The Origin Of The ‘little Prince’ And The Flying Watch

On a sunny holiday in 1912, at the airport of Amberlo Ambière in southeastern France, a 12-year-old boy rode a bicycle to a pilot who was repairing a flight engine. He asked the pilot if he could take him on a lap. The experienced pilot praised him for his courage, so the little boy realized his dream.

   ‘All grown-ups were once children. Unfortunately, most grown-ups have forgotten.’ The Little Prince

   The little boy grew up to become a pilot and a well-known writer. He was the author of The Little Prince, Anthony de Saint-Exupéry. His childlike curiosity, adventure, and thirst for knowledge accompanied him throughout his life, until the last flight that failed to return.

   I don’t know how many people have read this fairy tale, which is said to be second only to the Bible in childhood. I was an adult when I read this book. I read it again because of the recent release of the Little Prince movie. This novel, perhaps everyone with a childlike heart, will have some feelings and memories when reading this novel.

   Similarly, the theme of ‘Little Prince’ is also used in various fields, such as watches, and is also a flying watch. The master watchmakers have incorporated these childlike fun into the watch, reminding you at all times that I will never forget my original intention.
   IWC’s ‘Little Prince’ series is believed to be familiar to everyone, and its relationship with ‘Little Prince’ began in 2006. As a partner of the charity organization Anthony Saint Exupery Youth Foundation, it has been keeping close Partnerships and work together to spread the cultural heritage of Saint Exupery.
year 2013
   In 2013, IWC launched two limited edition “Little Prince” watches in honor of the 70th anniversary of the birth of this classic in the history of literature.

   A limited edition of 270 pieces of red gold large pilot perpetual calendar watch ‘Little Prince’ Special Edition (model: IW502802), equipped with perpetual calendar, moon phase and reserve display functions, its IWC-made Cal.51613 movement, using The Leighton winding system is one of the highest performance automatic winding systems in the watchmaking industry to date, providing a power reserve of up to seven days.
   In the unique moon phase window, the moon is decorated with the image of the little prince. The little prince stands on his little planet and stares at the starry night sky. Based on the famous illustration drawn by Saint Exupery, this illustration is also the cover of The Little Prince.
   The 18K gold badge on the oscillating weight of the movement also appeared in the image of the Little Prince, and the original title of the first edition of ‘Little Prince’ was engraved on the winding rotor.

   A limited edition of 1,000 stainless steel Mark XVII pilot watches ‘Little Prince’ Special Edition (model: IW326506). The night blue dial is as streamlined as the cockpit dashboard, with the special feature of a small star at the end of the second hand. Equipped with an antimagnetic soft iron inner case, the bottom of the case is beautifully engraved with the picture of the little prince standing on his little planet.
Year 2014
   In 2014, IWC added two new members to the “Little Prince” watch family, a special edition of the pilot’s chronograph “Little Prince” (model: IW377706) and a limited-edition stainless steel large pilot watch “Little Prince ‘Special Edition (model: IW500908).

   Constructed from a stainless steel case, it also has a night blue dial design with added chronograph function, and a brown calfskin strap with stitching. The shape of the date display window at 3 o’clock is very similar to the instrument shape of the cockpit. Its vertically arranged numbers are reminiscent of the design of an altimeter. The current date and day are indicated by a triangle sign. The 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock hands and scales are all luminous, ensuring that the time can be clearly read even in dim light. The 79320 chronograph movement (ETA 7750) enables this watch to record single and cumulative times of up to 12 hours, with a 44-hour power reserve. The bottom of the watch is engraved with a fine portrait of the little prince.

   Stainless steel large pilot watch, in addition to the blue and simple dial design, the watch is equipped with IWC-manufactured 51111 caliber, this movement brings together IWC’s proven mechanical watchmaking experience, equipped with Bieleton Automatic winding system, it can run continuously for 7 days after full chain. The power reserve display at 3 o’clock, the date at 6 o’clock, and the central seconds hand necessary for pilot watches. Rhodium-plated hands and indexes, and the back of the case is delicately engraved with the little prince.
2015 year
   This year, IWC has added two new members to its ‘Little Prince’ series. Limited edition of 250 red gold models for pilots ‘Little Prince’ (model: IW500909) and pilot pilot chronograph ‘Little Prince’ special model (Model: IW371807) released, continuing to expand the ‘Little Prince’ special edition Watch camp.

   The red gold model is no different from the 2104 stainless steel large pilot watch ‘Little Prince’ special edition, except that the material is changed to 18k red gold.

   The chase chronograph ‘Little Prince’ is more special. Similarly, the night blue dial is different in that the jumping planetary dial around the central ring of the dial is a big surprise. This jumping planetary disk is actually on the day of the week display, and a different golden star is lit every day to show different days. It also symbolizes that the famous little prince described by Anthony Saint Exupery visited a new planet on his interstellar journey. Of course, the wearer can make the golden stars jump to different positions by turning the crown. In other words, which star on the dial is lit on seven days a week is entirely up to the wearer.

   The names of these planets and the people who inhabit them are engraved on the bottom of the watch: the king, the vanity admirer, the drunkard, the merchant, the lantern holder, the geographer, and the rose that the little prince remembers, and the little prince is decorated Portrait.
   This watch is also very powerful in function, including automatic winding, time, date, star-shaped week display of jumping, small second hand with stop device, 12-hour cumulative chronograph function, tracking hand function, Equipped with a robust double-sided anti-reflective sapphire glass that can withstand sudden pressure drops, and a soft iron inner case that provides strong anti-magnetic protection. The hands and scales are treated with Super-LumiNova®, which ensures clear reading even at night.

    ‘A person can only see the truth by looking at it with heart. The truth of the matter is invisible with only his eyes.’ ‘Little Prince’