The IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater is a fascinating timepiece. On request it will chime the actual time dividing it in hours, quarter-hours and minutes.
There are only a few minute repeaters on the market that sound as good as the IWC Portuguese. Its huge case is just a perfect resonating body. In the Portuguese Minute Repeater, depressing the repeating slide causes a delicate strike train to sound the time out audibly in hours, quarter-hours and minutes: the full hours on a lower tuned gong, the quarter-hours with double strikes, and the number of minutes that have elapsed since the last quarter on the higher of the two gongs.
The IWC Portuguese repeating mechanism consists of over 200 individual parts working together as if they were in a mechanical orchestra. An all-or-nothing piece ensures that the chimes are only struck if the repeating slide is fully depressed.
Are you interested to learn more about this fascinating mechanism? Then please take some time and watch our fifth episode of The Man´s Guide to Haute Horlogerie …