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SIHH 2015: IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” (Updated with Prices)

by Nick Gould on January 20, 2015

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Portugieser, IWC has released a special edition to mark the occasion, the Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary”.  The design of this limited anniversary edition is almost identical to that of its predecessor.

The new Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” Ref. IW510205 and IW510206) is a homage to a version of the original Portugieser that until now has been fairly  unknown. Fortunately, an original version of this model had remained in a private collection, and was a source of inspiration for IWC’s designers.

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Ref. IW510205 in stainless steel with black dial

This historic piece features all the attributes which have defined the appearance of the Portugieser to this day: Arabic numerals, slim feuille hands,railway-track-style chapter ring and small seconds at “6 o’clock”. However, the inner chapter ring, hour indices and Arabic numerals are aesthetically very prominent in gold brown with black edging.  A new feature is the date display on the subdial at “6 o’clock”: in the 21st century, that level of convenience is de rigueur in a watch.

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Ref. IW510206 in 18 carat red gold

IWC’s in-house 59215- calibre movement, which measures a stately 37.8 millimetres in diameter, reliably supplies the watch with energy for 8 days. Actually, it would be almost 9 days, were it not for an intelligent system that blocks the movement after the first 192 hours, or precisely 8 days.

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The in-house 59215- calibre from IWC with 8 days power reserve

The Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” will be available in a limited edition of 175 watches in 18-carat red gold with a silver-plated dial (Ref. IW510206);the stainless-steel version with a black dial (Ref. IW510205) is limited to 750 watches. All models are fitted with exclusive alligator leather straps produced by Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni.

The Stainless Steel model will retail for SGD$ 15,800 lincluding GST and the Rose Gold Model for SGD$ 29,500 including GST

Specifications from Press Release

FEATURES

  • 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

MOVEMENT

  • IWC-manufactured calibre 59215
  • Frequency 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
  • 30 Jewels
  • Power reserve 8 days (192 h)
  • Winding hand-wound

WATCH

Materials

  • 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
    Glass sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
  • Water-resistant 3 bar
  • Diameter 43 mm
  • Case height 12 mm
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