmas. Whilst many refer to the manufacturer as IWC – the company stands for “International Watch Company” and has been developing technically sophisticated wristwatches since 1868. Backed by the provenance of a manufacturer that prioritises precision and reliability above all else, IWC Schaffhausen watches are a great investment whether you’re gifting one to a loved one this year or spoiling yourself with a self-indulgent treat. We’ve compiled a top picks list of the best IWC watches to buy this Christmas 2021. It covers some new releases from the company, which has experienced yet another successful year, showcasing watches from the Portofino, Portugieser, Big Pilot’s Watch and the Pilot’s Watch Spitfire collection.


But why an IWC watch for Christmas you may ask? Well, one of the Maison’s trademark features is the complexity of its internal mechanisms. Innovators behind each refined timepiece believe that beauty is more than skin deep and therefore, the external quality of the watch must reflect the depth of its design from within. The company’s components and complications are all made in-house by highly-skilled artisans that each consider themselves a member of a very prestigious family. A family whereby which values of longevity, integrity and endurance are all considered of the highest priority and all equal to one another. Let’s begin our 2021 luxury watch guide to the best IWC Schaffhausen watches for Christmas.


IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar ref IW503605



Kicking things off is this perpetual calendar watch from the IWC Big Pilot’s watch collection. This is a timepiece that stands out for its large case size, so if the person you’re buying for this Christmas has a preference for big face watches or can carry off a 46.2mm case on his hefty wrist, this on-the-go calendar is the perfect luxury watch to gift this Christmas. Its case has been crafted from stainless steel and integrated with a water resistance of 60 meters, providing a stable, dry and consistent environment for one of IWC Schaffhausen’s in-house developed self-winding movements. The automatic Calibre 52615 comprises a total of 386 components and delivers a staggering 168-hour power reserve. Cotes de Geneve decoration is put on display through a crisp sapphire-backed case, whilst on the front side of the watch, a rich blue dial offers a moon phase indicator at 12H, a date and power reserve indicator at 3H, months of the year at 6H, year at 7H, and a small seconds counter combined with the days of the week at 9H. Make no mistake, this men’s IWC Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar watch is designed for those who like their watches to exude a highly technical look.




IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph ref IW388102



Chronograph watches on a stainless steel bracelet are a great option, particularly if the person you’re buying for tends to switch between business and leisure quite frequently. This IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch Chronograph features chronograph sub-counters placed at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock against an attractive blue dial. Measuring a manageable 41mm diameter, this steel chronograph watch for men is perfect for wearing underneath office attire. Its stainless steel bracelet secures firmly and comfortably with an IWC-engraved folding clasp but can be changed with a leather band thanks to the company’s easy strap-changing system. Easy-to-operate push-pieces at 2 and 4 o’clock are butter smooth under the fingertips, making chronograph operation incredibly effortless. Every IWC Schaffhausen watch is developed to stand the test of time. The sapphire crystal glass material used in this watch is secured against displacement by any sudden drop in air pressure and the case is equipped with 100-meter water resistance. The 231-piece Calibre 69385 is put on show through a sapphire crystal glass caseback, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and delivering a 46-hour power reserve. Meanwhile, chronograph 12-hour and 30-minute functions are presented at 9 and 12 o’clock, along with a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, a day-date window at 3 o’clock, and luminous hour markers and hands for superior readability. 




IWC Pilot’s Watch ref IW329301



If your loved one is a pilot’s watch lover, you won’t go wrong with this IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Watch for Christmas. Its classic black dial is adorned with Super-LumiNova-coated Arabic numeral hour markers and a set of visible, gently tapering hands. A traditional brown calfskin leather strap with white contrast stitching running down the edges gives the watch a distinctly vintage-inspired look and has been integrated with the company’s EasX-CHANGE system. This luxury pilot’s watch is powered by the self-winding 82100 Calibre, which comprises a total of 162 hand-assembled components, including 22 jewels. Traditional Swiss decoration is put on show behind a sapphire crystal glass exhibition caseback feature as it performs, providing an impressive 60-hour power reserve. This is the ultimate Christmas gift for those who already share a love for IWC’s expertly engineered wristwatches, as well as experienced pilot watch collectors.




 IWC Portugieser Chronograph watch ref IW371604



The guarantee with an IWC watch for Christmas is that people are bound to stand up and take note of its design, particularly those from the esteemed Portugieser watch collection – a family of wristwatches inspired by the hunter pocket watch and 1930s nautical instruments. This classic-looking chronograph watch from the IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser watch collection is crafted from stainless steel and features a silver-plated dial adorned with rose gold Arabic numeral hour markers and hands. A blued steel central chronograph seconds hand joins a 30-minute chronograph sub-counter hand and is set against a refined and elegantly proportioned dial. This IWC Portugieser watch promotes clarity and simplicity with its wearer-friendly design and traditional-looking black alligator leather strap. The in-house manufactured 69355 Calibre provides a 46-hour power reserve and displays its 212-piece arrangement (complete with Cotes de Geneve decoration) through a sapphire crystal glass bottom. The design of this IWC Portugieser watch has remained virtually unchanged ever since its inception, making this an ideal Christmas gift idea for those who like classic, understated watch designs.




IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire ref IW326803



Paying homage to a legendary fighter plane since 2003, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Spitfire collection has always been a favourite for historians as well as aviation enthusiasts. If your loved one has a soft spot for luxury pilot’s watches, this model adds a vintage twist with its old charm lume applied to the 12 o’clock hour marker and its central hour and minute hands. These features, along with an hour track represented in Arabic numerals, are set against a classic black dial, protected underneath a scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front. Perfectly combining form with function, this practical pilot’s watch comes complete inside a genuine IWC Schaffhausen presentation box for providing the ultimate gifting experience this Christmas 2021. The watch features a closed steel caseback, concealing the in-house self-winding Calibre 32110 behind its specially engraved Spitfire design. The 60-meter water-resistant watch also features a screw-down crown for protecting an engine capable of delivering a 72-hour power reserve. Complete with a date window at 3 o’clock, this men’s IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire is fitted on a brown calfskin leather strap and secures with stainless steel buckle. 




IWC Portofino Automatic 37 watch ref IW458111



For ladies this Christmas, there is no better gift than a diamond or two, and this IWC Portofino Automatic watch is adorned with an entire bezel’s worth of glistening round brilliant-cut diamonds. Forming a halo of light around a rich blue dial, the diamonds set upon the surface of this 37mm stainless steel model dance playfully under the light. IWC Portofino watches are inspired by the relaxed pace of life experienced in the picturesque Italian fishing village of Portofino and feature the familiar Feuille hands, a traditional Roman numeral at 12 and 6 o’clock, and a legible date window at 3 o’clock. This lady’s Christmas gift idea will provide hours of delight, with a caseback offering plenty of space for a special engraving and a striking deep blue alligator leather strap. The watch s powered by the Calibre 35111 – a self-winding in-house developed movement that provides a 42-hour power reserve.




If you’d like more information on any of the IWC watch ideas we’ve featured in this Christmas gift guide on the best IWC watches this 2021 - you can call and speak with a member of our sales team today on 01335 453453 or view all our IWC watches here.

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