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IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’ Watch

IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition '150 Years' Watch Watch Releases

The first IWC watch to feature a digital display of the time was actually made in the late 19th century. In 1884, a deal between Johann Rauschenbach and Salzburg watchmaker Joseph Pallweber gave IWC rights to the Pallweber system. The Pallweber system is regarded as the first digital pocket watch movement. The brand’s first digital pocket watch, according to IWC’s archives, was the Savonnette pocket watch Pallweber of 1886. The new IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” is a pretty faithful recreation of that very same pocket watch.

IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition '150 Years' Watch Watch Releases

Savonnette Pocket Watch Pallweber from 1886

Of course, it is a wristwatch, and it comes in a round 45mm wide 18k red gold case. A distinctive trait of the case is its wire lugs, which is something that you don’t see that often on modern watches. It also gives the watch a very vintage look and feel. Also notable is the large 18k red gold onion crown. Water resistance is rated at 30m and the watch comes with a black alligator strap made by longtime IWC partner Santoni.

The expansive white lacquered dial is supremely minimalist. At 12 o’clock, you have an aperture for the digital display of the hours, which is clearly labeled in reference to the pocket watch’s design. Below it and nearer to the center of the dial is another aperture for the digital display of the minutes, again clearly labeled. Finally, at 6 o’clock you have a sub-dial that shows the running seconds, which helps the design’s symmetry while providing some movement on the otherwise stark face. There’s nothing superfluous about the dial and I think the choice of fonts and the two black rings that hold the various displays together create a very Art Deco vibe.

IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition '150 Years' Watch Watch Releases

The digital display of the time jumps instantaneously and is quite clever. For the display of the minutes, one can clearly see that there are two discs – a 10-minute disc and one for the single minutes. The single minute disc advances precisely once every minute, and a release mechanism stores energy and advances the 10-minute disc accordingly. Up top, the hour disc jumps precisely on every 60th minute. This instantaneous jumping mechanism allows for a clear and accurate digital reading of the time. Getting all to jump simultaneously and smoothly is apparently quite challenging in watchmaking, and it will be cool to see all the digits change at the top of each hour.

IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition '150 Years' Watch Watch Releases

The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” is powered by the in-house IWC caliber 94200. It is a manually-wound movement that beats at 4Hz and offers 60 hours of power reserve. Curiously, IWC didn’t send us images of the movement, but we are told that it will be visible through a sapphire display caseback and will feature an inlaid 18k gold medallion that celebrates the 150th anniversary of IWC. One can also expect it to be decorated to IWC’s usual high standards.

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IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition '150 Years' Watch Watch Releases

Of all the special commemorative watches released by IWC this year for their 150th anniversary, the IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” is my favorite because of its clean display of the time and its classic look and feel. It is also a rather faithful homage of the Savonnette pocket watch from 1886, which I’m sure is something IWC fans will appreciate. The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW505002) is limited to 250 pieces, and will have a price of $36,600. iwc.com

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  • BJ314

    So, now I’m trying to figure out how I can justify spending $36,000 on a watch without jeopardizing my son’s college prospects.

    This thing is magical.

    • Tea Hound

      Buy the watch – set your son free to find his own way in the world. He’ll thank you one day and you can leave him the watch.

  • Lots of money, but… the most interesting non-sports IWC launch in a year of interesting non-sports IWC launches. So… this for $36,000, or try to find a Zeitwerk used for roughly 10 grand more? I’m torn.
    Best,
    Tim

    • SuperStrapper

      Zeitwerk is unbeatable

      • I agree, but someone’s got to stir the pot. Except…FPJ VIII… a better challenge for the Zeitwerk, perhaps.
        Best,
        Tim

        • Solloshi B. Hawkins

          Doesn’t Govberg/Watchbox have a Vagabondage 2 currently? Have you seen the 3 or the 1 (my favorite) in person?

          • I’ve seen the VIII, and I’ve seen the VIII *being assembled* in Geneva. It’s a cool piece at every stage. Last I checked, WatchBox did have a VII available, but that’s a question for Josh (I visit the vault daily, but Josh works right next to it).
            Best,
            Tim

        • SuperStrapper

          As I probably wrote in the comments for the article on it here, the Viii is technically fascinating and aesthetically hideous. Among my all time ugliest watches from proper brands.
          It can’t sit at the same table!

    • Solloshi B. Hawkins

      I’ll give you the 10K if I can have the Zeitwerk on weekends.

    • Mikita

      Personally, if I was after $35k-60k watch, I’d go for either Lange 1815 Chrono or Credor Eichi II: https://www.deployant.com/1-1-comparing-philippe-dufour-simplicity-credor-eichi-ii/

      • Solloshi B. Hawkins

        Eichi 1, brah. Eichi 2s are for Belarusian pimps. 🙂

        • Mikita

          Brother horseman of the watchapocalypse!!

      • I think you look at this IWC and think “that’s my kind of watch!” or “that’s not for me.” If you know that you love retrogrades, jumping digital, and alternative displays, you tend to compare them to others in that class. Credor Eichi and Lange 1815s are grand watches, but they don’t really enter the frame if you’re set on a jumping digital display rather than an accomplished watch in general. This is the kind of watch you cross-shop with a Monsieur de Chanel, a used Zeitwerk, and maybe an old Gerald Genta Arena Bi-Retro.
        Best,
        Tim

        • Mikita

          Fair. I compared simply judging from the classy aesthetics and pocket watch vibe 🙂

  • Raymond Wilkie

    ” Is a pretty faithful recreation of that very same pocket watch “. …….I think not, but i still think it’s absolutely gorgeous. Before seeing the pocket watch i played around with drawing the perfect watch and this is as close as anyone has got. The open back isn’t that interesting. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e65c2c1ee7b379c675db176db8befdbd6be27c4d65b9593cf5fdf9732c7abfec.jpg

    • egznyc

      Maybe not that interesting to you, but there’s a lot to look at even with the large plates, which are nicely decorated.

      But I agree that the stark quality of the display is the main show.

  • Solloshi B. Hawkins

    Couldn’t have labeled the seconds? Slackers

  • Jae

    45mm?are you retarded?

    • egznyc

      I believe I was tested as a child and the results were inconclusive.

      As for the size, remember this is supposed to be based on a pocket watch aesthetic. So large is understandable (though not for everyone).

  • Kumaran Ramu

    I tried hard to like this one but failed; come on…dont be lazy…thats the best you could do to celebrate 150 mark???

  • BNABOD

    At the first I read “pall-bearer” édition so I kind of got a bit weirded out but then realized it was just a ugly ass watch

  • Mikita
    • BNABOD

      Is that the finished version? It looks like horse shite

      • Mikita

        Unfortunately, yes. I wonder how did it pass IWC’s quality control (if there is any).

  • JLG

    Jacquet droz called. They want their only decent looking watch back

  • Chris Rowley

    It got a lot of flak when it was announced, but Icon’s ‘The Deusey’ is a purer design and a third the price…

  • TheChuphta

    This is very cool, but for some reason I have the feeling it would spend more time in the service center than on a wrist.

  • Yan Fin

    Interesting as a curiosity. Like something from China, with jumping hour and minute, poor quality, and borderline to attention to detail, that you picked up 15 years ago for $40. Sad for IWC. Oh, and the price is hilarious.

  • IG

    Hand-wound, digital, finally an interesting IWC watch!

  • DanW94

    The re-issue lacks the charm and personality of the original pocketwatch. If you don’t live in this price range but love this complication, the Oris or CW are nice alternatives.

  • Ulysses31

    The pocket watch is sublime. This watch version is… not.

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