IWC Schaffhausen’s TOP GUN Pilot’s Watches are experts in the legendary Navy Mma fighter Weapons School program, in which the US Fast trains the very best pilots in flying and tactical skills. Made of highly robust as well as hard-wearing materials, these precise aviation instruments are designed to withstand even the extreme G-forces a fighter jet pilot can be subjected to in the cockpit.
IWC Schaffhausen manufactured its first IWC Pilot’s Watch more than 80 years ago. Since then, Swiss watchmaking specialist has accumulated extensive know-how in designing and engineering mission-critical instrument watches that are tailored to the wants of aviators. The TOP GUN watches, which IWC has been making as an official licensee of the US Navy since 2007, take their name from the famous Navy Killer Weapons College (TOPGUN). They represent the tactical and performance side of IWC’s Pilot’s Watches, meanwhile underscoring the actual company’s role as a pioneer and innovator in the area of advanced case components.
Nowhere with regards to aviation are the requirements as rigorous as in Naval Aviation. Spot landings at night on an aircraft carrier are one of the most challenging techniques of all. During dogfights, tight turns or in vertical maneuvers with supersonic aviation like an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, maximum acceleration forces are exerted on the pilots and their aircraft. The constant day and night operations on an aircraft carrier likewise take a toll on man and material. This is why BEST GUN watches are engineered from extremely robust and also resilient supplies such as titanium and ceramics to withstand the extreme strain jet fighter jet fliers can experience in the logement.
The excellent ceramic used in watch cases is seen as a extremely pure raw materials along with sophisticated production processes. The source materials tend to be polycrystalline dusts, which are blended with several reliable materials to a homogenous mass, shaped and finally sintered at high temperatures in an oven.
With a Vickers rating second just to that of diamonds, ceramic ranks among the hardest substances on earth. Because of its lightness, hardness in addition to scratch-resistance, the material is ideally suited for everyday use in the particular restricted space of a aircraft cockpit. The matte black color ensures that pilots are not distracted by the watch highlighting sunlight. Titanium and ceramic are also very resistant to corrosion, making them ideal for long-lasting quests on an aeroplanes carrier within the humid, saline sea air.
CERATANIUM COMBINES THE ADVANTAGES OF TITANIUM AND CERAMIC
The most recent innovation from Schaffhausen is Ceratanium. This innovative new materials is based on a special titanium alloy. After the components of the case are usually milled, turned and drilled, they are heated in an oven. During this central heater process, oxygen diffuses into the material, and a phase transition occurs, with the surface then assuming properties which are similar to those of hard. Ceratanium is both light and robust like ti and also hard and scratch-resistant like fine ceramic. Unlike more conventional topcoats, the surface is actually inseparably cemented with the substance and cannot flake off if the watch will be knocked against another object. Thanks to the new material, all components of the watch case could be manufactured in the durable jet-black finish for the first time.