IWC has released a new chronograph into their now-solidified TOP GUN line up. As unnecessary as the Top Gun marketing is, the new Miramar Chronograph looks very interesting. Featuring a 48 mm ceramic case and anthracite dial, this flyback chronograph will fit well into the IWC Big Pilot family but may not fit on many wrists. The Miramar is powered by the in-house IWC 89365 chronograph movement which boasts a very respectable 168 hour power reserve. The crown, chronograph pushers and case back are made from titanium and the Miramar comes fitted to a textile strap (what kind of textile is still unclear).
The Miramar name is a further connection with Top Gun lore. Miramar, a Marine Corps Air Station located just outside San Diego, was once the home of the Naval Fighter Weapons School aka Top Gun (the training academy immortalized in the 1986 film). Pricing has not been announced but don’t expect to pay anything short of a premium for this high tech and in-house powered chronograph. Ultimately, as excellent as the Miramar looks, 48 mm is too large for our tastes and the IWC 89365 is likely too large of a movement to see a smaller (40-44 mm) version come to market with the same power reserve. More details should be released once SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) begins on January 16th.