YL factory makes good quality replica IWC watches like Z factory, while YL is not as popular as ZF because they do not make other brand replicas like Panerai, Tudor and so on. This IWC Big Pilot watch is introduced in the latest 2018 SIHH, it integrates all functions you want in a watch. Some people said there are too many windows on the dial, which have destroyed the balance of watch beauty, but I think it is more practical with these functions. On the replica, it has the same functions as real watch, month, date, week, power reserve, they are all real. By the way, the 7-day power reserve is working the same as genuine watch, but the replica does not have that long power reserve, the clone movement only offers 3-days power reserve capacity, but that has already been amazing for a replica, because in the past it is not able for a watch factory to make such a replica with a long power reserve due to technology limited.
The case is made of 316L stainless steel and then has 18K rose gold coating plated, the gold coating is thick, which is almost 5 mils. You must concern whether the rose gold coating will fade or not, I must say yes, even gold coating on genuine watches will fade, but on the replica, it will keep its gold tone after two years of wearing, that’s enough for us. The case has a very big diameter, which is 46mm, even though the case is brushed very well, but check its case edge, it does not feel as smooth as replicas made by ZF. The back is see-through crystal, which uses sapphire like the crystal on the front.
The dial is in blue color, looks very charming. Amazong all IWC Le Petit Prince models, the one with blue dial is the most popular. Like the case, hour markers and hands all feature rose gold edge. Both subdials have refined circles, the small second hand is runniong on subdial at 9 o’clock. The subdial at 3 is an indicator that is displaying the remaining power reserve. It is marked with 7 DAYS, but the replica has 3-day power reserve. At 12 o’clock, there is a fan-shaped indicator that features three small windows, which displays month, date and week separately. The Annual Calendar function just works the same way as genuine watch. To get a better readability, the replica not only has big hour markers, it also has genuine Swiss lume material applied on markers and hands.
The movement is a clone IWC 52850. Look at the auto rotor, it is in golden and the prince is standing on his planet, and the planet will rotate as long as you shake your hand. The movement is decorated beautifully, base movement plate has polished Geneve Stripes. Each plate is cut well and molded carefully by watch master, so they could maintain the stability and accuracy of the movement. By the way, the replica IWC Le Petit Prince is fitted with a brown leather strap.