IWC Designs New Chronographs for World’s First All-Civilian Mission Orbit

Designed to support the world’s first all-civilian mission to orbit, Inspiration4, IWC chronographs will be worn by the four crew members on their journey into space on September 15. All details of the mission are featured in a Netflix documentary.

For the first time in world’s history, an all-civilian crew will travel into space on September 15. The four crew members will make their space journey with the Crew Dragon capsule, which was previously launched to low Earth orbit by SpaceX. The mission is set to launch from the historic Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A, which was built for the NASA Apollo program. After the multi-day journey, the crew will re-enter world’s atmosphere. Representing a new era for human spaceflight and exploration, the mission of the Inspiration4 is to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The four crew members will wear the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4”, a new series designed by IWC, the master of pilot’s watch series.

The World’s First All-Civilian Crew

At the heart of Inspiration4 is a unique and varied crew. Jared Isaacman occupies the Leadership mission seat and serves as Commander. He is the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an accomplished commercial and military pilot who holds several aviation world records. The mission seat representing Hope was awarded to Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a pediatric cancer survivor. Dr Sian Proctor, a 51-year-old entrepreneur and trained pilot, earned the mission seat representing Prosperity as the winning entrant in a business competition. Finally, the Generosity mission seat will be occupied by Christopher Sembroski. The 41-year-old aerospace industry employee and United States Air Force veteran contributed to a fundraising campaign that offered an Inspiration4 seat to one lucky donor. The crew is currently undergoing commercial astronaut training at SpaceX.

The launch might be watched on the Netflix YouTube channel. Netflix has also produced a four-part documentary series for the Inspiration4: Episodes 1-2 “Meet The Crew” will on Netflix September 6 and episodes 3-4 “Prepare For Launch” will on September 13.

On the other hand, IWC has also produced the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4” in order to support mission. After being auctioned as part of the mission, the timepieces will be worn by the four crew members.

The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Inspiration4” features a case made of stunning white ceramic. The unique color results from a complex manufacturing process in which zirconium oxide is mixed with other metallic oxides in a precisely defined ratio. With a Vickers rating second only to that of diamond, engineering ceramic ranks among the hardest substances on the planet. The dark blue lacquered dial has been pad-printed with countless stars and captures the depth and darkness of space. It also features the Inspiration4 logo. Inside beats the IWC-manufactured 69380 caliber chronograph movement. On each of the four watches, the titanium case back has been engraved with the name and mission value represented by the respective crew member. The chronographs are fitted with a white rubber strap. The timepieces’ design with the dominance of white color and dark blue dial, reminds us the white space capsule’s travel into the darkness of space.