IWC Schaffhausen announced several novelties from the new Jubilee Collection, designed exclusively to commemorate the brand’s 150th anniversary. SIHH 2018 exhibition is set for the launch of the rest of the new models, which contains references to the current product groups of the famous brand like Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watches and Da Vinci model families.
During the event, which was held at the new factory that the brand is currently constructing, our Executive Editor Serdar OAL had the privilege to see the announced models in person among other exclusive press members from all over the world.
The collection, which is designed to commemorate this occasion, also features a special model inspired by the Pallweber pocket watches of the late 1800s.The new model is the brand’s first wrist watch with digital hour and minute displays.
The common feature of all the models in the collection is their multi-layer lacquer in blue or white colors. Inspired by the Ref. IW325 an early model from the Portuguiser Collection, the dials, which reminds the vintage enamel dials, are accompanied by blue hands on the white ones and rhodium-plated hands on the blue ones. All the models are offered with black alligator straps and also bear the Jubilee insignia “150 Years”, either as a medallion or as an engraving.
THE PORTUGUESE WRISTWATCH (1954)
One of the most notable members of the new collection is the IWC TRIBUTE TO PALLWEBER "150 YEARS" (Ref. IW505002). The model, inspired by Pallweber pocket watches, made in the style of jumping numerals used in 1884 and displayed digitally, is also the brand’s first digital display wristwatch.
SAVONNETTE POCKET WATCH PALLWEBER (1886)
The 18K pink gold case features a white dial with lacquered finish, white hour and minute discs and a blue second hand. The model, which is limited to 250 units only, is powered by the Caliber Ref. 94200. Hand-wound movement beats at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound.
Price: 36.500 EURO
Another remarkable model in the collection is the PORTUGIESER CONSTANT-FORCE TOURBILLON EDITION "150 YEARS" (Ref. IW590202).The model is limited to 15 units only. Offered in a platinum case with a white lacquer dial and a set of blued hands, the model ticks with the brand’s in-house movement Caliber Ref. 94805. Hand-wound Tourbillon movement offers 96 hours of power reserve when fully wound and only needs to be adjusted by 1 day after 577.5 years.
Price: 255.000 EURO
One of the models in the special collection is the PORTUGIESER PERPETUAL CALENDAR TOURBILLON EDITION "150 YEARS" (Ref. IW504501) model, which brings together the perpetual calendar and Tourbillon features in the same dial for the first time in the brand’s history. The model is limited to only 50 pieces and comes in an 18K pink gold case accompanied with a white lacquer dial and a set of blue hands. The new model is powered by the self-winding Caliber Ref. 51950. Offering a power reserve of 7 days when fully wound, the movement sports the Tourbillon escapement at 12 o’clock and month disc at 6 o’clock.
Price: 110.000 EURO
The VINCI AUTOMATIC MOON PHASE 36 EDITION "150 YEARS" (Ref. IW459304) model in the collection offers details referring to the brand’s elaborately decorated jewellery watches. It comes with an 18K pink gold case that houses the white lacquer dial and the blue hands. The model comes with a moon phase indicator at 12 o’clock. The model’s case is set with a total 206 diamonds (2.26 carats) including the lugs. The model is limited to 50 pieces only and powered with the self-winding Caliber Ref. 35800 offering 42 hours of power reserve when fully wound.
Price: 29.800 EURO
Another Da Vinci model in the new collection is DA VINCI AUTOMATIC EDITION "150 YEARS" (Ref. IW358102). Available in stainless steel case, the model is accompanied by a blue lacquer dial and rhodium plated hands. The model ticks with the brand’s fresh movement Caliber Ref.82200. The self-winding movement offers a power reserve of 60 hours when fully wound. Featuring a skeletonized oscillating rotor that reveals its highly decorated components, the new movement is virtually wear free thanks to its ceramic parts such as the pawls or the cam.
Price: 9.500 EURO