Many years ago, Patek Philippe made a very particular style world timer watch very popular and mainstream within the watch industry. Since then all the major watch brands have had some sort of interpretation of the design and style of it.
IWC just released a limited edition Portuguiser World Timer that is very much in the same vein of this style and design. This watch is 45 mm in size and available in 18K red gold and also in stainless steel. The 18k red gold version has a silver plated dial while the stainless steel version has a slate color dial. Both watches feature a glass disc printed with world timezones inscribed into the case back. The 18k red gold version will be limited to 100 pieces for the world and will retail for $26,200 and the stainless steel will be limited to 500 pieces for the world and will retail for $10,400.
The movement of the watch is the caliber 35750, which is a self-winding movement and a 42 hour power reserve. The movement has a date function, an in addition includes a corrector for the hour hand, which allows it to be set forward or backward in full one-hour increments which is very helpful and practical when setting different time zones.
On the most outer part of the dial, 12 world cities are displayed. As your eyes slowly zoom in closer to the center of the dial you’ll see a railroad-style minutes track peppered with applied markers for each city’s timezone (plus UTC time). A bi-color 24-hour ring keeps within the space of the inner-portion of the dial, which is finished with sunburst guilloché in the stainless-steel variation, and a matte off-white surface in the red-gold variation.
The best part is that in true IWC Portuguiser styling, the watch is incredibly clean, legible and understated given its functionality.