IWC Schaffhausen and acclaimed composer Hans Zimmer have teamed up to bring to life a unique project – The Sound of Color – through which Zimmer has transposed the colors of the new Pilot TOP GUN collection into musical pieces.

Demonstrating its mastery of handling high-tech materials with maximum precision, this year IWC introduced new Pilot TOP GUN models in monochromatic colored ceramic. All visible parts of these watches are carefully designed using PANTONE® color standards and produced in precisely the same shade. The five new colors are IWC Woodland (forest green), IWC Lake Tahoe (mystery white), IWC Mojave Desert (earth with beige notes), IWC Ceratanium® (matt black, but not completely dark) and IWC Jet Black (deep matte black).

In order for the colors developed to captivate the senses even more, and in one of the first collaborations between a haute horlogerie manufactory and a cinematographic soundtrack composer, IWC teamed up with Hans Zimmer to create an unprecedented project: The Sound of Color . The acclaimed composer delved into the new universe of colors that PANTONE created for IWC and composed five previously unseen pieces of music, responding to the emotional dimensions of each monochromatic tonality: “Ceratanium”, “Mojave Desert”, “Woodland”, “Lake Tahoe” and “Jet Black”. The music thus adds a new and surprising dimension to each color, the emotion of sound.

The presentation of the result of this partnership took place at the Théâtre du Léman in Geneva, during the Watches & Wonders, at the private concert The Sound of Color. In addition to the interpretation of the five new themes composed for IWC, the musical show also featured some of the best soundtracks that make up the career of the composer who won two Oscars, three Golden Globes and a Grammy, and which includes films such as Dune, 007 : No Time to Die, Gladiator, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Lion King and many more.

On that occasion, Hans Zimmer explained that what he loves about music “is the playful element and the opportunity it offers to experience things” that he has never done before. The composer added that he loved creating new sounds with IWC because it was something very different from the work he usually does in film. According to Zimmer, “Whether we are inspired by moving images or colors, making music is always about telling a story and taking people to unknown places, and this experience was no exception.”