IWC – Portugieser Hand-wound – IW545408
In the 1940s, engineers of the Schaffhausen-based company equipped wristwatches with high-precision pocket watch movements. This marked the birth of the pocket-watch-style wristwatches that would later be known as the ‘Portugieser’. In 2005 IWC has revived this pivotal event in its history with the Portugieser Hand-Wound, Reference 5454. Like the watch that founded the family, it is housed in a stainless- steel case and features a pocket watch movement and an arched-edge front glass. Another characteristic feature is the simple dial with its railway-track-style chapter ring, feuille hands and Arabic numerals. The Portugieser Hand-Wound joins the collection in an 18-carat red gold case with a slatecoloured dial. In the stainless-steel models the dials and totalizers are tone in tone: the seconds display on the black dial is also black, while its sibling comes with a completely silverplated dial, accompanied by rose-gold-plated indices and hands. A distinctive, eye-catching feature in all totalizers is the signal-red ’60’. The elegance with which this updated model bridges the gap between IWC’s past and present is evidenced by a glimpse of the IWC-manufactured movement through the transparent sapphire-glass back, revealing the stylish features adopted from the first F. A. Jones movements. These include the elongated index and the three-quarter bridge decorated with Geneva stripes. One really could not pay a greater compliment to the original.