I've been staring at IWC watches since I first got into this hobby, and today, I finally joined the IWC family.
After just picking up the Oris Divers Sixty-Five and the Omega Speedmaster Professional (both which I love) within the last 12 months, I thought I would be off the watch buying train for a while but when a Mark XVIII Le Petit Prince showed up on CWC, I couldn't help myself. I should also mention that The Little Prince is hands down my favourite book. My first copy was given to me as a gift by a tutor and I still read the book at least once a year on my birthday and somehow still get something new out of it every time.
Actually, I tried on the Mark XVIII while travelling in Asia back in December but TBH it really didn't do much for me. Granted, I was at the airport, and didn't spend too much time with it. But really, I had convinced myself, maybe the IWC isn't for me.
I then had dinner a few weeks ago with a friend of mine who recently picked up a Mark XVIII (black dial) and he was singing its praises. Fast forward to last week, my buddy convinced that I should just get it and today, it's on my wrist!
A lot has been said about the XVIII, it seems to be a love-it or hate-it scenario (re: date placement). I for one use the date function daily so do appreciate the complication. Additionally, on the Little Prince edition's amazing blue dial, the white date window does not feel that "off". I appreciate the more manageable 40mm case and though the lug-to-lug distance isn't small, I think I can still pull it off despite my smaller 6.5" wrist.
I am definitely impressed by the level of finishing. With the crown screwed in, the IWC logo + slogan align perfectly. The case is beautifully brushed, contrasted with a mirror finish on the bezel. As I said above, the blue dial is stunning, pictures really don't do it justice. It just plays with the light and has a lovely shine to it. I had a chance to compare it with my friend's black dial XVIII side-by-side and they totally feel like different watches. The black dial version feels much more tool-like, instrument base (re: true to its roots), whereas the blue dial along with the mirror finish on the hands make the Little Prince version seem just a bit more dressed up and refined.
I'll need to spend more time with the watch to really get to know it but as of right now, I'm pretty darn happy to have joined the IWC family and loving my XVIII!