HODINKEE Is At It Again With the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “HODINKEE”

Article By: Logan Hannen

FROM THE PRESS | FEB 14, 2019

In HODINKEE’s first limited edition watch brand collaboration of 2019, the company has teamed up with Schaffhausen manufacturer IWC to present the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “HODINKEE”.

HODINKEE explains that the major inspiration from the watch was taken from the IWC Mark II, a watch produced in 1948 that featured clean lines, no date, and a rugged and durable case design.

IWC Mark II
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Another major inspiration for this new limited edition was the IWC reference 3705, a pilot chronograph done in a black ceramic case, a first for the brand. This short-lived reference is a modern cult icon of IWC’s catalog.

IWC Fleigerchronograph ref. 3705
Source: HODINKEE

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition HODINKEE
To join these two fan favorite pieces together, IWC and HODINKEE released this limited edition, which comes in at a case diameter of 39mm. The watch is powered by the IWC caliber 35100, a Sellita-based no-date automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve.

The IWC Mark XVIII Edition HODINKEE
Source: Fratello Watches

The dial is a matte black with a fairly standard Type-A dial layout (which is to say that the numerals at the hour markers indicate the hour, whereas a Type-B dial uses them to indicate intervals of 5 minutes). Faux patina lume is used exclusively at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock markers on the dial (and not any of the numerals), as well as on the triangle at 12 o’clock and on the hands. Speaking of hands, they’re the more vintage style stick/block hands used on IWC pilot watches for most of the model line’s life. As previously mentioned, there’s no date.

IWC Mark XVIII Edition HODINKEE
Source: Fratello Watches

The major development with this release, however, is its use of Ceratanium®. This material, which IWC reportedly spent five years developing, is a hybrid alloy of sorts, being a combination of the lightness of titanium and the scratch resistance of ceramic. In this way, HODINKEE and IWC managed to achieve the same look as the 3705, but with the added layer of functionality that can only be achieved by titanium’s lightweight nature.

The strap the piece comes with is another interesting choice – despite looking like canvas or kevlar, it is actually just embossed calfskin through and through.

The Damage
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition HODINKEE is produced in a limited run of 500 pieces, and is priced at $6,400 USD.

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