The 46 mm case Best IWC Top Gun Double Chrono Split Rattrappante Replica Watch, which wears more like a 44, is finished in that tough, slick ceramic: the overall effect is like strapping a small stealth fighter to your wrist. A rattrapante chrono can be used to time two completely separate events at the same time. So, you can either time the individual laps with one chrono hand, while the other continuously times the entire race: or you can time your boiled eggs with one, and use the other one to cook your kedgeree to perfection.That last example is not entirely tongue in cheek: Richard Habring, the watchmaker who created IWC’s double chrono complication, actually used his rattrapante to do just that: timing his breakfast eggs with the test model every Sunday in his Schaffhausen flat. Why bother with a plastic egg timer, when you can time your boil with a nine-grand pilot’s watch?
The rattrapante is one of the most useful of the prestige complications. It’s the kind of thing you have in a IWC Top Gun Double Chrono Replica Watch when you want to announce that you know a thing or two about luxury watches. But that you also don’t have time for the fiddling stuff of haute horlogerie: what I’d call the ‘frilly’ complications, tourbillons and the like.
A IWC Top Gun Replica Watch is, simply, two chronographs in one watch. The name comes from a French word, rattraper, which means ‘to recover’. It’s different from a flyback chrono, which is a single chronograph that can be used to time multiple events within a single event (like laps in a race).
When the chrono is running, and the rattrapante mechanism is engaged, the rattrapante hand flies away from the running seconds chrono hand to reveal one large red jet (on the back of the rattrapante hand), and one smaller red fighter plane (on the tail end of the chrono hand). Presuming military watch nerds are the biggest market for the Top Gun Double Chrono Split Rattrapante, that’s a touch of genuine inspiration.
There’s just something about the IWC Top Gun Double Chrono Split Rattrappante IW379901. It combines the best elements of a ton of tool watch styles: military design cues, a big legible face, and, in the case of the Top Gun Double Chrono Split Rattrapante, a sexy black ceramic finish and fabric strap.
Talking of stealth fighters, the IWC Replica Watch details on the twin chrono hands are spectacular. When at rest, they are superposed. Differences in their tail shapes mean that the superposed pair appear to have a red jet fighter sitting on their back ends.