Long before IWC replica brought out its first “Le Petit Prince” models in 2013, the brand had been supporting the Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry on various projects, ensuring that the famous French aviator’s humanitarian spirit would continue to be honoured in the most special ways.
Committed to helping children and young people in disadvantaged circumstances, IWC has been working closely with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s descendants since 2005. Over the years, the brand has auctioned off several unique pieces to finance the needs of this charitable institution and the high quality fake IWC “Le Petit Prince” watches have been an integral part of this collaborative journey.
Known for their characteristic retro style, the “Le Petit Prince” editions have almost become like a sub-brand within Swiss made replica IWC Pilot’s watch family. The unmistakable blue dials and elaborate engravings on the casebacks have made these watches highly covetable in collectors’ circles. The most fascinating aspect of these timepieces is the way the adventurous days of early aviation come together with the element of fantasy that Saint-Exupéry created in his most famous literary work, Le Petit Prince.
While the first IWC watch dedicated to Saint-Exupéry was a pilot chronograph (Reference IW3717) released in 2006, the cheap copy IWC Pilot’s Le Petit Prince models made their way into the Pilot’s collection only in 2013. The very first model, reference IW326506, was based on the basic Mark XVII time-only pilot’s watch. With its blue sunburst dial, a stylized star on the seconds’ hand and a beautifully engraved image of the little prince on the caseback, the model was a runway hit. Powered by caliber 30110, the stainless steel watch was launched as a limited edition of 1000 pieces to mark the 70th anniversary of the novella Le Petit Prince.
The other big highlight of 2013 was the Swiss movement fake IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502802). This model also had the characteristic reflective blue dial like the Mark XVII and a special medallion depicting the Little Prince on the rotor, viewable from the back of the watch. Limited to 270 pieces, the 46 mm watch in 18-carat red gold was equipped with caliber 51613 that delivered a power reserve of seven days.
The Le Petit Prince model that we have in our shop this month was introduced in 2014. Though it is a basic chronograph Pilot’s watch, the reference IW377706 was well-received then for its clean design and superb functionality. The midnight blue dial displays a small hacking seconds subdial at 9o’clock, date and day at 3o’clock, and two chronograph counters at 12o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively for 30 minutes and 12 hour functions. The 43 mm stainless steel case is water-resistant up to 60 meters and has an engraving of “Le Petit Prince” on the caseback. The aaa quality IWC replica watch is offered on a brown calfskin strap with quilted stitching and a stainless-steel pin buckle.
We have got this particular piece covered under Watchfinder’s two-year warranty and the added bonus is the set of original box and papers that come with the watch.