Introduced in November 2012 by IWC as a part of their Boutique Exclusive Edition, the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition comes in a 44-millimetre Portuguese case fitted with the 98295 calibre. Back in 1939, its predecessor was the first pocket watch-sized model designed for the wrist. This model, with its unusual dimensions, unconventional movement and understated elegance, established a whole new genre in watch design.
The pocket watch movement of the Portuguese Hand- Wound Boutique Edition has seen further improvements but still includes many of the design cues found in the first movements developed by company founder F. A. Jones. These include an elongated index, which is used to set the effective length of the balance spring and extends from the balance cock over the three quarter plate. The watch, featuring a sapphire glass back, silver-plated dial, red gold Arabic numerals and slender “feuille” hands, will be limited to just one thousand pieces worldwide.
Model: Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition (Ref. IW545409)
Portuguese Hand-Wound in a red gold case: in terms of style and technology, a modern reflection of the first Portuguese watches of 1939. The hand-wound 98295-calibre movement also includes stylistic references to the first F. A. Jones pocket watch movements, such as an elongated index and a three-quarter plate. Small hacking seconds at 6 o’clock stopped via the crown.
Frequency 18,000 A/h / 2.5 Hz
Power reserve 46 h
Case, dial & strap
case and buckle in 18-carat 5N red gold, silver-plated dial, appliqués in 5N red gold, gold-plated hands
Glass sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Back transparent sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant 3 bar
Diameter 44 mm
Case height 10 mm
Limited to 1,000
IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition 2012
The Boutique Exclusive Edition 2012 from IWC brings together three successful and stunningly beautiful models in red gold. The exquisite timepieces are available in strictly limited editions exclusively from IWC boutiques. Three outstanding models – the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition, the Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition and the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition – will be issued in red gold: a small but all-important difference. All three models, as rare as they are beautiful, will be available exclusively from IWC boutiques from November 2012.