In December, IWC previewed the anniversary special edition series to be exhibited at the 2018 SIHH in advance to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the upcoming brand. There are 27 limited edition watches, made by Portugal. Series, pilot series, Portofino series and Da Vinci series, which also includes a first digital watch with hours and minutes, inspired by the Pallweber pocket watch in 1884, words Not much to say, let’s take a closer look at each style.
IWC Special Edition ‘150th Anniversary to Pallweber’
The commemorative special edition series made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the brand has been prepared for up to 5 years. Although all works belong to different series, there are still some unified style designs. At the scene, Christian Knoop, the creative director of the brand, introduced that, first, the models are equipped with white or blue dials. ‘They are coated with up to 12 layers in complex production processes. High-quality lacquers, polished and ground, and finally need to be embossed several times. Our inspiration is from the enamel dial of the Pallweber pocket watch with a special aesthetic and historical significance. ‘ Models with white dials are equipped with blue hands, while models with blue dials are equipped with rhodium-plated hands. The embossed dial with blue hands is inspired by the first IWC Portuguese watch (model: IW325) in 1939. Second, all models are equipped with a black alligator strap and decorated with the ‘150 Years’ anniversary logo, which is presented in a logo or engraved manner.
Pallweber Hunter Pocket Watch
Introducing specific works, the first important watch is the special edition of the 150th anniversary of the ‘tribute to Pallweber’. The first digital watch in the history of the brand was born in 1884 when Johann Rauschenbach, then owner of IWC, and Salzburg watchmaker Joseph Pallweber cooperated. He obtained the right to use the Poweber system, and the watch was born. This commemorative work continues the biggest features of the original model-the digital display is equipped with jumping hours and minutes, 6 o’clock second hand display, but at the same time to increase the power reserve function, a new research and development of the 94200 homemade movement. This new movement has two gear train systems, one of which is specifically responsible for the technically demanding digital display. The power of this independent gear train system will not affect the general gear train system, and ultimately achieve precise operation and 60 Hour high power reserve.
IWC Special Edition ‘150th Anniversary’ Portugal Series Constant Power Tourbillon Watch (Model: IW590202)
The second is the ‘150th Anniversary’ special edition of the Portuguese series constant-power tourbillon watch. Platinum case, white lacquered dial with blue hands, limited to 15 pieces. This watch is equipped with the second new self-made movement, the 94805 movement, with manual winding and a 96-hour power reserve, and for the first time combines a constant-power tourbillon and a simple moon phase profit and loss display, after 577.5 years. Only need to correct one day. The patented constant power mechanism transmits absolutely uniform force impulse to the escapement wheel. In combination with the tourbillon, it can balance the negative impact of gravity on the watch’s swing system, thereby ensuring extremely high accuracy.
IWC Special Edition ‘150th Anniversary’ Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon (Model: IW504501)
The third model is the ‘150th Anniversary’ special edition of the IWC Portuguese series tourbillon watch. For the first time, IWC combines the perpetual calendar and tourbillon device. The timepiece features an 18K gold case with a white lacquered dial and blue hands, limited to 50 pieces. Here comes the third newly-developed movement-51950 homemade movement. The tourbillon consists of 82 parts and weighs only 0.635 grams. In order to make it clearly visible at ’12 o’clock’, the watch designer opened the calendar to advance the ring, thereby integrating the moon phase at ‘6 o’clock’ The moon phase profit and loss position is displayed. The automatic winding system uses a pure gold oscillating weight and has a 7-day power reserve.
IWC Da Vinci Moon Phase Automatic 36 ‘150th Anniversary’ Special Edition (Model: IW459304)
Wearing the 36th ‘150th Anniversary’ Special Edition of the Da Vinci Moon Phase Automatic, white gold and diamonds
The fourth model is naturally loved by girls. The diamond-set gold Da Vinci Women’s Watch and the Da Vinci Moon Phase Automatic 36 ‘150th Anniversary’ Special Edition, with 18K red gold case, white lacquered dial and blue Color hands, limited to 50 pieces. The watch is equipped with a moon phase profit and loss display at the ’12 o’clock’ position. The case and the movable lugs are set with 206 flawless diamonds totaling 2.26 carats.
Da Vinci Automatic 150th Anniversary Special Edition (Model: IW358102)
Da Vinci Automatic 150th Anniversary Special Edition Blue and White Dial
The last one is a special edition of the ‘150th Anniversary’ of Da Vinci automatic watch, equipped with a small second hand at the ‘6 o’clock’ position, for the first time to launch the new IWC 82200 homemade movement. This extraordinary watch has a stainless steel case, a blue lacquered dial and rhodium-plated hands, limited to 500 pieces. It is equipped with a fourth brand-new self-made caliber 82200, a newly developed automatic movement with a Pellaton winding system, which provides a 60-hour power reserve. For highly wound components such as detents or cams, they are made of almost wear-free ceramic materials. Through the skeleton rotor, the wearer can admire the movement decorated with beadwork and Geneva stripes.
At the end, everyone may be confused. The pilot and Portofino did not appear in this anniversary series. In fact, we have already seen it in the preview, but the brand hopes to leave a suspense for everyone. By 2018 It will appear at the SIHH watch exhibition in January. In addition, the brand also officially announced that the new factory will officially open next year. I believe that it should bring more technical support to IWC, watch fans friends look forward to it!