244 posts tagged IWC
244 posts tagged IWC
The straps on the #IWC Portofino Midsize also come in a new range of colors #IWCWW
#DidYouKnow: The minimalist design of the manually wound watch with its two hands was as impressive as the 1.85-millimetre height of its movement. It was the slimmest #IWC movement with shock absorption we ever produced. #IWCWW
We are happy to have @hodinkee as our guest here at #WatchesAndWonders, stay tuned for more #IWC articles #IWCWW
Hands on the new #IWC Portofino Midsize automatic here at #WatchesAndWonders #IWCWW
Red carpet at the Timeless Portofino event in Hong Kong with actress Zhou Xun to honor our new #IWC Portofino Midsize collection #IWCWW
We are happy to welcome our first guest in the #IWC booth at #WatchesAndWonders to celebrate the launch of our new #Portofino Midsize collection. @karolinakurkova #IWCWW
We are all ready for the opening of the #IWC “Timeless Portofino” exhibition in Zürich with #CateBlanchett and #PeterLindbergh. Stay tuned.
The 2014 Formula 1 season has been dominated by two drivers, and one team. That team is Mercedes AMG Petronas, and the drivers are Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Between them, they’ve claimed victory in 11 of the 14 races run this season; 7 times the two drivers have finished 1 and 2. Going in to the Singapore race this weekend, each of the drivers are presenting their own, limited edition, Ingenieur Chronograph watches.
Both Nico and Lewis contributed to the design and materials used in their watches, which will be limited to 250 pieces each. Aesthetically, the two watches differ considerably. The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Lewis Hamilton” features a carbon dial, zirconium oxide screw heads, and titanium bracelet. It is a reflection of the technology at use in his F1 W05 Hybrid car as much as it is of the man himself. Lewis is a former world champion (2008) and is currently in the points lead for the 2015 championship.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Nico Rosberg” sets a formal tone. It features a titanium case and a silver plated dial with yellow and white accents. A stitched leather and calf-skin strap adds a touch of refinement to the overall look. For Nico, it was important to impart “passion and emotion” in his design. Nico Rosberg is currently in second place for the championship, just 3 points behind his teammate, Lewis.
Each of the limited edition Ingenieur Chronograph watches feature a 45mm case and the IWC manufactured caliber 89361. It’s a robust movement with a 68 hour power reserve and a track-worthy flyback chronograph complication. It’s a perfect track day companion with an easily legible dial, and useful timing functionality. You can read an in-depth review of the Ingenieur Chronograph Racer containing the same movement over at HODINKEE, right here.
A final touch is the custom caseback design found on each watch bearing the insignia of the drivers themselves. The casebacks provide the only markings of the watch’s origins, keeping the dial clean and useful throughout. Learn more about each of these special watches right here, and don’t forget to tune in this Sunday to catch both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg race head to head in Singapore.
Large date complications are in vogue with contemporary design trends, but they are far from a new feature on an IWC. The tradition of including a large, easy to read date aperture is one that dates back to 1885 for IWC Schaffhausen, and it again appears on the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date, as introduced at the 2013 Watches&Wonders fair in Hong Kong. The inclusion of a large date aperture compliments the already impressive dial landscape, which is derived from the IWC manufactured 59230.
Equally as useful as the big date, is the incredible 8-days of power reserve that the calibre 59230 provides. The Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date will run continuously for 8-days, or 192 hours, at peak accuracy. To prevent and compromises to accuracy, the watch will stop running once the reserve is spent, ensuring you’ll never never need to stress about the current state of your wind. The hand winding element of the movement creates an intimate connection between wearer and watch, bridging the gap between practicality, and interaction.
The dial layout of the newest Portofino is clean and modern, with classical inspiration. The date aperture placed under the Roman twelve creates a symmetry with the running seconds hand at 6 o’clock on the dial. The power reserve complication is displayed discreetly, yet usefully at the 9 o’clock position. The small accents of red in the power reserve and running seconds hand display are a subtle detail to be discovered.
The IWC manufacture movement, calibre 59230, features large bridges and plates classically decorated in “Côtes de Genève”. The movement fills the entirety of the sapphire exhibition caseback, and its small recesses (along with its 30 jewels) elude to the underpinnings of an impressive spring barrel feeding a robust gear train. Of course, the balance wheel is in full view, spinning away at 28,800 bph.
Overall the IWC Hand-Wound Big Date is a beautifully engineered timepiece that balances classical good looks with technologically advanced execution. Never do the complications feel forced or in the way, they merely accentuate the already handsome Portofino Hand-Wound line with another layer of practicality. For more details about the IWC Hand-Wound Big Date, click here.
- HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen
This summer, IWC launched the Deep Dive with an IWC Collector blog series that sought to uncover the stories from our vast collector community. We never imagined the gems we would uncover - from proposal stories to young boys realizing their passion for timepieces at the age of nine - the blog series has morphed into a historical log of just how our collectors embed IWC timepieces into their personal histories.
Q. Which IWC timepiece is your favorite? Why?
Q. If you could design an IWC timepiece, which fine watchmaking elements would you include?