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Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde

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The Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde is a mysteriously attractive timepiece with a flying tourbillon and retrograde date display that automatically reverts to its starting position at the end of the month. The seven-day power reserve display tells the wearer how much energy remains in the IWC-manufactured 51900 calibre. The limited edition watch is available in red gold and platinum.

Highlights

  • Limited edition of 250 watches in platinum and 500 watches in 18-carat red gold
  • Power Reserve Display
  • Retrograde Date Display
  • Minute Tourbillon
  • Diameter 44.2 mm

Price: $116,000 — $141,000

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A MARRIAGE OF MYSTERY AND GLAMOUR

With an appearance as magical as it is distinctive, the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde is guaranteed to attract inquisitive glances. Watch lovers will be particularly fascinated by the unusual arrangement of the flying tourbillon, consisting of 82 parts, against a deep black background, creating the illusion that the filigree cage containing the balance is rotating in mid-air. Set in a mirror-finished ring, “12 o’clock” appears to come alive and forms the optical centrepiece of the entire dial. The retrograde date display is not only an original complication but also makes a good deal of sense, because a conventional date disc would conceal the tourbillon. After the 31st of the month, it automatically jumps back to the 1st; in shorter months, the hand can be directly advanced until it reverts to the 1st. On the right-hand side of the dial, the seven-day power reserve display indicates how much energy remains in the IWC-manufactured 51900 calibre. As befitting a timepiece of this quality, the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde comes in a glamorous red gold case with a silver-plated dial and in platinum with a dial in ruthenium black.

Variations

Details

  • Reference IW504401
  • Case Material platinum
  • Bracelet/Strap black alligator leather strap
  • Dial Colour ruthenium black
  • Jewels 44
  • Calibre 51900
  • Price $141,000
  • Limited edition of 250 watches in platinum
  • Mechanical movement
  • Pellaton automatic winding
  • IWC-manufactured 51900 calibre (50000-calibre family)
  • 7-day power reserve when fully wound
  • Power reserve display
  • Retrograde date display
  • Flying minute tourbillon
  • Glucydur®* beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms
  • Breguet spring
  • Rotor with 18-carat gold medallion
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • See-through sapphire-glass back
  • Water-resistant 3 bar
  • Case height 15.5 mm
  • Diameter 44.2 mm
  • *IWC Schaffhausen is not the owner of the Glucydur® trademark.

  • Reference IW504402
  • Case Material 18-carat red gold
  • Bracelet/Strap dark brown alligator leather strap
  • Dial Colour silver-plated
  • Jewels 44
  • Calibre 51900
  • Price $116,000
  • Limited edition of 500 watches in 18-carat red gold
  • Mechanical movement
  • Pellaton automatic winding
  • IWC-manufactured 51900 calibre (50000-calibre family)
  • 7-day power reserve when fully wound
  • Power reserve display
  • Retrograde date display
  • Flying minute tourbillon
  • Glucydur®* beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on balance arms
  • Breguet spring
  • Rotor with 18-carat gold medallion
  • Sapphire glass, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
  • See-through sapphire-glass back
  • Water-resistant 3 bar
  • Case height 15.5 mm
  • Diameter 44.2 mm
  • *IWC Schaffhausen is not the owner of the Glucydur® trademark.

Watch Viewer

  • IW504401 Watch Front
  • IW504401 Watch Back
  • IW504402 Watch Front
  • IW504402 Watch Back

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Tourbillon

The tourbillon – or, as it literally translates, the “whirlwind” – has long been considered the ultimate achievement in mechanical watchmaking. Originally, this most exclusive of all watch complications was intended to offset the gravitational error inevitable in an oscillating system with a balance and spring by distributing the error evenly over a single plane. The solution: to put the balance, pallets and escape wheel in a tiny cage that would then rotate around its own axis once every minute. The construction of this mechanism represents an enormous challenge, and results in a filigree work of art consisting of 82 parts. In the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde, the tourbillon at “12 o’clock” appears to come alive and is the focal point of the entire dial.

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