PRE-SIHH 2018: IWC’s 150th birthday Jubilee collection

The SIHH 2018 preview announcements are continuing, and a notable one has just come from IWC. Next year they will be marking their sesquicentennial year with a ‘Jubilee Collection’ that will consist of twenty-seven models, including limited editions from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot and Da Vinci collections that form the subject of today’s post.

The Jubilee ‘collection’ (cross collection?) is characterised by some commonalities – all the (printed) dials are either blue or white, with rhodium-plated or blued hands respectively, and finished with multiple layers of lacquer. They also share a strap similarity, coming on black alligator Santoni straps.

The headline piece of those just announced is the IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition 150 Years, inspired by Pallweber digital-read pocket watches that were first released in 1884. It represents a technical first for IWC but also revives one of the company’s historical models.

The ‘Pallweber’ was Josef Pallweber, a watchmaker in Salzburg who created pocket watches using this rotating disc system of time display. An example of what they looked like is shown below; you can see how faithful they are being to the original in their homage watch. At the time, about 20,000 were made by IWC. This 2018 model comes in a 45mm rose gold case and uses a new movement with a patent-pending disc system, the manual-wind Calibre 94200, which has a power reserve of 60 hours.

This movement has a separate wheel train with its own barrel that drives the minutes disc, with a release mechanism connected to the main wheel train unlocking (then locking again) the train every 60 seconds. Every tenth minute, the single-minute disk moves the 10-minute disc forward by one position.

To be released in a limited edition of 250 pieces, the RRP for the Tribute to Pallweber will be 30,000 CHF.

Next up in the Jubilee Collection are two limited edition tourbillon models.

First up, we have the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition 150 Years, in a luxurious 46mm platinum case of which there will only be 15 pieces. You may recall a post a couple of months ago about another Constant-Force Tourbillon from IWC, powered by a manual-wind movement based on the Calibre 94800. This new model does not have a ‘double moon’, but its Calibre 94805 combines the constant-force tourbillon integrated into the tourbillon, along with a moon phase display that needs an adjustment only after 577.5 years, if you’re going to be around then. Its power reserve is also 96 hours.

The second Jubilee tourbillon watch in the collection is a tribute to the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Ref. IW3750 designed by Kurt Klaus in 1985. The new Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition 150 Years combines a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar in an 18 carat rose gold 45mm case.

Inside is the new automatic Calibre 51950, based on IWC’s existing tourbillon Calibre 51900. The base movement is that which powers the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde model. This new movement has a rose-gold skeletonised rotor with an inlaid IWC anniversary emblem and seven days power reserve.

Looking at the dial, alongside the tourbillon at 12 o’clock, the date and power-reserve indication are at 3 o’clock, month and moon phase at 6 o’clock, day of the week at 9 o’clock, and a four-digit year display in a small rectangle at 8 o’clock.

In a limitation number of 50 pieces, its RRP will be USD110,000.

The final duo of this first group of Jubilee Collection announcements are both Da Vinci models.

The new Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition 150 Years, which harks back to the Da Vinci designs of the late 1980s – 1990s. The 36mm sized rose gold case has two hundred and six diamonds totaling 2.26 carats in its bezel and lugs, framing a white dial with a moon phase at 12 o’clock.

Behind the case back with its anniversary number and limitation is the automatic Calibre 35800, with a 42-hour power reserve. To be limited to 50 pieces, its RRP is USD29,900.

Lastly,we have the Da Vinci Automatic Edition 150 years. This new 40.4mm stainless steel cased model, with its blue dial and rhodium-plated hands, is the most simple of the these new models to date and, with just the time and seconds.

Inside is the new automatic Calibre 82200, which is based on the Calibre 82110. It has a skeletonised rotor with the 150th birthday medallion, and the plates and bridges are decorated with circular graining and Côtes de Genève. It has a power reserve of sixty hours.

With an RRP of around USD9,950, this final model is limited to 500 pieces .

Categories: IWC, Limited Editions, SIHH 2018, Watch Profile, watches, Women's watches

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