Date — 2016-05-26T08:00:00
Schaffhausen, 26 May 2016 – IWC Schaffhausen honours the tradition, craftsmanship and dynamic innovation of Swiss boatbuilder Boesch with a second special edition. Mahogany is the dominant element in this special edition. Apart from being the colour of the dial, it is also a luxurious feature in the back of the case, which has a mahogany inlay made specially for the watch by Boesch itself. As a result, this elegant, sporty chronograph with the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre is the perfect companion on land or water and, of course, on any Boesch motorboat. The exclusive special edition is limited to just 150 watches.
For the second time since 2008, IWC Schaffhausen pays tribute to Swiss boatbuilder Boesch. The elegant, sporty Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Boesch”(Ref. IW390504) will be available in a limited number. “Boesch motorboats have one thing above all in common with watches from Schaffhausen: they are made with a passion for craftsmanship, and their unmistakable design makes them instantly recognizable,” is how Linus Fuchs, IWC Managing Director Switzerland, describes the partnership with Boesch. With its mahogany-coloured dial, mahogany emblem and, on the inside of the glass back cover, a stylized ship’s propeller, the distinctively elegant sports chronograph makes several references to the craft manufactured by the exclusive boatbuilding company in the town of Kilchberg on the shores of Lake Zurich. The rugged strap is made of rubber with an alligator leather inlay that makes it particularly comfortable to wear. Available exclusively in Switzerland, the special edition is limited to 150 watches and can be purchased at official IWC retailers.
What started over 90 years ago with a passion for traditional wooden boatbuilding has developed continuously over four generations and established itself as the epitome of classic high-performance mahogany motorboats. Boesch boats are typified by the use of high-quality materials and are a perfect synthesis of form and function. “IWC Schaffhausen and Boesch both stand for tradition, precision, and perfection, and have made international names for themselves with their high level of quality craftsmanship.” This is how Markus Boesch, General Manager and representative of the fourth generation of the Boesch boatbuilding family, describes the similarities between the two brands.
The robust IWC-manufactured, 89361-chronograph calibre with flyback function and analogue display of stop times longer than a minute on a subdial makes the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Boesch”, which is waterresistant to 6 bar, an ideal companion for water sport enthusiasts. The white stopwatch hand, the flange with its quarter-second scale for measuring short stop times, and the luminescent seconds and hour hands and indices are an indication of the watch’s sporting qualities. The screw-in crown, protective shoulders and the chronograph push-buttons – the latter reminiscent of the bitts found on the deck of ships – underscore the special status of the Yacht Club Chronograph within the watch family. Despite its unusual role, the watch remains a dyed-in-the-wool Portugieser. With its clearly structured dial and classic railway-track-style chapter ring, simple Arabic numerals, and slender feuille hands, the latest model references central, style-defining elements taken from the original Portugieser unveiled in 1939.
When Jakob Boesch took over the Treichler & Co. boatbuilding yard in autumn 1920 he laid the foundations for a wooden boatbuilding tradition that is still maintained today in the fourth generation. As a well-known brand specializing in traditional runabouts, Boesch Motorboote together with the other companies in the family-owned Boesch Group is pledged to the sustainable use of resources without neglecting the continuous development of its products. Prime examples of its commitment include the Boesch Horizon Gliding principle or horizontal, low-energy trim position, as well as the classic lines, of course, and the perfect craftsmanship. The company also focuses on training new generations of boatbuilders as part of its unwavering faith in Switzerland as a production centre.
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