IWC presents new timepieces at Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong

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.

Of course most of these watches are not really new since we are talking about modifications of already existing models. Have a look at the IWC line extension

What is Watches & Wonders?

Here are some brief answers:

The foremost Fine Watch Maisons have the privilege of demonstrating their unique expertise at Watches & Wonders, held 25th to 28th September 2013 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Inspired by spectacular growth in the Asian markets, these thirteen Fine Watchmakers are at Watches & Wonders, the first event of its kind in Asia. This inaugural edition is dedicated to Asia’s many collectors and connoisseurs of fine timepieces. Each Maison presents its specificity and latest creations to this knowledgeable audience, and shares its fascinating history and wealth of expertise inside an exceptional setting. Watches & Wonders provides a rare opportunity to meet the creators and craftsmen behind fine timepieces, and a chance to experience firsthand the cultural heritage of one of Europe’s most exquisite traditions,” declared Fabienne Lupo, Chairwoman and Managing Director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, organizer of the event.

 

And now let us discover the novelties presented by IWC yesterday in Hong Kong …

With its Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW510202) IWC Schaffhausen extends its fleet of technically sophisticated Portuguese models. The watch owes its distinctive, classic appearance to the new case design with an arched-edge front glass.
With its Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW510202) IWC Schaffhausen extends its fleet of technically sophisticated Portuguese models. The watch owes its distinctive, classic appearance to the new case design with an arched-edge front glass.
The see-through sapphire-glass back of the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW510202) provides a view of the technically sophisticated, rugged and reliable IWC-manufactured 59215 calibre, which makes the watch perfect for everyday use.
The see-through sapphire-glass back of the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW510202) provides a view of the technically sophisticated, rugged and reliable IWC-manufactured 59215 calibre, which makes the watch perfect for everyday use.
The Portuguese line has one of the longest traditions of all the watch families from IWC Schaffhausen 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.
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.
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.
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 Schaffhausen 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (here in red gold, Ref. IW510204) from IWC Schaffhausen comes with a Santoni leather strap. Apart from the characteristic gradations of colour, the strap also features SantoniÕs trademark orange leather lining.
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.
In much the same way that the picturesque harbour town of Portofino stands for the dolce vita of the 1960s, Portofino watches from IWC Schaffhausen are the epitome of aesthetic extravagance with simple elegance. Featuring two different models, one in red gold (pictured here Ref. IW516102), the other in white gold (Ref. IW516101), the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date is a stylish expression of discreet luxury.
In much the same way that the picturesque harbour town of Portofino stands for the dolce vita of the 1960s, Portofino watches from IWC are the epitome of aesthetic extravagance with simple elegance. Featuring two different models, one in red gold (pictured here Ref. IW516102), the other in white gold (Ref. IW516101), the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date is a stylish expression of discreet luxury.
Big Date (here in red gold, Ref. IW516102) from IWC Schaffhausen is fitted with a top-quality leather strap from Santoni. One of the trademark features of the famous Italian shoe manufacturers is the orange leather lining, pictured here on the inner surface of the strap.
Big Date (here in red gold, Ref. IW516102) from IWC is fitted with a top-quality leather strap from Santoni. One of the trademark features of the famous Italian shoe manufacturers is the orange leather
lining, pictured here on the inner surface of the strap.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date (here in red gold, Ref. IW516102) comes in a modest-looking case packed with sophisticated watchmaking. Apart from the big date display, which shows the current date in large, highly legible figures, the new product from IWC also has an 8-day power reserve when fully wound.
The Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date (here in red gold, Ref. IW516102) comes in a modest-looking case packed with sophisticated watchmaking. Apart from the big date display, which shows the current date in large, highly legible figures, the new product from IWC also has an 8-day power reserve when fully wound.
With its technically advanced movement and features, the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date (here in white gold, Ref. IW516101) is the latest addition to the Portofino watch family of IWC Schaffhausen. The new model is available exclusively from IWC boutiques.
With its technically advanced movement and features, the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date (here in white gold, Ref. IW516101) is the latest addition to the Portofino watch family of IWC Schaffhausen. The new model is available exclusively from IWC boutiques.
The see-through sapphire-glass back of the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date (here in white gold, Ref. IW516101) from IWC Schaffhausen provides an unimpeded view of the technically advanced IWC-manufactured 59230 calibre. With its large bridges and plates, the contemporary movement design is highly robust and reliable.
The see-through sapphire-glass back of the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date (here in white gold, Ref. IW516101) from IWC provides an unimpeded view of the technically advanced IWC-manufactured 59230 calibre. With its large bridges and plates, the contemporary movement design is highly robust and reliable.
With the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ''Le Petit Prince'' (Ref. IW502802) in 18-carat red gold, IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the 70th birthday of the popular story ''The Little Prince'' written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This limited to 270 pieces special edition is the first of the Big Pilot's Watches to incorporate a moon phase display.
With the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502802) in 18-carat red gold, IWC celebrates the 70th birthday of the popular story ‘‘The Little Prince” written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This limited to 270 pieces special edition is the first of the Big Pilot’s Watches to incorporate a moon phase display.
The back of the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ''Le Petit Prince'' (Ref. IW502802), limited to 270 pieces, shows the impressive IWC-manufactured 51613 calibre with Pellaton automatic winding and a 7-day power reserve, as well as a gold medallion engraved with an image of the little prince.
The back of the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502802), limited to 270 pieces, shows the impressive IWC-manufactured 51613 calibre with Pellaton automatic winding and a 7-day power reserve, as well as a gold medallion engraved with an image of the little prince.
The back of the Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ''Le Petit Prince'' (Ref. IW502802), limited to 270 pieces, shows the impressive IWC-manufactured 51613 calibre with Pellaton automatic winding and a 7-day power reserve, as well as a gold medallion engraved with an image of the little prince.
The back of the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502802), limited to 270 pieces, shows the impressive IWC-manufactured 51613 calibre with Pellaton automatic winding and a 7-day power reserve, as well as a gold medallion engraved with an image of the little prince.
The Big Pilot's Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ''Le Petit Prince'' (here in red gold, Ref. IW502802) fuses elegance and mechanical craftsmanship of the highest order. The special edition is limited to 270 pieces and is packed with outstanding technical features such as the imposing IWC-manufactured 51613 calibre with Pellaton automatic winding and 7-day power reserve. It is the first of IWCÕs Big Pilot's Watches to feature the classical moon phase display.
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (here in red gold, Ref. IW502802) fuses elegance and mechanical craftsmanship of the highest order. The special edition is limited to 270 pieces and is packed with outstanding technical features such as the imposing IWC-manufactured 51613 calibre with Pellaton automatic winding and 7-day power reserve. It is the first of IWC´s Big Pilot’s Watches to feature the classical moon phase display.
With the Pilot's Watch Mark XVII Edition ''Le Petit Prince'' (Ref. IW326506), IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the 70th birthday of the popular novella ''The Little Prince'' written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This limited to 1,000 pieces special edition is the Swiss watch manufacturer's way of honouring one of the best-selling books in the history of literature.
With the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW326506), IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the 70th birthday of the popular novella “The Little Prince” written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. This limited to 1,000 pieces special edition is the Swiss watch manufacturer’s way of honouring one of the best-selling books in the history of literature.
The back of the Pilot's Watch Mark XVII Edition ''Le Petit Prince'' (Ref. IW326506) in stainless steel, limited to 1,000 pieces, is engraved with an image of the little prince standing on his tiny asteroid with his scarf blowing in the wind.
The back of the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW326506) in stainless steel, limited to 1,000 pieces, is engraved with an image of the little prince standing on his tiny asteroid with his scarf blowing in the wind.
In both form and function, the Pilot's Watch Mark XVII Edition ''Le Petit Prince'' (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW326506) closely follows the classic Pilot's Watches from IWC Schaffhausen. With this special edition, limited to 1,000 pieces, the Swiss watch manufacturer is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the popular story ''The Little Prince'', written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
In both form and function, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (here in stainless steel, Ref. IW326506) closely follows the classic Pilot’s Watches from IWC. With this special edition, limited to 1,000 pieces, the Swiss watch manufacturer is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the popular story ‘The Little Prince’‘, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

