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IWC 2009 Collection: The Little Prince, a tribute to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince), published in 1943, is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most famous novel. Saint-Exupéry wrote it while living in the United States. It has been translated into more than 180 languages and sold more than 80 million copies making it one of the best-selling books ever.

An earlier memoir by the author recounts his aviation experiences in the Saharan desert. He is thought to have drawn on these same experiences for use as plot elements in The Little Prince. Saint-Exupéry’s novel has been adapted to various media over the decades, including stage, screen and operatic works.

Saint-Exupery and the petit prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Little Prince

There is The Museum of The Little Prince in Hakone, featuring outdoor squares and sculptures like The B 612 Asteroid, The Lamplighter Square, the sculpture of the little prince. There is a large Little Prince Park, The Consuelo Rose Garden. But the main part of the museum is the indoor exhibition. Before France adopted the Euro as its currency, Saint-Exupéry and the little prince were on the French 50 Franc banknote; the artwork was by Swiss designer Roger Pfund. One of the anticounterfeiting measures on the banknote was micro-printed text from Le Petit Prince, visible with a strong magnifying glass.


In 2006, IWC honoured the early pilots with a limited edition of chronograph watches dedicated to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, well known pilot and author of one of the most famous novel of all times: The Little Prince.

In 2009 the fourth and final series of watches dedicated to Saint-Exupéry was launched. It is a Big Pilot’s model, made in a limited edition of 1.900 timepieces

iwc-edition-antoine-de-saint-exupery-Technical Data

Mechanical automaticmovement, date
Showed that a 24-hour display (UTC monitors), time
Shows that can be used for an hour through the steps
Crown, the center seconds stop function,
Soft iron inner case, returned to sculpture, limited
Version: 1 platinum (not to sell), 250 white
Gold, 500 index rose gold, stainless steel 1188

Caliber 30710
Vibration 28,800 / hour / 4 Hz
Jewelry 23
Power reserve 42 h
Voluntary winding-up

Materials platinum, platinum, rose gold,
Stainless Steel
Sapphire glass, convex, Turner,
Secured on the downward pressure
6 bar water resistance
44 millimeters in diameter
Height 12.9 millimeters

Watch platinum Brown buffalo strap with two hundred and ten grams
Watch white water buffalo and Brown 172 grams of gold bracelet
Watch the Rose Gold and Brown buffalo strap 168 grams
Watch stainless steel and brown buffalo strap 115 grams


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