This fourth purchase, when combined with the others and especially the vintage reference 325, comes close to exhausting our hypothetical budget. Given that, the fifth one for the collection should be much less costly and therefore more basic. There are several desirable candidates here: possibly a Portuguese Jones model, a regulateur model or perhaps the reference 5007, among others. Some have argued that the Portuguese reference 5007 is the modern Portuguese wristwatch, being the first product with a new IWC in-house movement in decades (in its predecessor model, reference 5001). It is also versatile, for either dress or casual wear.
However, my last choice is a bit atypical. I just love the Portuguese Pure Classic, reference 5703. A limited edition that to my thinking embodies all that is great in a modern but totally classic timepiece. Its dial is not as alluring as the special 75th anniversary Portugieser, reference 5102. It’s a close competition with the Vintage Collection Portugieser, reference 5445 that has a display back and an in-house movement. It competes also with the recently discontinued hand wound model, reference 5454 and, if one ignores budget constraints with the 8-day model, reference 5102.
Deep-down, however, I personally am a huge fan of ultra-thin watches. Even given that the Pure Classic has only hour and minute hands, and no display back and Piaget supplies its movement, to my thinking it is a very special watch. It is relatively rare but still occasionally obtainable, and to my thinking it is, indeed, a pure watch. It represents all that is good, indeed great, in a basic, steel watch founded on the pocket watch tradition.