IWC Portugieser

Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound Edition "D.H. Craig USA"

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  • Reference IW546306
  • Case Material 18-carat red gold
  • Bracelet/Strap black alligator leather strap
  • Dial Colour silver-plated
  • Jewels 21
  • Calibre 98900
  • Mechanical movement
  • Hand-wound
  • IWC-manufactured 98900 calibre (98000-calibre family)
  • 54-hour power reserve when fully wound
  • Flying minute tourbillon at 9 o’clock
  • Small hacking seconds
  • Breguet spring
  • Sapphire glass, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
  • See-through sapphire-glass back
  • Alligator leather strap by Santoni
  • Limited to 27 timepieces
  • Water-resistant 3 bar
  • Case height 11 mm
  • Diameter 43 mm

The 98000-Calibre Family

The 98 calibre, which was manufactured from the mid-1930s for the hunter pocket watch, has been regularly improved by IWC for over 80 years. Since it is so ideally suited for large hand-wound wristwatches, it is no coincidence that it is very closely associated with the story of the Portuguese wristwatches. One of the highlights in the calibre’s history was the anniversary Portuguese wristwatch unveiled in 1993 with the 9828 calibre, which among other things featured a balance with shock-resistance. With an elongated index and a modern shock-absorbing system, the 98290 calibre, first used in the Portuguese F. A. Jones in 2005, combines tradition and technological progress. Movements from the 98000-calibre family are also found in the Portuguese Minute Repeater and the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound.

*IWC Schaffhausen is not the owner of the Glucydur® trademark

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN HONORS ITS AMERICAN FOUNDER

The special edition carries the description “D. H. Craig USA.” The same name was engraved on the exquisite Jones 2N Pattern H caliber. This was a tribute by Jones to his uncle Daniel Hastings Craig, a successful businessman and role model who probably also offered financial support when his nephew established his Swiss watchmaking company. As part of the launch of the special edition, IWC will also restore a historic street clock in New York City together with the organization Save America’s Clocks and display a small special exhibition in the IWC boutiques in New York and Los Angeles.

The Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound Edition “D. H. Craig USA” (Ref. IW546306) is limited to 27 timepieces – a number that stands for the age of Jones when he founded IWC in Schaffhausen. The red gold case, silver-plated dial and black alligator leather strap by Santoni give the watch a refined, timeless appearance. The timepiece is driven by the IWC-manufactured hand-wound 98900 caliber with a 54-hour power reserve. The minute tourbillon at “9 o’clock” eliminates the influence of gravity on the balance, ensuring a high level of precision in combination with a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour. The Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound Edition “D. H. Craig USA” is exclusively available from IWC boutiques and authorized retailers in the United States from October 2016. In addition to the watch, each customer will receive a numbered Santoni passport holder as a reminder of Jones’s journey to Europe as a young man and a copy of the book “F. A. Jones – His Life, Legacy and Watches,” too.

reference 5463

The flying minute tourbillon puts on a show no one can resist. The IWC-manufactured movement is firmly in the tradition of the 98 calibre, first designed for pocket watches in the 1930s and continuously improved ever since. The arched-edge front glass and the Santoni strap give the watch a more classical and balanced appearance.

Highlights

  • MECHANICAL MOVEMENT
  • HAND-WOUND
  • 54-HOUR POWER RESERVE
  • ALLIGATOR LEATHER STRAP BY SANTONI
  • Limited edition of 27 watches
  • DIAMETER 43 MM

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