Meet the fourteenth watch made by IWC Schaffhausen on the side of a good aim, “ Laureus Sport for Good ” – a foundation that depends on sports to help youngsters and youngsters overcome brutality, segregation and weakness in their lives. Following numerous blue-hued watches , like this exceptional Mark XVIII or this Chronograph Yacht Club , today the brand discloses a watch that indeed will profit the most powerless. What’s more, there’s more, horologically speaking, as it is likewise an extraordinary model in the Portugieser assortment. Let’s have a more critical gander at the new IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” IW515301.
This new watch follows a since quite a while ago settled custom for IWC, on the side of the social sports projects run by its accomplice, Laureus Sport for Good. This task, established under the Patronage of Nelson Mandela, accepts that sport, a savvy however integral asset, can assist youngsters with battling a wide range of demonstrations of savagery, segregations and disservices. This foundation depends on an enormous arrangement of accomplices, which incorporates IWC, partaking now for the fourteenth time in succession, with a standard blue-themed watch. However, this year, the watch being referred to is very exceptional, since it isn’t only another dial on a current model, yet it is an uncommon form of the exemplary Portugieser.
The IWC Portugieser is the most famous model in the brand’s territory. It has existed in different varieties, with 3-hand developments, programmed or hand-wound, with tourbillons, QPs, chronographs and rattrapante. What we have today is a Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher. The individuals who know somewhat about IWC will surely perceive this development, however it never made it into this collection.
New model, Familiar “Laureus” design
This new model, named IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” IW515301 (a significant name, in reality), shares its development with a watch from 2015, the IW5151 Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph . Just accessible in gold, this watch remained something of a mystery and is presently out of the assortment. In any case, one can’t deny a certain horological interest in this piece, which goes a couple of steps past the customary programmed chronograph. However, more on the mechanics later.
This new Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” IW515301 is above all else a Portugieser. This implies that we’ll locate all the exemplary components of the assortment, adjusted for the event. The case is enormous and measures 46mm in breadth with the mark plan of the Portugieser. The bezel is nearly inexistent and combined with the distance across, it makes for a watch with presence. The hauls are moderately short and bended, considering comfort. The case is done with a combination of cleaned and brushed surfaces. The most striking component is, as excepted, the crown that is utilized both for winding and setting tasks yet in addition to enact or stop the chronograph.
Like all Laureus-themed watches, this IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher highlights a blue dial with a sunray-brushed example. Other than that, the exemplary components of the assortment have been incorporated, for example, the notable Arabic numerals and the leaf-formed hands. Both are rhodium-plated for a decent differentiation with the dial. On account of the size of the case and the development, the showcase is clear and proportioned. The sub-dials or the date window are not “lost” in the dial however positioned where they ought to. The showcase comprises of a little seconds at 6 o’clock, a 60-minute recorder for the chronograph at 12 o’clock, a date at 3 o’clock and a force save marker at 9 o’clock – irreplaceable given the colossal measure of force in this movement.
Turning the watch over, there’s no sapphire gem to uncover the development – yet it is for a good aim. The caseback is engraved with the triumphant plan from the yearly IWC drawing competition for members of Laureus projects. This year, the jury chose a drawing by 15-year old Yi Xin from China as the triumphant passage with a moving depiction of kinship. Yi is a member in the “Uncommon Olympics China” program. This Laureus-upheld project offers preparing in Olympic sports disciplines for youngsters and grown-ups with mental disabilities.
So, despite the fact that the development is covered up, it is nevertheless one of the extraordinary motors done by IWC. Albeit this type 59360 was infrequently utilized by the brand – just in the Portofino range – its base is the notable 8-day power hold, hand-wound, time-and-date type 592xx, which has been utilized in both Portofino models and in Portugieser hand-wound watches, for example, this IWC 150th Anniversary edition or in the magnificent Portugieser 75th Anniversary model .
On top of this huge development that can save to 192 hours of energy, a slender chronograph module has been adjusted, with a gigantic section haggle noticeable switches and pinion wheels. The explicitness of this development is its “monopusher” development, implying that just one catch is utilized to execute the beginning/stop/reset elements of the chronograph.
Price and availability
The new IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (reference IW515301) is worn on a Black Santoni crocodile leather tie with a steel collapsing catch. It will be restricted to 500 pieces around the world. Cost will be CHF 17,000.
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