It may have been the year of the Big Pilot for IWC, but as 2021 comes to a close they have turned their mind to dress watches, launching a new Portugeiser. This latest version of the Portugieser Hand-Wound Tourbillon has a flying one minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock and a new m in-house movement.
It is not the first tourbillon ‘Port’, but for this model, the flying one minute (hacking) tourbillon is at 6 o’clock (it has been placed at 9 o’clock before). With 56 parts and weighing 0.635 grams, its pallet lever and escape wheel have been coated with Diamond Shell® technology, to reduce friction.
The dial is silver-plated, with appliqué 5N gold Arabic numerals and feuille gold-plated hands.
This new Portugieser Hand-Wound Tourbillon also marks the debut of a new movement – the Calibre 81905, which beats at 28,800 VPH and has an 84 hour power reserve.
The 42.4mm (10.8mm thick) case is made of 18 carat Armor Gold®, IWC’s proprietary version of 5N red gold. Comprised of 75 per cent pure gold, its mix is both for colour and hardness. It was first used in their Big Pilot’s Watch Constant Force Tourbillon Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ (2018).
Coming on a black alligator leather strap by Santoni with a 5N gold folding clasp, the Portugieser Hand-Wound Tourbillon has an RRP of AUD 82,900.
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