Date — 25 September, 2013
Schaffhausen, 25 September 2013 – With its third new Portuguese model for this year, Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen makes another exciting addition to this technically sophisticated watch family. The optical features of the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days in red gold and stainless steel make it an unmistakable part of this top-quality design line.
The Portuguese watch family from IWC Schaffhausen has one of the longest and far-reaching traditions of them all and is the epitome of clarity, purist elegance and innovation, combined with precision and state-of-the-art mechanics. At the same time, the Portuguese timepieces hark back to bygone days, when the spirit of discovery drove fearless seafarers to exchange the safety of the harbour for the open seas and to give in to their longing for exploring uncharted territories. The Portuguese watches still carry this gene, this irresistible yearning for travel, to this day. But, above all, this IWC collection with its precision instruments acknowledges ongoing technical development and presents an extensive range of elegant timepieces.
The Portuguese watch family from IWC Schaffhausen has one of the longest and far-reaching traditions of them all and is the epitome of clarity, purist elegance and innovation, combined with precision and state-of-the-art mechanics.
The latest addition to the family is the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days (Ref. IW510204/IW510202/IW510203). It owes its classic look to the new case design twinned with an arched-edge front glass. The Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days in red gold (Ref. IW510204) with its silver-plated dial, Arabic numerals and the characteristic feuille hands is the essence of simple aesthetics. The signal-red “60” in the seconds dial is a small, but attractive detail. The sister models in stainless steel feature a black (Ref. IW510202) or silver-plated dial (Ref. IW510203) with rhodium-plated numerals and hands. Features common to both include the typical railway-track-style chapter ring and the IWC manufactured 59215 calibre. This movement, a member of the 59000-calibre family, is a modern design featuring conspicuous bridges and plates and guarantees the high level of ruggedness and reliability required in a watch designed for everyday use. In addition to this, the watch has a very long power reserve, allowing it to run for exactly 192 hours – or 8 days – without needing to be rewound. Precisely how much time remains before the owner needs to wind the crown can be read off the power reserve display visible through the sapphire-glass back on the reverse side of the watch. This sophisticated arrangement ensures that the dial retains its uncluttered, purist clarity.
Leather straps made by Italian luxury shoe manufacturer Santoni underscore the unusual character of the new Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days. The versions in stainless steel are fitted with black straps, while the red gold model comes with a strap in dark brown. The renowned Italian shoe brand, now run by the second generation of the family, Giuseppe Santoni, uses a complicated manufacturing process to give its leather the characteristic patina. The technique leaves the leather looking as if it had already enjoyed several years of use by a careful owner, despite the fact that it is brand new. The same idea applies to the straps Santoni produces exclusively for IWC. Apart from the subtle gradation of colours, characteristic of the brand, the exquisite straps are also recognizable from the orangecoloured leather lining.
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