Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia
wrb75 Wrote:I am a bit annoyed FB was able to post the pics first as well. One would hope a significant target audience of current owners of IWCs who are invested in the Brand via the Forum would get early info on new models / LE. It's a bit of a stretch to claim this reaches 500M viewers as you have to Like the IWC site to have seen the post, but the principle is the same...post here first.
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clepsydra Wrote:Since this watch is a tribute to Portugal, I believe I should explain the meaning of the emblem in the rotor.It is part of the shield at the center part of the Portuguese flag. The five "quinas" in the center represent the five Moorish kings defeated by D. Afonso Henriques (the first king of Portugal, 1112-1185) in the battle of Ourique, a decisive battle during the Reconquista. The 5 white dots inside each "quina" represent the five wounds of Christ. The seven castles symbolize the 7 fortified cities D. Afonso Henriques conquered from the Moors.For the shield in the center of the flag to be complete it ought to have included the armillary sphere, which represents the world that the Portuguese navigators discovered in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and the people with whom they exchanged ideas and trade.
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Clepsydra,Thanks for the explanation of of the rotor disk engraving. I asked MF about its symbolism and neither of us had knowledge at the time. Your information, once again, showcases the value of being a part of this community of Collectors and fellow Forum members.
What you do may not be so important, but it is very important that you do it well. (my variation of a saying by Gandhi)
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clepsydra Wrote: The Portuguese discoveries of the XV and XVI centuries are the apex of Portuguese history, and an important part of IWC's marketing strategy. By eliminating the armillary sphere, which represents the discoveries, in favor of the inner part of the shield, representing the genesis of Portugal (some 400 years before the Portuguese turned to the sea) IWC is focusing on the wrong era, diverting from its marketing strategy.In the end, this may not be at all important, as few people will know or care what the Portuguese shield represents. Somebody at IWC ought to have cared and known, though.
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Paul Bloemen Wrote:... A Portuguese Portuguese should be flawless...
lndblr Wrote:You should send this info to Oliver Siiegle or someone else at IWC. Or hopefully they will read about it here. Having met you, I know you are passionate about the details in watches. And since you are living in Portugal your opinion should not be taken lightly.Thanks for the explanation about the symbolism. I found it very interesting.
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