For IWC, 2010 is the “Year of the Portuguese” and fans of the brand will be happy to read that the manufacture is offering two beautifully simple 44mm models in stainless steel cases, each with an original pocket watch movement of the type that the first pocket watch-style wristwatch appeared with seventy years ago.
Two models are available. The first is stainless steel with a black dial, rhodium-plated Arabic numerals and the characteristic feuille hands with a silver-plated seconds subdial featuring a distinctive “60” in signal red. Its sibling model with a silver-plated dial and rose gold-plated indices and hands stands out with its seconds subdial in light gray, also with a small red “60”. Features common to both are the typical chapter ring in the traditional railwaytrack style and, as the drive mechanism, the IWC-manufactured 98295 caliber with stylistic echoes of the first Jones movements, such as the nickel-silver three-quarter bridge and the elongated index to facilitate precision adjustment of the effective length of the spring.
The Portuguese Hand-Wound will be priced at $8300. It will be in IWC boutiques in June with broader distribution beginning in September.
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Mechanical movement, balance with high-precision adjustment cam on the balance arms, Breguet spring, plate and nickel-silver three-quarter bridge, elongated precision adjustment index, special decoration (Geneva stripes), small hacking seconds
-Power reserve 46 h
– stainless steel with black dial and black alligator leather strap, pin buckle in stainless steel
– watch in stainless steel with silver-plated dial and black alligator leather strap, pin buckle in stainless steel
Sapphire, arched edge, anti-reflective coating on both sides
See-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant: 3 bar