You may remember a couple of days ago I wrote about how IWC released the NEW Portuguiser Annual Calendar to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Portugusier family of watches which you can read about here.
For this SIHH 2015, IWC released two other Portuguiser models including the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” and the Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary”.
I absolutely love the styling of the Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition “75th Anniversary”. It reminds me of a vintag watch but executed in a modern day way. It’s clean, concise and is kind of going back to the roots of IWC’s mission. This is available in two references : IWC IW510205- stainless steel & IWC IW510206 – 18k red gold
Both watches are 43 mm in case diameter and have functions of hours, minutes , seconds and date. The movement is the hand wound 8 day IWC-manufactured 59215 calibre which can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back. The way the date is executed within the seconds subdial at the six o’clock position balances out the dial and ensures its symmetry with subtle elegance. The 18k red gold version has a silver plated dial and is limited to 150 pieces for the world where as the stainless steel model has a black dial and is limited to 750 pieces for the world.
The other Portuguiser model introduced at SIHH 2015 is Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” This is available in three different variations :IWC IW397201- Platinum, IWC IW397202- 18k red gold blk dial and IWC IW397203- 18k red gold silver dial..
I love perpetual calendar watches and feel they are the most useful out of all the complications, but I am not a fan of this watch. I think it’s better than some of the perpetual calendar watches that IWC has done over the last 5-10 years but it’s still too cluttered , especially in the red gold variations. The platinum one is the best out of all the variations but will probably cost a fortune.
From a distance is looks like a the modern day portuguese chronograph but when you take a closer look you see all the functions very clearly and it becomes overwhelming for the wearer. All three watches are 45 mm in case diameter, with functions of Chronograph stopwatch, day/date/month and leap year display indicator. The movement is the self-winding IWC-manufactured 89801 calibre which can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback.
The dials on the 18k red gold are black or silver plated while the platinum version only comes with a silver plated dial. I am not a fan of the date and month window having outline borders. Also date and month could be written a little smaller, but that’s the perfectionist in me. I always like contrast and the steel blued chronograph stopwatch hands provide that. The 18k red gold versions are limited to 75 pieces while the platinum is limited to 25 pieces for the world.