This year, 2018, International Watch Company or short IWC commends its 150th commemoration and therefore, it has dispatched a large group of commemoration models (see here in our IWC area ) and meanwhile there’s been a new Pilot’s Watch Chronograph with creme-hued (vintage style) markers and hands and a “Laureus Edition” dark ceramic Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII . And keeping in mind that the whole year will be about the 150th commemoration, the Schaffhausen-based brand actually adds some other oddities to the assortment. There’s a new form of the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar in platinum and a steel Portugieser Automatic, that looks precisely like the more seasoned platinum rendition of this watch.
IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Platinum IW503406
Three years prior IWC presented a new motor for its Portugieser Perpetual Calendar, and it was improved with a twofold origin barrel, ceramic metal rollers and strong gold programmed winding rotor. On the dial side, the cherished “double moon” moon-stage marker restored (the primary version of this QP accompanied a twofold moon stage) and was currently encircled by a ‘starry night’. Since there was no platinum release of this enormous, however comfortable wearing QP, it is presently being added again.
IWC type 52615 with twin barrels for a 7-day power hold Perpetual Calendar component, initially created by Kurt Klaus
Like most platinum versions of the Portugieser assortment, it includes a silver dial and rhodium-plated hands and Arabic numerals for hour markers, bringing about a rather monochromatic look. A perfect look and watchful also, in spite of its robust size of 44.2mm in measurement and 14.9mm in tallness. The platinum Portugieser Perpetual will retail around EUR 50,000.
IWC Portugieser Automatic Steel IW500712
The second new model that IWC presents is a new form of the Portugieser Automatic in tempered steel (under the reference IW500712). The same old thing regarding innovation, or even plan, aside from one factor: the hands and hour markers (Arabic numerals) are rhodium-plated. Stop the presses! While you may think this is no huge news by any means, I was some place in the middle of bouncing for euphoria and being in stun. Wanna know why?
Well, the silver dial and rhodium-plated hands are typically held for the platinum variants in the Portugieser assortment. The platinum form of the Portugieser Automatic, consistently with its notable dial format and seven-day power save, came as a restricted release of 250 pieces (in the year 2000) and later again as a restricted version of 500 pieces. While these are just available to be purchased on the recycled market for approx. EUR 20k, you would now be able to purchase a hardened steel form that appears to be identical. I’m not in the situation to chat for the benefit of the (altogether) 750 individuals who own the platinum adaptation, yet I can envision that they are not bouncing for joy…
Again the same old thing regarding innovation, plan, or anything, this is the equivalent (refreshed) Portugieser Automatic that was dispatched in 2015. The fundamental distinction is that the silver dial form currently additionally comes with rhodium-plated hands and hour markers. With this watchful looking combination this is most likely the most attractive Portugieser Automatic right now. This new Portugieser Automatic Steel IW500712 will cost precisely equivalent to the other steel variants of this watch, which means EUR 12,900.
More data at www.iwc.com .