IWC´s iconic Portugieser does not deserve any epochal changes and so you will only see some smooth adaptations and one real novelty. IWC at its best! Click on “read more” to get the story…
What does the birthday of this icon mean to Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen CEO?
“With the 75th jubilee of the Portugieser in 2015 IWC is celebrating the birthday of a genuine icon. The Portugieser is not only one of our oldest and best known watches but probably also the most prestigious of our brand. With a wealth of sophisticated complications and movements, the Portugieser line has for many years come to symbolize our expertise as manufacturers of movements. None of our other watch families incorporates so many of the technical tours de force of haute horlogerie.”
In the 1930s, its simple, classic design was way ahead of its time. In terms of precision, its pocket watch movement set a new benchmark while establishing a trend towards larger wristwatches that has made the IWC family popular worldwide and assured it of instant recognition.
So Georges, please tell me what´s new?
“In 2015, with two new and six improved Portugieser references, IWC Schaffhausen will further demonstrate its innovative prowess and its enormous passion for the art of watchmaking. The line will undergo an overall upgrade with the new in-house 52000-calibre family, which is also visually more appealing. I am convinced that the Portugieser, thanks to its outstanding in-house technology, iconic design and impressive history, will continue to make a decisive contribution to the international renown enjoyed by IWC.”
Discover the 2015 IWC Portugieser novelties on the following 12 pages…
Page 1: IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” (Ref. 5102)
Page 2: IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar (Ref. 5035)
Page 3: IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” (Ref. 3972)
Page 4: IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph (Ref. 3905)
Page 5: IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar with a double moon (Ref. 5034) and IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar with a single moon (Ref. 5033)
Page 6: IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde (Ref. 5046)
Page 7: IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater (Ref. 5449)
Page 8: IWC Portugieser Grande Complication (Ref. 3776)
Page 9: IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound (Ref. 5463)
Page 10: IWC Portugieser Automatic (Ref. 5007)
Page 11: IWC Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. 3714)
Page 12: New in-house calibres by IWC
The IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” (Ref. 5102) is right at the heart of the watch family. Its purist design is starkly reminiscent of the original IWC Portugieser (Ref. 325) from the 1930s. But its IWC-manufactured 59215 calibre with an 8-day power reserve is at the leading edge of the industry.
Mechanical movement – Power reserve display on reverse side – Date display – Small hacking seconds – Glucydur beryllium alloy indexless balance with high-precision adjustment screws on balance rim – Breguet spring – See-through sapphire-glass back – Red gold version limited to 175 watches – Stainless-steel version limited to 750 watches
Ref. IW510205: case in stainless steel, black dial, black alligator leather strap by Santoni, pin buckle in stainless steel
Ref. IW510206: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap by Santoni, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold