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IWC Portugieser ‘150 Years’ Tourbillon Watches For 2018

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

IWC fans who are paying attention to the calendar should know by now that 2018 marks the 150-year anniversary of the well-known brand from Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Founded in 1868 by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, IWC would slowly and gradually, over its one-and-a-half-century-long history, develop a reputation for solidly engineered watches – the company’s Latin motto, “Probus Scafusia,” translates to “good craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.” To celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the brand, IWC has just unveiled two high-tech tourbillon watches that clearly showcase the brand’s know-how in complicated watchmaking. Meet the new IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” and the IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years.”

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” is significant because it is the first time IWC has combined a perpetual calendar with a tourbillon on the dial. The watch comes in a 45mm wide Portugieser-style case, which IWC fans will instantly recognize from its distinctive short and curved lugs as well as the chunky knurled crown. Paired with a black Santoni alligator strap and water resistant to just 30m, it goes without saying that it should be kept away from water.

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The dial is white and features a lacquered finish with large black Arabic numerals printed in the signature font of IWC’s Portugieser watches. Sizable heat-treated leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and a simple railroad-style minutes track ensure time can be easily read.

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

At 9 o’clock, you have the sub-dial that indicates the day, and at 3 o’clock you have the sub-dials that show the date and power reserve. At 6 o’clock, there’s a month indicator and moon phase display, and to the left of it at around 8 o’clock you have the year indicator. Finally, there’s the flying tourbillon that makes a single rotation every minute at 12 o’clock.

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The movement within is the self-winding IWC caliber 51950, which is based on the Caliber 51900 found in IWC’s other tourbillon watches like the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde but with the ingenious 82-part perpetual calendar module developed by Kurt Klaus. This movement also features IWC’s Pellaton winding system and has a generous power reserve of 168 hours, or 7 days. It is visible through a sapphire display caseback and comes with a special commemorative 18k gold rotor.

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The other tourbillon watch that IWC has specially prepared for its 150th anniversary is the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years.” This comes in a slightly larger 46mm wide Portugieser style case and is only available in platinum. Water resistance is a mere 30m, and the watch comes paired with a black alligator strap by Santoni.

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” comes with a white lacquered dial with large black Arabic numerals printed in the signature font of IWC’s Portugieser watches. Like the earlier Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years,” this watch also has heat-treated blue hour and minute hands. This is an updated version of previous Constant-Force Tourbillon watches – Portugieser and other models – combined with the “perpetual moon phase display.”

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” has a considerably less busy dial. At 1 o’clock there is a moon phase display that only needs to be adjusted by a day after 577.5 years. Below the moon phase display at about 4:30 is a power reserve indicator. Finally, we have the highlight of the watch, the large tourbillon featuring a constant-force mechanism that delivers power in even impulses to the escapement. In theory, this should improve the chronometric performance of the movement.

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The movement in this piece is the hand-wound IWC caliber 94805, which beats at a leisurely 2.5Hz and features 96 hours of power reserve. The movement can be admired through a sapphire display caseback and features an inlaid insignia that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the brand.

IWC Portugieser '150 Years' Tourbillon Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

These two highly complex special anniversary watches will be produced in extremely small numbers. Only 50 pieces of the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW504501) will be produced with a price of $110,000. On the other hand, the IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW590202) is limited to just 15 pieces for a price of $253,000. iwc.com

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  • Ross Diljohn

    How about a reissued seiko 6105? At least it would be something I want,I would wear a lot,be happy with and would be able to take the difference and buy a house with it.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Is this IWCcity ?
    Stick an onion crown on it. Give me something nice to say about it.

  • Terance Hill

    Not for The frail of wrist, or the meek in the wallet ! I may have the wrist but I definitely don’t have the wallet !
    It definitely doesn’t fit into the dress watch category that I want. But if you got it and want to flaunt it let me take a look at it sometime lol

    • Berndt Norten

      Portugieser for the old time geezer in u
      Red lobster for the seafood lover in you

      • Terance Hill

        Never had an old geezer in me but l rode a cougar once, & she did take me out for dinner!

        • Berndt Norten

          I met a strange lady
          She made me nervous…

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            Lyin’ in a den in Goa.
            Slack-jawed and with his mowa.
            I said “Hey man, are you being serious?”
            He just smiled and said “women skydive on their periods.”

          • Berndt Norten

            Welcome back…
            We tease u a lot
            But your humour hits the spot
            Welcome back

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            Not back, Horshack. 🙂

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            Near a beach on the Bay of Bengal.
            Would not admit a square’s a rectangle.

          • Terance Hill

            Vegemite is horrible!

  • SuperStrapper

    I just don’t believe in automatic tourbillions, and the calendar watch is kinda lame anyway. The constant force piece is interesting. The layout is unique but not overly polarising. The dial would, in my mind, be greatly improved if one or the other outer chapter ring or inner sector had some texture to it to create some additional visual interest and contrast. The movement is dying for some open bridgework.

  • Mikita

    IWC’s trash luxury. They can do better.

  • JLG

    Chinese watches really ruined it for everyone. I’m scared how I can no longer look at a dial like those without it evoking Chinese open heart BS and the likes.

  • arnemart

    What is the nature of the constant force mechanism? Is it a remontoire, or is it baked into the escapement somehow?

  • Yan Fin

    I am a big admirer of IWC. Those two watches are just hurting my feelings. Would love to learn more about constant-force mechanism however.

  • mark

    Completely out of my price range I’m sorry to say. But looking at them both I personally think there worth every penny. I cant say anything negative about them as I think there fantastic pieces.

    • IG

      And there are lot of pennies in 110 Gs !

    • Boris N. Natasha

      only negative is that it would be like strapping a pocket watch to your wrist… not sure it is actually wearable… even if you had large enough wrists, and were a large enough man, with a large enough wallet — where do you wear it for what occasion? it’s not going to fit under a cuff, you don’t want to be lounging near a pool, or on the deck of your yacht, ………

  • BrJean

    Perfect symmetry of perpetual calendar… ruined by year indicator. Why-y-y-y?

  • BNABOD

    In person I suspect they will be a lot more striking but as renders they just turn me off (renders just annoy me). These watches don’t really fit as sport watches they don’t really fit as dress watches since they are so flippin big so consider me confused.

  • Joel Schumann

    I never thought I would say this about a +100K watch from one of the most esteemed brands but “no”, I actually wouldn’t wear it. Sure, flashing it for a day once in a while but not living with it. I don’t know if the Chinese are to be blamed, but this design with windows into the machinery leaves me cold. I mean, look at the photos and forget what you KNOW about watches. Just make a perceptual judgment and tell me again those holes make the face of the watch more beautiful. I’ll say no. Further, those cogs spinning around is a distraction – for the wearer and everyone else – I learned this from the legacy machine, which I considered a grail. Until I actually saw it and realized all that spinning and whirring was too much.

  • Tea Hound

    It takes a certain amount of misapplied skill to seriously fuck up the design of a watch each and every time, but sure enough, IWC manage once again to ruin what could’ve been something great. They certainly don’t deserve to exist for another 150 years.

  • TrevorXM

    WHAT A COMPLETE DESIGN DISASTER! Did Xi Jinping assign the head of IWC design? Sure looks like it. Really unappealing. The death spiral of IWC continues.