Wrist Watching: Michael Jordan, His Airness, Wearing An IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Antoine De Saint Exupéry
by Nick Gould
We know Jordan loves timepieces as he has been spotted wearing a large variety of watches from different brands over the years including Panerai, Richard Mille, Rolex, Ulysse Nardin, and Urwerk.
Last week I spotted him sporting a timepiece by IWC.
At the 2019 NBA All-Star press conference, Jordan sported another Big Pilot’s Watch but a slightly more complicated one this time: gracing his wrist was a red gold Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Antoine De Saint Exupéry, limited to just 250 pieces.
The red gold case, large oignon-style crown, and three apertures for the annual calendar displays were clearly visible in the press conference footage.
As its name already states, this watch features an annual calendar, which can accurately distinguish between months with 30 or 31 days, only requiring manual correction once a year at the end of February. As with all watches in the Big Pilot’s line, this watch is automatic and features seven days’ worth of power reserve.
The big “A.” featured on the brown dial underneath the calendar displays commemorates author and pilot Antoine de Saint Exupéry. IWC is one of the partners of Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry, a charity founded by the writer’s descendants that aids children and young people in disadvantaged circumstances, and helps finance social projects with the sale of dedicated timepieces.
A man of Jordan’s size (1.98 m/6 ft 6) pulls off that 46.2 mm case with ease; that’s certainly not a size that many of us could strap on as nonchalantly.
For more information, please visit www.iwc.com/en/watch-collections/pilot-watches/big-pilots-watch-annual-calendar-edition-antoine-de-sa.
Quick Facts IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Annual Calendar Edition Antoine De Saint Exupéry
Case: 46.2 x 15.3 mm, red gold
Movement: automatic IWC Caliber 52850 with 168-hour power reserve, twin spring barrels, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, (hacking) seconds; annual calendar with date, day and month, power reserve indicator
Limitation: 250 pieces