This year, the International Watch Co. (IWC) will be celebrating its birthday. But what makes it so special this time round? It’s celebrating its 150th birthday.
To mark the joyous occasion, IWC will be releasing a special Jubilee collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) watch fair in Geneva, which will be held in 2018 from Jan 15 to Jan 19.
The collection ranges from the minimalistic to dazzling and bold. Trust us when we say these designs will catch your eye.
Before we jump right in and show you the watches, let’s see what they all have in common. All 27 Jubilee collection pieces pay tribute to the watches IWC has produced in all its 150 years. In ode to its history of enamelled finishes, each imprinted dial goes through 12 coats of high-quality lacquer in either blue or white colour, flat-polished and brushed before being imprinted several times with the appropriate markings. The Jubilee watches are all fitted with black alligator straps, and bears the “150 Years” emblem – either as a medallion, or as an engraving.
Here’s 5 from the entire collection to give you a peek on what you can expect when SIHH rolls round.
1. IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”
This is IWC’s first-ever wristwatch which features the original digital hours and minute display as it appeared on the 1884 Pallweber pocket watches. The display, on rotating discs, was a revolutionary development when it was first released. The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” features an 18-carat red gold case, a white dial with a lacquered finish, white display discs and a blue seconds hand. As a reference to the original Pallweber watch, and a tribute to F.A. Jones – the American watchmaker who founded IWC – the windows of the digital display are labelled as “Hours” and “Minutes”.
This simple yet stunning timepiece has a high 60-hour power reserve, and is available in a limited edition of 250.
2. Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”
It’s got a platinum case, a white dial, blue hands and a tourbillon – a mechanism that counters the effect of gravity on the timepiece. Aside from the contrasting white-blue aesthetics, the tourbillon stands out too with its vertical bridge and metal ring, that gives the watch an industrial look. To add to the contrast is the moon phase display, which is accurate to one day in every 577.5.
The hand-wound 94805 calibre has a power reserve of 96 hours, and comes in a limited edition of only 15 pieces.
3. Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”
This timepiece takes on a more vintage tone with its 18-carat gold case and white dial with blue hands. The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition is IWC’s first watch with a perpetual calendar combined with a tourbillon dial. The calendar advance ring has been opened up and integrated with the moon phase in the month display disc – altogether it displays the day, date, month and year. The automatic winding system dons the “150 Year” medallion. With its solid gold rotor, it generates a power reserve of 7 days – which is equivalent to 168 hours.
This watch, driven by the newly developed 51950 calibre, has only 50 models available.
4. Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years”
Sporting elegance at the front and simplicity at its back, the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years” pays tribute to the style the company refined towards the end of the 20th century – that was elaborately decorated jewellery watches. This wristwatch has an 18-carat red gold case, a white dial with a lacquered finish and blue hands. It’s luxurious and distinctive with not only its case, but its lugs too – they are donned in an astonishing 206 pure white diamonds, all amounting to 2.26 carats.
The timepiece is available in a limited edition of 50 watches.
5. Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years”
The timeless watch has a stainless-steel case, a blue dial with a lacquered finish, and rhodium-plated hands. It also has a sub-dial at six o’clock instead of at the centre. It’s the first watch to feature the new IWC-manufactured 82200 calibre – an automatic movement with Pellaton winding and boasts a power reserve of 60 hours. The ceramic pawl and heart-shaped increases the watch’s durability over the long run, making it a perfect timepiece to pass through the generations. The skeletonised rotor offers a view of the movement decorated with circular graining and Geneva stripes.
The Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” comes in a limited edition of 500 watches.
Price information will be released at SIHH – stay tuned for The Peak’s coverage.
Photos: IWC Schaffhausen. Story originally appeared on Her World Online.