Whether US Navy pilots operating out of China Lake in the Mojave Desert really would want, or should want, a watch to match their flying overalls is open to question, but that’s the reference point IWC’s designers have alighted on for their ceramic-cased Top Gun Mojave Desert chronograph.
What it reveals is that you can bring the pilot’s watch up to date without losing any of the essential codes that have made these designs so enduringly admired. That’s crucial for brands as strongly associated with pilots’ watches as IWC is.
They remain incredibly popular, both as new watches and within the vintage market, but tastes are shifting towards less exact re-editions.
Despite the Top Gun origin of…