The International Watch Company, better known as IWC, is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year. Marking the occasion in its own inimitable style, the company created a special Jubilee collection, featuring an impressive 27 new limited-edition references with white or blue lacquered dials and two new in-house calibres. We couldn’t possibly cover all of those watches in one article, so instead we’ve decided to highlight a few of our favourites that we think you’re going to like too.
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” – Ref. IW371601 & IW371602
First on our list is without a doubt one of the most stylish modern-day chronographs, which has remained in the IWC collection since its introduction in the early 1990’s. Available with a special blue (IW371601) or white (IW371602) lacquered dial, both versions of the new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Edition “150 Years” created a lot of buzz when they were unveiled at SIHH 2018 earlier this year.
The stunning dials have been created using a special process that involves the application of up to 12 coats of transparent lacquer, firing in an oven and then manual flat-polishing to create an enamel-like effect. The layout of the dials themselves remains unchanged from the original model, with the hours, minutes and chronograph seconds shown centrally, whilst running seconds is shown on a sub-dial at 6 o’clock and elapsed chronograph minutes is shown on a sub-dial at 12 o’clock.
What is different, however, and quite significantly so, is the movement inside. IWC has introduced the new calibre 69355, based on the same integrated/column-wheel architecture used on the IWC Ingenieur chronograph. Built in-house from the ground-up, this automatic movement features 27 jewels and oscillates at 4hz for a 46-hour power reserve. Visible through a sapphire display-back, the movement displays a special jubilee medallion in 18-carat gold embedded in the rotor.
View the Watch (IW371601) here
View the Watch (IW371602) here
IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “150 Years” – Ref. IW510212
Keeping with the Bauhaus-inspired Portugieser family for the moment, we turn our attention to a piece created for lovers of hand-wound watches, the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “150 Years”. A timeless classic, the Portugieser is coveted by collectors for its clean design and understated style. Presented in a round, stainless steel case measuring 43.2mm in diameter and 12.3mm in height, it makes a statement on the wrist without raising its voice.
The white lacquered dial – created exclusively for the Jubilee collection – displays the hours and minutes centrally, with running seconds shown on a slightly recessed sub-dial at six o’clock. All hands are made from blued steel, providing a wonderful sense of contrast, whilst the date is subtly displayed at 3 o’clock.
Turning the watch over, a sapphire display back reveals the manually-wound, in-house 59215 Calibre, which offers an impressive 8 days of power reserve when fully wound. Equipped with 30 jewels, a Breguet spring and oscillating at 28,800 v/ph it features a power reserve indicator on the movement side, so you check on the remaining power. This watch is available in a limited edition of 1,000 pieces in steel.
View the watch (IW510212) here
IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition “150 Years” – Ref. IW516405
Rounding out our initial selection is the exceptional IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition “150 Years” (IW516405). Presented in a 45mm round case crafted from steel, it features a striking blue lacquered dial. To emphasise the monochromatic effect, IWC has removed the red highlights found on the dials of the non-limited versions, creating a distinctive aesthetic that is subdued yet sophisticated.
Hours and minutes are displayed centrally, with small seconds shown on the sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Balancing this perfectly is the extremely precise moon phase display just below 12 o’clock, which will only deviate from the actual phase of the moon by just 1 day in 577.5 years (assuming the watch is kept continually running). At 9 o’clock a power reserve indicator keeps track of the 8 days of power reserve, while the date is shown via an aperture at 3 o’clock.
If you turn the watch over, you will discover the inner workings of the manual-wind, IWC-manufactured 59800 Calibre. Beautifully finished with Geneva stripes and perlage, the movement is equipped with 30 jewels and oscillates at 4hz. When fully wound the movement offers 192 hours of power (8-days) and has been designed to stop running before the reduced torque can cause it to start operating inaccurately. This means that you can safely wind the watch once a week without fear of doing any damage. Completing the look is of course the special jubilee medallion in 18-carat gold. Presented on a black Santoni leather strap, this model is also a limited edition.
View the watch here
To learn more about these and other IWC models available from Berry’s and to pre-order your favourite(s) from the new collection, please visit any one of our eight showrooms or enquire online.