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IWC Portuguese: Special Edition for Revolution’s 10th Anniversary (full specs, live pics and price)

by Nick Gould on December 17, 2014

To celebrate Revolution’s 10th anniversary, IWC has made a special watch to mark the momentous occasion.   The Portuguese Hand-wound “REVOLUTION 10th Anniversary” Ref. IW544001 is a special edition of 10 pieces in 18 carat red gold.

IWC IW5440001 Portuguese for Revolution Magazine's 10th Anniversary. Limited edition of 10 pieces.

IWC IW5440001 Portuguese for Revolution Magazine’s 10th Anniversary. Limited edition of 10 pieces.

 

The watch is almost identical to the Jubilee edition of the Portuguese that was released for the 125th anniversary of IWC in 1993. The only difference is the “Revolution” edition features the Cal 92800 while the 1993 special edition featured the Cal 9828 (Cal 982 with Jubilee markings). The watch case is 42mm and has a height of 9.8 mm and comes on a brown alligator leather strap, with matching pin buckle in 18-carat red gold.

 

The dial detail, showing the words in cursive script "International Watch Co", instead of the "IWC imprinted on modern IWC dials.

The dial detail, showing the words in cursive script “International Watch Co”, instead of the “IWC imprinted on modern IWC dials.

 

The dial features raised Arabic numerals in 18 carat red gold, leaf hands, “International Watch Co” in cursive script and running seconds at the 6 o ‘clock position. This all can be viewed through the front Acrylic glass (PMMA) crystal.

 

The movement: Caliber 92800.

The movement: Caliber 92800 is from new old stock of ebauches of C.982 which was featured in IWC’s 125th Anniversary Jubilee issue of the Portuguese. The movement is a full bridge movement, and refinished.

 

The Calibre 92800 is hand wound, runs at a frequency of 18,000 beats per hour 2.5 Hz, 18 jewels, and small hacking seconds. Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms, Breguet spring and plate and bridge made of Nickel-silver. Power Reserve of 46 Hours.

 

The "Revolution" red star and the engraving on the ratchet wheel.

The “Revolution” red star and the engraving on the ratchet wheel.

 

On the ratchet wheel, “REVOLUTION 10th Anniversary” has been specially engraved and can viewed through the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback.

A unique piece of the Portuguese Hand-wound Special Edition “REVOLUTION 10th Anniversary” will be put up for auction by IWC Schaffhausen in early 2015. All sale proceeds from this auction piece will benefit Operation Smile, an international medical initiative that seeks to provide free surgery to correct cleft-lip and cleft-palate facial deformities in children around the world.

The unique edition of 10 pieces, is available only at selected IWC flagship boutiques (Singapore, New York, Hong Kong). The retail price is S$29,000 including GST in Singapore.

 

A wrist shot on the petite wrist of Revolution Magazine's Editor in Chief.

A wrist shot on the petite wrist of Revolution Magazine’s Editor in Chief.

 

The Jubilee Edition is highly coveted by collectors of IWC and we have a feeling these 10 pieces will be snapped up very quickly!

 

Specifications from Press Release

IWC Portuguese REF. IW544001

Movement

  • Hand-wound
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Glucydur®* beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms
  • Breguet spring
  • Plate and bridge made of nickel-silver – Limited to 10 watches
  • Ratchet wheel with special engraving “REVOLUTION · 10THANNIVERSARY”
  • IWC-manufactured Calibre 98200
  • Frequency: 18,000 A/h / 2.5 Hz
  • 18 Jewels
  • 46-hour power reserve

Materials

  • Case and numerals in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, brown
    alligator leather strap, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
  • Glass Acrylic glass (PMMA)
  • Back See-through sapphire-glass
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Thickness: 9.8 mm
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