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IWC celebrates the 75th anniversary of an icon

The new 2015 Portugieser collection

Date2015-01-19T05:30:00

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IWC 75 Years Portugieser

In 2015, IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser: a genuine watchmaking icon steeped in tradition. To mark the occasion, the new collection sports a wealth of technological and aesthetic modifications and new features. The newly designed annual calendar celebrates its debut and the perpetual calendar complication with its large digital date display is likewise welcomed into the watch family. The newly developed IWC-manufactured 52000-calibre family features in four models in the latest Portugieser collection.

2015
THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PORTUGIESER

Highlights from the new collection:

With the Portugieser Annual Calendar (Ref. 5035), IWC establishes another attractive complication.

A new addition to the Portugieser line is the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date Month Edition “75th Anniversary” (Ref. 3972), which has a large digital display for the date and month.

The purist design of the Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary” (Ref. 5102) is strongly reminiscent of the original Portugieser from the 1930s.

IWC Portuguese Annual Calendar
—Portugieser Annual Calendar (Ref. 5035)
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month
—Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition "75th Anniversary" (Ref. 3972)
IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days "75th Anniversary"
—Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "75th Anniversary" (Ref. 5102)
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2011

PORTUGIESER SIDÉRALE SCAFUSIA (REF. 5041)
ALL-ROUND EXCLUSIVENESS

The most exclusive and complicated mechanical watch ever made by IWC. Its numerous features included a constant-force tourbillon, perpetual calendar with leap year display and absolute day of the year, celestial chart showing horizon, ecliptic and celestial equator, solar time, sidereal time, sunrise and sunset together with displays for day, night and twilight.

Portuguese Siderale Scafusia

 

IWC Portuguese Grande Complication

2010

PORTUGIESER GRANDE COMPLICATION (REF. 3774)
THE SOUL OF COMPLEXITY

The Portugieser Grande Complication has a dazzling array of technical features and a total of 20 different displays and functions, all made possible by the precise interplay of 659 mechanical parts. This model also featured a minute repeater and perpetual calendar with a perpetual moon phase display.

 

2010

PORTUGIESER YACHT CLUB CHRONOGRAPH (REF. 3902)
FOR THE SPORTING LIFE

In 2010, IWC celebrated another “Portugieser” year with a host of fascinating new products. The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph took up the 1967 Yacht Club Automatic tradition and brought a touch of sporting flair to the Portugieser family.

IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph

 

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2010

PORTUGIESER TOURBILLON MYSTÈRE RÉTROGRADE (REF. 5044)
VEILED IN SECRECY

The Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde combines the magic of a floating tourbillon with the logic of a date hand that reverts to its starting position. The original date display generates a special awareness for the final days of the month.

 

2007

PORTUGIESER REGULATEUR (REF. 5444)
METICULOUSLY PRECISE

The unusual arrangement of the dials in the Portugieser Regulateur references the tradition of observatory clocks. To ensure that the slowly moving hour hand does not cover the seconds display in the lower part of the dial for too long, the hand was placed in a subdial at “12 o’clock”.

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IWC Portuguese Automatic F. A. Jones

2005

PORTUGIESER F. A. JONES (REF. 5442)
TRADITION THROUGH AND THROUGH

The hand-wound Portugieser F. A. Jones was a classic tribute to the founder of the Schaffhausen-based watch manufacturing company. Its in-house 98290 calibre cited some of the design cues of the first Jones movements, such as the elongated index and the three-quarter bridge decorated with Geneva stripes.

 

2004

PORTUGIESER TOURBILLON MYSTÈRE (REF. 5042)
AN AIR OF MYSTERY

The “flying” tourbillon, so called because it is bearing-mounted on one side only, is one of the most beautiful and best-loved watch complications of them all. Consisting of 82 parts, the tourbillon in its filigree cage appears to hover in mid-air against a black background.

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IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar

2003

PORTUGIESER PERPETUAL CALENDAR (REF. 5021)
INNOVATION AT ITS FINEST

The Portugieser with its newly designed perpetual calendar was another compelling demonstration of IWC innovation at its best. The timepiece combined the perpetual calendar with a perpetual moon phase display and the 7-day power reserve of the Pellaton pawl winding system.

 

2000

PORTUGIESER AUTOMATIC 2000 (REF. 5000)
STAYING POWER

The IWC-manufactured 7-day 5000 calibre took five years to develop and marked a technological quantum leap in the history of automatic movements. Among other things, it incorporated the bidirectional Pellaton winding system and a balance with a Breguet spring for maximum precision.

IWC Portuguese Automatic 2000

 

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1995

PORTUGIESER CHRONO-RATTRAPANTE (REF. 3712)
TWO-TIMER

In a split-seconds mechanism, the split-seconds hand can be stopped at any time and then synchronized with the chronograph hand by pushing the button again. This permits the recording of two separate times, precisely to the second, within any given minute.

 

1995

PORTUGIESER MINUTE REPEATER (REF. 5240)
CHIMING OUT THE TIME

The minute repeater is one of the most sophisticated and emotive watchmaking complications of them all. The crystal-clear tone of the two gongs is a conscious anachronism, a fond reminder of the days when, at the striking of the clock, people counted the chimes to find out what the time was.

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IWC Portuguese

1993

ANNIVERSARY EDITION (REF. 5441)
A STUNNING RENAISSANCE

On the occasion of IWC’s 125th anniversary in 1993, the watch family was reborn. It saw the launch of a special edition known as the “Portugieser”. It took up the theme of the “men’s pocket watch” of the 1930s and incorporated a simple dial design with a voluminous pocket watch movement.

 

1967

YACHT CLUB AUTOMATIC (REF. 811 A/AD)
ROBUSTNESS EMBODIED

Exclusive, robust and ideal for everyday use: the Yacht Club was built to take the hardships of life on the high seas in its stride. Its movement featuring the Pellaton winding system was spring-suspended in the case and mounted on rubber buffers and thus doubly shockproof.

IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

 

IWC Original Portuguese

1939

POCKET-WATCH-STYLE WRISTWATCH (REF. 325)
THE ORIGINAL PORTUGIESER

In the 1930s, its simple, classic design was way ahead of its time. The purist dial was style-defining while its pocket watch movement established new standards for precision and was the pioneer for the oversize wristwatches so popular today.

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