With IWC presenting so many restricted edition references for its 150th commemoration this year (there are 27 altogether), it’s been difficult work picking a top choice. The blue dial Portugieser Chronograph is positively high on the rundown, as obviously is the Tribute to Pallweber . In the event that I needed to pick only one, notwithstanding, I figure it would need to be the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Edition “150 Years” (IW503405). Striking plan, viable complexity and a dial I could gaze at for quite a long time, it truly offers a great deal of watch for the money.
As you have just perused on many occasions at this point, IWC is commending its 150th commemoration. To stamp the event, the company has made a restricted edition Jubilee assortment comprised of in excess of two dozen references with uncommon white or blue lacquered dials. The completion on the dials is accomplished by amounting to 12 layers of straightforward finish, terminating in a broiler and afterward manual level cleaning to make a polish like effect.
The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Edition “150 Years” is just accessible with the white polish dial, which I think bodes well given the degree of signs showed. Try not to misunderstand me, the monochromatic blue dial models look thrilling, however they don’t give as much difference as the white dials, which I think could make the ‘busier’ watches more hard to read.
From a specialized point of view, the restricted edition Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Edition “150 Years” is generally unaltered from the standard model (IW503302). Introduced in a similar 18k red gold case, estimating 44.2mm x 14.9mm, it’s certainly not a little watch on the wrist, but rather it’s still very comfortable, and the bigger size implies there’s a lot of space for all the different signs appeared on the dial. Furthermore, what a dial it is.
The white polish looks hair-raising and makes the blued hands and different blue features truly pop. Hours and minutes are shown halfway, while little seconds are appeared on the inward track of the sub-dial at 9 o’clock. On the external track of that equivalent sub-dial are the times of the week for the perpetual calendar. Straightforwardly across at 3 o’clock is another sub-dial lodging the force hold pointer and the date, while the month is appeared on a third sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The year is shown in four digits through a gap just under 8 o’clock.
The principle feature of the dial is, obviously, the perpetual moon stage show at 12 o’clock, highlighting synchronous presentations for the northern and southern halves of the globe. This is distinctive to the standard model, which simply shows the moon stage in a solitary side of the equator. A bit ‘N’ and an ‘S’ demonstrate every half of the globe. Incredibly precise, this perpetual calendar show won’t require adjustment until the year 2100 (accepting the watch is kept ceaselessly running, which is exceptionally unlikely).
Turning the watch over uncovers the IWC-produced 52615 Caliber, noticeable through the sapphire showcase back. A variety of the 52000 type family, which is found in various Portugieser watches, it includes a bidirectional Pellaton pawl-winding framework and two barrels, bringing about a solid 7-day power save. The winding pawls and the programmed wheel are made of dark artistic, while the rotor bearing is made of white ceramic, significantly decreasing the wear on the winding framework. IWC’s perpetual calendar module, first created by amazing watchmaker Kurt Klaus in the mid 1980’s, sits on top of this base movement.
Finishing of the development is downplayed in the conventional IWC style, professional without being over the top giving a pleasant setting to the 18kt red gold rotor. Working at a consistent 4Hz, the development is furnished with 54 gems and highlights the “150 years” restricted edition etching on the rotor and around the case back. To complete the look, the watch is worn on a dark croc leather lash by Santoni.
Eye-getting on the wrist, it certainly takes some certainty to wear the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Edition “150 Years” (IW503405). Actually, I love it, albeit clearly, I was unable to see myself wearing it consistently. Accessible in a restricted edition of 250 pieces, estimating is set at EUR 40,200.