IWC will celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary in 2018. At the S.I.H.H. exhibition, IWC will display a series of related anniversary editions (a total of 27 models consisting of the Portuguese series, the pilot series, the Portofino series and the Da Vinci series). Among them, the brand will also launch for the first time a watch with digital display of hours and minutes, the same as the display in the Pallweber pocket watch of 1884. The white or blue lacquered dial is a unified element of this commemorative model, which is made by multi-layer lacquering process.
2018 is of great significance to IWC, because the brand will enter the 150th anniversary of the founding of the factory, and IWC has prepared a series of special editions to commemorate it, including a new work that pays tribute to the early pocket watches. Eye-catching
Paired with white or blue dials is a common feature of all watches: ‘They are coated with up to 12 layers of lacquer in a complex production process, polished and sanded, and finally require multiple embossings. We are inspired by the enamel faceplates of the Pallweber pocket watches with a special aesthetic and historic significance, ‘explains Christian Knoop, creative director of IWC. Models with a white dial are equipped with blue hands, while models with a blue dial are equipped with rhodium-plated hands. The embossed dial with blue hands is inspired by the first IWC Portuguese watch (model: IW325) in 1939. All models in this collection are equipped with a black alligator strap and decorated with the ‘150 Years’ anniversary logo, presented as a logo or engraving.
At the end of the 19th century, IWC revolutionized the launch of the Pallweber pocket watch displaying hours and minutes in digital form, becoming a very important representative of the brand, and this time in the brand’s 150th anniversary edition, you can also see many extracts from this classic masterpiece element
The first watch in IWC history to feature a time-shifting number is a highlight of the Anniversary Special Edition series. It displays hours and minutes in large numbers on a rotating display. As early as 1884, the watch factory used the time display in pocket watches in a way that was revolutionary at the time. The IWC 150th Anniversary Special Edition (Model: IW505002) with 18K red gold case, white lacquered dial, white display dial and blue seconds hand is limited to 250 pieces. The digital display window is marked with ‘Hours’ and ‘Minutes’.
The watch is equipped with a 94200 movement, and the watch designer has developed a new patented solution to match the digital display with high technical requirements. The disc of this historic Pallweber pocket watch is driven by grooved gears. The one-minute disc of this movement is powered by a separate wheel train system with a proprietary barrel. The release mechanism connected to the watch’s own wheel train system releases every 60 seconds and then re-locks. After every 10 minutes, a one-minute disc will drive the ten-minute disc to move one grid. Every 60 minutes, the hour circle will jump to the next hour. The power of the independent gear train system will not affect the general gear train system, which can ensure Jinghuai operation and 60-hour power reserve.
Pallweber Tribute to Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’
18K red gold material / 94200 manual winding movement / hour, minute, small seconds display / sapphire crystal mirror / 45mm diameter / limited to 250 pieces