Celebrate With An IWC Watch On International Left-Handers Day

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Today is National Left-Hander’s Day, and what better time to share a few interesting facts, as well as some information about a watch created by IWC for the favorite southpaw in your life.

There’s no doubt about it: this is a right-hander’s world, as evidenced by everything from scissors to golf clubs to fountain pen nibs. But lefties, interestingly, represent over 10% of the population, meaning they're more common than redheads, which represent only about 2% of the world's population.

Some well-known lefties include Robert Redford, Julia Roberts and Robert De Niro. As for statesmen, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are left-handed, as were George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, helping to make the modern-era White House almost 1 in 2, lefties to righties. As for the British royal family, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William are all left-handed, as was the Queen Mother. Some studies suggest that left-handed people are more creative than their right-handed brethren, but not all research bears this out. It is interesting to note, however, that Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin were all in the club.

I found it fascinating that about 40% of pilots are left-handed, according to Vaughn College, including some of the most famous aviators of our time, such as astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Wally Schirra. And this brings me to the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Right-hander,” a timepiece designed to be worn on the right wrist as many left-handers do.

Inspired by the Big Pilot’s Watch Caliber 52 TSC from the 1940s, this special edition has a case diameter of 46.2mm and many of the design features evident throughout the Big Pilot family, including the dial design that emulates easy-to-read cockpit instruments. The fascinating twist is the positioning of the emblematic conical-shaped IWC crown, which is here placed on the left-hand side of the case.

“I’m delighted that we’ve revisited one of the most recognizable icons in the IWC portfolio for this special edition,” says IWC Schaffhausen CEO, Christoph Grainger-Herr. “We are always striving to push the boundaries of engineering and design, and this new watch really exemplifies this drive. It has all the signature elements you’d expect, but with a crucial difference.”

Driven by an IWC-manufactured self-winding caliber 52010 with seven days of power reserve, the Right-hander’s stainless-steel case has a soft-iron inner case that protects the movement against the effects of magnetic fields. The automatic Pellaton winding, patented in 1946, was developed by Albert Pellaton—then-technical director at IWC.

The understated slate-colored dial has a power-reserve display at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 3 o’clock and a date display at 6 o’clock. The indices and hands are luminescent for optimum legibility, and the strap is crafted in black calfskin leather.

This timepiece is a special edition of just 250 pieces, which will be available at IWC boutiques and authorized retailers beginning in August. France and Australia will enjoy exclusive distribution of the watch for the first three months.

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IWC

Today is National Left-Hander’s Day, and what better time to share a few interesting facts, as well as some information about a watch created by IWC for the favorite southpaw in your life.

There’s no doubt about it: this is a right-hander’s world, as evidenced by everything from scissors to golf clubs to fountain pen nibs. But lefties, interestingly, represent over 10% of the population, meaning they're more common than redheads, which represent only about 2% of the world's population.

Some well-known lefties include Robert Redford, Julia Roberts and Robert De Niro. As for statesmen, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are left-handed, as were George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, helping to make the modern-era White House almost 1 in 2, lefties to righties. As for the British royal family, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince William are all left-handed, as was the Queen Mother. Some studies suggest that left-handed people are more creative than their right-handed brethren, but not all research bears this out. It is interesting to note, however, that Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and Benjamin Franklin were all in the club.

I found it fascinating that about 40% of pilots are left-handed, according to Vaughn College, including some of the most famous aviators of our time, such as astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Wally Schirra. And this brings me to the new IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Edition “Right-hander,” a timepiece designed to be worn on the right wrist as many left-handers do.

Inspired by the Big Pilot’s Watch Caliber 52 TSC from the 1940s, this special edition has a case diameter of 46.2mm and many of the design features evident throughout the Big Pilot family, including the dial design that emulates easy-to-read cockpit instruments. The fascinating twist is the positioning of the emblematic conical-shaped IWC crown, which is here placed on the left-hand side of the case.

“I’m delighted that we’ve revisited one of the most recognizable icons in the IWC portfolio for this special edition,” says IWC Schaffhausen CEO, Christoph Grainger-Herr. “We are always striving to push the boundaries of engineering and design, and this new watch really exemplifies this drive. It has all the signature elements you’d expect, but with a crucial difference.”

Driven by an IWC-manufactured self-winding caliber 52010 with seven days of power reserve, the Right-hander’s stainless-steel case has a soft-iron inner case that protects the movement against the effects of magnetic fields. The automatic Pellaton winding, patented in 1946, was developed by Albert Pellaton—then-technical director at IWC.

The understated slate-colored dial has a power-reserve display at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 3 o’clock and a date display at 6 o’clock. The indices and hands are luminescent for optimum legibility, and the strap is crafted in black calfskin leather.

This timepiece is a special edition of just 250 pieces, which will be available at IWC boutiques and authorized retailers beginning in August. France and Australia will enjoy exclusive distribution of the watch for the first three months.

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