We’ve told you about the IWC Flagship Boutique New York City, and today we have a few special watches that you can only find at a handful of global boutiques (New York included). Here we have the Boutique Exclusive Edition collection, which includes a Portuguese Hand-Wound, a Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar and an Ingenieur Automatic, all rendered in beautiful red gold.
Not only have red and rose gold been experiencing a massive surge in popularity, but we have also noticed more and more nuanced shades of gold popping up in watches. Everything from the barely pink to the deep rich red. The later is what you’ll find in all three Boutique Exclusive Edition watches.
The first two watches in the collection are both time-only, but they couldn’t be more different. The 44mm Portuguese Hand-Wound houses IWC’s 98295 caliber, reminiscent of the pocket watch movements used in the original Portuguese watches of the 1930s. The simple white dial is complemented nicely by the red gold hands and arabic numerals that match the case. Only one thousand pieces will be available worldwide.
The slightly smaller 42.5mm Ingenieur Automatic is the second watch in the collection, and it features a rich brown dial with red gold accents to compliment the red gold case. This is one you’ve really got to see in person to appreciate fully, as the subtle contrasts shift with the light. Slightly more limited than the Portuguese above, the Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Exclusive Edition will only be made in an edition of five hundred pieces.
Finally, the highlight is the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar. Coming in at 46.2mm, the red gold case houses the caliber 51614 automatic perpetual calendar movement with a 7-day power reserve (helpful for keeping your perpetual wound). The red gold-plated dial is an absolute stunner aesthetically and the crown-setting mechanism for the perpetual calendar is just as impressive technically. Still more limited than the previous two models, only 250 pieces of this special edition will be made.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen