IWC Schaffhausen launches the night sky for your wrist

Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

Date — 2 September, 2011

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—Around 80 journalists representing the international trade press gathered in Schaffhausen to be initiated into the mysteries of the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

Schaffhausen, 1 September 2011 – Today, IWC Schaffhausen presents the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia, the most exclusive and complicated watch ever created by IWC. After ten years of intensive research, the Swiss watch manufacturer has succeeded in combining solar time with sidereal time in a single watch. Around 80 journalists representing the international trade press gathered in Schaffhausen to be initiated into the mysteries of this complex timepiece.

Today at IWC headquarters in Schaffhausen, the world of watchmaking meets for the launch of a unique timepiece, the most complex ever created by IWC. “The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia is a universal work of art and the result of ten years’ research by a team of engineers, watchmakers and scientists,” explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “They have succeeded in combining solar time and sidereal time on a single dial. From the front, this fascinating masterpiece is a classical Portuguese watch, from the reverse side an astronomical instrument and, on the inside, a milestone in the art of Haute Horlogerie.” But perhaps even more fascinating than the number and combination of the complications is the notion that every single watch is unmistakably unique. The patented constant-force tourbillon is the most conspicuous feature.

Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

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The tiny space on the reverse side accommodates a celestial chart, horizon, geographical coordinates, solar time, sidereal time, sunrise and sunset display as well as a display showing daytime, night-time and twilight. Also not to be forgotten is a completely integrated perpetual calendar behind the display showing the number of the day. The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia combines the romanticism of the night sky with science at the cutting edge, while combining complex watchmaking technology with unbelievably simple operation and a craftsman’s love of detail with forward-thinking vision. For all its precision and attention to detail, the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia watch is eminently suitable for everyday use: it is waterresistant to 3 bar and, considering that the mechanism is so delicate, astonishingly impervious to schocks.

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IWC Schaffhausen
Uwe Liebminger
Department Manager Public Relations
Mobile +41 (0)79 957 72 52
E-mail uwe.liebminger@iwc.com

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