IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Automatic Tourbillon
The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon unites two sophisticated Haute Horlogerie complications. The tourbillon, made of 82 individual parts, weighs only 0.635 grams. The "whirlwind" causes the balance wheel to rotate around its own axis, compensating for the effect of gravity on the oscillating system and increasing accuracy. Requiring no correction until 2100, the perpetual calendar automatically recognizes the different lengths of the months and leap years. The moon phase display is so precise that it will deviate by one day only after 577.5 years. The self-winding IWC-manufactured 51950 calibre boasts a power reserve of 7 days. The case is made of platinum. The silver-plated dial and the rhodium-plated hands and appliqués harmonise wonderfully with the rare precious metal. Limited to 50 pieces, the timepiece is fitted with a blue alligator leather strap from the Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni.
Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon
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In 1868, the American watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones travelled from Boston to Switzerland and founded the ‘International Watch Company’ in Schaffhausen. His visionary dream was to combine advanced American manufacturing methods with the craftsmanship of Swiss watchmakers to make the best pocket watches of his time. In doing so, he not only laid the foundation for IWC’s unique engineering approach but also established the centralized production of mechanical watches in Switzerland.
Over its 150 year history, IWC Schaffhausen has developed a reputation for creating functional complications, especially chronographs and calendars, which are ingenious, robust, and easy for customers to use. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC today specializes in highly engineered technical watch cases manufactured from advanced materials, such as titaniumaluminide and Ceratanium®. Preferring the principle of “form follows function” over decoration, the Swiss watch manufacturer’s timeless creations embody their owners’ dreams and ambitions as they journey through life.
IWC sources materials responsibly and takes action to minimize its impact on the environment, creating intrinsically sustainable timepieces that are built to last for generations. The company prides itself in training its own future watchmakers and engineers, as well as offering an excellent working environment ...