Watch Insider: 4 New IWC Watches Debut at “Watches and Wonders” in Hong Kong


IWC Le Petit Prince - frontThe inaugural Hong Kong “Watches and Wonders” fair — inspired by the rapid growth of the Asian market and showcasing new watches from 13 luxury watch maisons — was held September 25-28 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I present four new models (actually, line extensions) from one of the exhibiting brands, IWC.

The IWC Portuguese collection has one of the longest traditions of all the watch families from IWC, and emphasizes clarity, purist elegance and innovation, combined with precision and state-of-the-art mechanics. The new Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days has all the Portuguese’s unmistakable design cues. The watch has a power reserve of 192 hours, or eight full days. A sapphire caseback provides a view of the technically sophisticated, rugged and reliable IWC-manufactured 59215 movement, which also incorporates a power-reserve display. The silver-plated dial has Arabic numerals and traditional feuille-style hands. The leather straps, produced by Italian high-quality shoe manufacturer Santoni, underscore the distinctive look of the timepiece. The stainless steel version of the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (Ref. IW510203) has a black strap; the rose-gold version (Ref. IW510204) has a brown strap. Santoni uses an elaborate process to give its leather a noticeable patina. The technique leaves the leather looking as if it already had several years of use by a careful owner, but is in fact brand-new. Santoni straps are also distinguished by their orange lining.

The Portuguese line has one of the longest traditions of all the watch families from IWC and is the epitome of clarity, purist elegance and innovation combined with precision and state-of-the-art mechanics. The new Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW510203) has all the unmistakable design cues of this fine watch line.
Above and below: Ref. IW510203

Leather straps produced by Italian high-quality shoe manufacturer Santoni underscore the distinctive character of the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW510203). The world-renowned company uses an elaborate process to give its leather a distinctive patina. The technique leaves the leather looking as if it already had several years of use by a careful owner, but as a matter of fact it is absolutely brand new.

The Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW510203) from IWC has a power reserve of 192 hours or 8 full days. Precisely how much time remains before the owner needs to wind the crown can be read off the power reserve, visible through the sapphire-glass case back on the reverse side of the watch.
Ref. IW510203 (back)
The Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in red gold, Ref. IW510204) with its silver-plated dial, Arabic numerals and characteristic feuille-style hands is the essence of simple aesthetics.
Ref. IW510204, front
The Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in red gold, Ref. IW510204) from IWC comes with a Santoni leather strap. Apart from the characteristic gradations of colour, the strap also features Santoni´s trademark orange leather lining.
Ref. IW510204 (back)
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