IWC have created four unique Pilot’s Watch Chronographs to be worn by the crew on the world’s first all-civilian mission to the moon.
The mission is helmed by billionaire and pilot, Jared Isaacman, the man behind Inspiration 4 the program taking these people to space. Inspiration 4 is said to represent a “new era for human spaceflight and exploration” and is set to launch a SpaceX Dragon from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida in September.
Once the flight is over the watches will be auctioned off to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Each chronograph is said to represent one of the four values of the mission: Leadership, Hope, Generosity, and Prosperity.
The watches themselves feature a white ceramic case with a titanium caseback. A mixture of white leather and rubber make up the bracelet. The dial looks a little kitschy comprising of a deep blue with white lacquer hour markers and stars – these are meant to represent space (obviously) and the Inspiration 4 logo. Each caseback is engraved with the individual names of the crew member wearing them.
IWC CEO, Cristoph Grainger-Herr, said of the collaboration,
“From our founder Florentine Ariosto Jones, who journeyed from America to Switzerland to revolutionize watchmaking, to our endless appetite for innovation, IWC is a company of pioneers. We are incredibly proud to partner with the Inspiration4 mission, which shares so many of our values, to make history together and raise funds for such a good cause.”
The mission itself will be commanded by Jason Isaacman while the remaining crew include Dr Sian Proctor, an entrepreneur and trained pilot; Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at St Jude’s and paediatric cancer survivor; and Christopher Sembroski, an aerospace employee and U.S. Air Force veteran.