At last year’s Salon Internationale de la Haute Horlogerie, Schaffhausen-based watchmaker IWC unveiled a large collection of watches under its revamped and renewed Da Vinci collection and proved that the brand could provide a watch for every taste – be it for women, men, blinged, complicated, you name it.
2018 sees no stopping IWC again. Celebrating its 150th anniversary, expect nothing less from the brand than a stellar line-up of pieces. The full collection to be unveiled in Geneva come January will be comprised of 27 limited-edition models from the brand’s different watch families. Its pre-SIHH release has already shown us some of the models in store for us this coming January, including the very, very tempting but sadly, limited IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” (shown below).
The Pallweber pocket watch was invented back in 1884 and featured a digital hours and minutes display. Available in an 18k red gold case with a white lacquered finish dial (reminiscent of old enamel finishing), the watch pays tribute to the design of the historic Pallweber watches and a tribute to F. A. Jones – the American watchmaker who founded IWC. Two separate barrels (and gear trains) power the piece, with one providing energy for timekeeping while the other barrel concentrates on the jumping mechanism for the dual minute discs and the hours. With a commendable 50 hours of power reserve (taking into consideration the kinetic feat), the watch still keeps up with its modern brethren. The piece will be limited to just 250 pieces worldwide.
Other watches in its pre-SIHH release include the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years”, a platinum-cased beauty that sees an impossible to miss constant force tourbillon at nine o’clock with a moonphase display but most importantly, 96 hours of power reserve from the in-house movement. The brand’s constant force mechanism, alongside the tourbillon, also ensures precision by transmitting even impulses to the escape wheel. The dial, following all the watches in this year’s collection, is lacquered in white.
The other big name (for now) in IWC’s line-up for 2018 is the new Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” that sees the first time the brand has placed a tourbillon with a perpetual calendar. The dial (yes, white lacquered will be mentioned several times next year) follows a similar layout to last year’s Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph but with a tourbillon at 12 o’clock instead of the counter. Limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, the watch’s calibre 51950 is a newly developed in-house that sees the perpetual calendar module added to the base 51900.
The other two timepieces come from the Da Vinci line and see different takes on the newly revamped collection. The Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” (on the left) is the first to feature the new IWC in-house 82200 calibre that features the Pellaton winding system and a power reserve of 60 hours. To negate the effects of wear and tear caused by the stress of the winding system, IWC has made certain components sucha as the pawls and cam, of ceramic. The watch will be limited to 500 pieces worldwide. The Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years” (probably more suited for the lady in your life) sees its case and moving lugs covered with 206 pure white diamonds amounting to 2.26 carats and will be limited to just 50 pieces.