 

 

 

 

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11 Comments

  • Very elegant watches! The new Big Pilot “Le Petit Prince” is not the first one to have a moon phase display, since the Big Pilot Top Gun Perpetual Calendar has a double moon display (north and south hemisphere)…

  • I do not exaggerate when I say that I felt goosebumps on my arms and the back of my neck when I saw the moonphase details of the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Edition ”Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW502802).

    Worth being poor for the rest of my life and selling my soul for? Well, not really. But I had to pause.

  • I was introduced to these watches yesterday by IWC at the Hong Kong Exhibition. They look even better than on the pictures! I agree with most of your comments Alexander but when you see the portofino big date in the flesh they look extremely refined and well finished. The box is a bit thicker than the original model but what a curved box beauty in particular in white gold/slate face combination. The little red 60 is a question of taste but IWC does that on a lot of their watches so I suppose this is a mark of the factory.
    Not in the article is the Siderale Scafusia. I was introduced to it by Herr Hannes Pantly The speaker of Board of IWC. Amazing watch combining a Constant force tourbillon completely exact for the first 48 hours, sideral time, perpetual calendar, 96 hours of power reserve ( as it is hand wounded the watch comes with a box where a mechanism automatically “hand wind” the watch!!!)and most importantly on the back of the watch a moving sideral landscape reproducing the sky and stars view from your home! the watch is set to represent the view on the sky from any geographical point ( to 20 meters) you wish!!!! It seems the constant force tourbillon was the original idea and then came the other complications. The watch can be made to order in any metal and colours combination. Only 6 can be produced any year and only 1 watch maker is able to build this watch so far. Price eh yes … in excess of 800,000 USD. A unique masterpiece from that amazing company which is IWC!

  • I agree with most of the comments. Congrats to IWC! Beautiful pieces with wonderful complications. Quite elegant, indeed!

    • My favorite one would be the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days in steel with the silver dial if there would not be that red “60”. Why is “60” printed in red? Do you guys have a clue? I don’t like the Portofino. The dial is overcharged, less would be more here. The Big Pilot’s is awesome … The Mark XVII not thrilling, since I don’t like the date display.

  • Thanks for the presentation, Alex! Some really beautiful and stunning pieces among them.
    “Of course most of these watches are not really new…” I think is not quite true. Depending on how you count, I would say at least 2/3 of the presented watches are new (Portuguese Handwound and Portofino Big Date vs. Petit Prince models). It’s the first time that the eight days power-reserve handwound movement shows up in the Portuguese line, which I personally think is a great addition. I like the power reserve indication on the back side. And I think the big date window of the Portofino model is completely new for IWC.
    For the two Petit Prince models, I agree, these are “only” color variations, however very beautiful ones, of existing watches.

  • saw them yesterday! Of course these watches are big and therefore not a replacement for Patek Philippe elegance but IWC continues a very dynamic showing of exciting new watches!

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