203 posts tagged IWC
203 posts tagged IWC
#WednesdayWatchRiddle: How many pieces of this #IWC Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation were produced? #IWCLaureus
#CasebackThursday: #IWC Pilot’s Watch Chrono-Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation
#WednesdayWatchRiddle: Do you know in which year this #IWC Pilot’s Watch Chrono-Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation had its debut? #IWCLaureus
#CasebackThursday: #IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
Live from SIHH 2014 we gave you a first look at the entire new Aquatimer collection, including everything from the basic automatic to the digital perpetual calendar. Now we’ve had some time to dig a little deeper and we’d like to give you a closer look at one of our favorite Aquatimer watch, the Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin.”
The guts of the Expedition Charles Darwin are mostly the same as those of the three other special edition chronographs in the collection. The in-house calibre 89365 movement combines an automatic winding system with a 68-hour power reserve and a two-register chronograph. The top register displays the running seconds while the lower register counts up to 60 minutes of elapsed time. The shapes of the hands differ between the two functions, making it easy to differentiate the chronograph from the main time keeping parts of the watch.
What’s most special about the Expedition Charles Darwin is the case. This is the first time IWC has made a watch with a bronze case, chosen here for its connection with 19th century shipbuilding – bronze was a crucial component in ships such as Darwin’s HMS Beagle. It’s 44mm across and the bronze makes the case extremely robust and resistant to corrosion. That said, it will develop a unique patina as the metal is exposed to the elements.
The little details are executed really well here. The rubber strap can be swapped out through the quick-change system, the luminescent material on the hands and markers matches the bronze case, and the pushers and crown have a nice rubber coating. The caseback features a portrait of Charles Darwin too.
Overall, the Expedition Charles Darwin brings something new to the Aquatimer collection without going overboard, keeping the watch extremely wearable. Over time the patina will become personal, meaning it only gets better with age.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen
#CasebackThursday: #IWC Portuguese Hand-Wound
#WednesdayWatchRiddle: There is a 98 calibre in the #IWC Portuguese Hand-Wound. When was this calibre manufactured?
We all know that a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates are the standard, go-to gift for Valentine’s Day. But what happens when a couple can be described as IWC watch enthusiasts? Forget the flowers and candies – for one couple in New York City, Valentine’s Day shopping (really any shopping when gifts are involved) simply involves a trip to the IWC Schaffhausen boutique on Madison Avenue.
As a couple, how do you share your passion for watches?
Elyssa, although positioned as “Engineered for Men,” what attracts you to IWC watches?
Why do you think an IWC watch makes a great gift for Valentine’s Day?
#CasebackThursday: #IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin”
Friday is a pretty big date – Valentine’s Day. So, to get ready, we’re going to take a last minute look at the Portofino Hand-Wound Big Date. Whether you need the complication to make sure you don’t miss the holiday or you just like it, the Big Date is a modern classic in the making.
Sure, the Portofino Big Date debuted less than a year ago at Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, but it already feels like a core part of the Portofino collection. It combines the simple case shape with gently curved lugs, classic dial with baton markers, and beautiful leaf shaped hands that tie the entire family together.
It is though the most complicated member of the Portofino family. At 12 o’clock, just below the lone Roman numeral, is the big date complication, which uses two disks to display the two numerals. To the left, just around 9 o’clock is the power reserve indicator for the hand-wound 8-day movement. Down at 6 o’clcok a large sub-seconds register finishes things off. Because of the large dial in the 45mm case, none of this looks crowded or cluttered.
Turning the case over, you’ll find the in-house calibre 59230 movement. The movement is hand-wound, meaning there is no rotor to get in the way of admiring the rest of the mechanics. The large bridges are just short of looking austere, giving little looks at components like the large barrel at 12 o’clock and the balance down at 5 o’clock. When you pull the crown, you’ll see the balance stop along with the small seconds hand on the dial.
Sure, the 45mm size is substantially larger than what you might expect from a relatively dressy watch like the Portofino Big Date, but it does make the watch seem a little more casual. Santoni alligator straps finish off both the red gold and white gold versions of the Big Date, making it perfect for, well, that big date.
-HODINKEE for IWC Schaffhausen