Fans of vintage timepieces will want to mark their calendars for 14 October, when Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen debuts its retrospective exhibition in Singapore. In conjunction with long-time partner Sincere Fine Watches, IWC will showcase close to 20 archival timepieces flown in from its museum in Schaffhausen.

A vintage IWC Pilot watch from 1948 with a Type A "Flieger" dial
Image credit: IWC Schaffhausen

The broadest retrospective exhibition yet in Southeast Asia, it gives visitors an excellent opportunity to scrutinise IWC’s vintage classics, many of which are in near-pristine condition. Some highlights include a Pilot Watch Mark 11 (1948), a Portugieser reference 325 (1942) and a Portofino Hand Wound Moonphase reference 5251 (1984).

A beautiful example a vintage hand wound Portofino from IWC featuring a moonphase complication
Image credit: IWC Schaffhausen

Though traditionally associated with producing masculine timepieces, IWC Schaffhausen will also be showcasing a series of artfully decorated ladies’ timepieces. This provides visitors a rare opportunity to learn more about the manufacturer’s tradition with feminine watches, which goes back as far as 1879. The hallmark piece of this collection is the Savonette Lady’s Pocket Watch “Jones”, with the exhibition marking the timepiece’s first excursion out of Switzerland.

Aside from affording one a look in history, this exhibition also allows visitors to appreciate the diversity of spirit behind IWC Schaffhausen’s timepieces. Whether it’s the functional flight instrument that is the Pilot Watch, the complicated engineering of the Portugieser, or the timeless style exuded by the Portofino, IWC has a history of designing fine watches to suit a variety of functions.

“We are proud to debut in Singapore this first-of-its-kind exhibition concept, which allows our most valued clients, fans of IWC and the public to immerse themselves in the emotions of our most successful lines at the same time”
Mr Stanislas Rambaud, Managing Director for IWC South East Asia
This IWC Savonette Lady's Pocket Watch hails from 1879 and is travelling out of Switzerland
Image credit: IWC Schaffhausen

The IWC Schaffhausen retrospective exhibition will be open to the public at the level one atrium of Takashimaya Shopping Centre, running from the October 14 to 27.

written by.

Evigan Xiao

Evigan is an avid fan of bench-made boots, raw selvedge denim, single malt Scotch and fine watches. When he's not busy chuckling over image dumps on Imgur, he can be found lifting heavy objects in the gym or fussing over his two dogs, Velvet and Kenji. He dreams of one day owning a cottage in the English countryside and raising a small army of Canadian geese to terrorise the local populace.

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