When it comes to IWC’s current line-up, you would be hard pressed to find a more classic, iconic design than the time-only Portuguese ref. 5001. It has a clean dial inspired by the original watches from the 1930s, an in-house movement with 7-day power reserve, and all the little details that make a modern IWC what it is. It’s best known in steel, but let’s take a closer look at another version of the 5001 in rose gold.
Here you have the same 42.3mm case that you’ll find in the other Portuguese 5001 watches, but executed in a rich 5N red gold. There are contrasting brushed and polished surfaces, giving some texture and variety to the robust form. The silvered dial has matching rose gold Arabic numerals in the distinctive Portuguese font.
There is the large date display at 6 o’clock as well as symmetrical small-seconds and power reserve indicators at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, respectively. The power reserve indicator shows off the caliber 51011’s impressive 7-day power reserve.
Speaking of the 51011 caliber, it is a serious modern movement with a lot of technology packed into a well-finished package. There is of course the IWC-signature Pellaton automatic winding system for more even power accumulation. The seconds hack, meaning they stop when you pull out the crown, allowing you to set the watch precisely to the second. Finally, a Glucydur balance with a Breguet spring ensures accuracy over time. You can see all of this through the sapphire crystal caseback.
A true powerhouse movement in an elegant solid-gold package. You can learn more here.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen