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IWC Portuguese Automatic Watch

Written by Debbie. Posted in Authentic Watches, Men's Watches, Watch Brands

IWC Portuguese Automatic Watch

 

Portuguese Automatic

IWC Portuguese Automatic

The Portuguese Automatic Watch, from International Watch Company Schaffhausen, embodies the timeless style the company is known for. This reputation sets the Portuguese Automatic Watch high above the rest. Pure Swiss craftsmanship and elegant appeal are evident from the moment this watch is seen. International Watch Company has stuck by its traditional design with this exquisitely made watch.

International Watch Company Schaffhausen is known for its collections, or families, of watches. The Portuguese collection is one of the earliest to be created, with the first being released in 1939 when two Portuguese businessman ordered stainless steel watches with technical precision from IWC. The manufacturer delivered with a watch that would become iconic for its precision and complexity. The Portuguese Automatic Watch is only one of several Portuguese watches within the collection from IWC.

The Portuguese Automatic watch comes in steel, platinum and pink gold 42 mm casing with a see-through sapphire-glass back that allows for viewing of the mechanics within the watch. With its Arab numeral figures and a “railway” minute display, the watch is easy to read, as well as extremely accurate. The Pellaton winding system, which has been used in all IWC watches since the 1950’s, and the Caliber 51011, the largest winding automatic movement available in the world, make the Portuguese Automatic perfectly precise. The watch also has a balance wheel that is screwed down with adjusted cams on the arms and a Breguet spiral that lend to its flawless precision. A seven day power reserve allows for extended use, but the gearing will shut off before all power has been exhausted (this can cause tension on the spring, which means diminished precision).

Because every watch in the Portuguese collection is an Automatic, there are many beautiful watches to choose from when shopping for an IWC Portuguese time piece. Ranging from silver to black to blue dials and a matching alligator leather strap, personalization is an added luxury to an elegant Portuguese. The available styles and combinations are:

  • 18-carat white gold with dark brown alligator leather strap and ardoise dial – $23,700
  • 18-carat red gold with dark brown alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $21,600
  • Stainless steel with black alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $12,400
  • Stainless steel with blue alligator leather strap and silver-plated dial – $12,400
  • Stainless steel with black alligator leather strap and black dial – $12,400

The price tag on the Portuguese Automatic is as customized as the different designs. Prices can range anywhere from $12,400 to $23,700, according to the International Watch Company’s official website. The pricing is as serious as the designers who have crafted the Portuguese Automatic. Visit the official website of the Portuguese Automatic here to compare prices and models.


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IWC Takes the Cake

Written by Debbie. Posted in IWC

The end of every year is a fun time to see what brands are the best, worst, who got married, divorced, had a baby and more. So, it goes that there are polls for best luxury watch brand and on one conducted by Luxist.com, IWC came in on the top. IWC beat out other brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger Le-Coultre and Patek Philippe.

IWC (International Watch Company) may not be the most trendy or popular watch line, but it is one of the most revered. Made just for men, IWC was founded by an American ex-pat in 1868 in Switzerland.  IWC watches are understated yet made with excellent craftsmanship and this combination has won them many admirers among those that can afford to own one.

IWC seeks to make watches for those that “attach value to mechanics and the highest quality.” They are sporty watches but not sporty looking; they are elegant and extremely well-made. Collection names like the Big Pilot, Ingenieur, Pilots Chronograph and the Portuguese are highly acclaimed.

The Pilot, along with the Aquatimer are diving themed watches, while the other collections tend to relate more to classic “thinking person” timepieces.

The Vintage collection offers watches with a classic cockpit look, and the Specialties collection includes the Grande Complications model, with 21 functions and displays, including a perpetual calendar for the next 500 years.

IWC does not mass produce its watches which makes them retain a sense of understated class; something that these days is not always that highly prized. Fans of IWC watches are fans because they love the way the watch is made and how it looks, not because they want to turn heads with it.

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Luxury Watches Raising Money for Charities

Written by Debbie. Posted in News

Both Audemars Piguet and IWC have recently donated special watches to raise money for charities.

The Royal Oak Abruzzo Tourbillon Chronograph Watch by AP was auctioned off to support the Abruzzo nel Cuore’ foundation.  Audemars Piguet created this one a kind watch specifically for the event and since it has “Royal Oak” in the name, you can be sure that it retains certain features from this famous collection, such as the hour markers and hands, as well as the “mega tapestry” pattern on the dial. This modern looking watch also brings new elements not often found in the Royal Oak line, into play, such as a 30 minute chronograpgh and a tourbillon complication. The case is made from titanium and comes with a matching folding buckle. This watch, along with other memorabilia, brought in over $200,000 for the charity.AP Abruzzo Tourbillon Chronograph

Luxury watch maker, IWC (International Watch Company), for the fourth year creates a special edition watch called the “IWC-Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” series. IWC and the Laureus Foundatin first joined hands in 2006 and every year thereafter have worked together to offer kids around the world other alternatives to violence, drug abuse, disease and poverty. This is grand undertaking which is why IWC makes a limited series of 1,000 watches to raise funds for the foundation. As a model for this special series, IWC uses their Portuguese Automatic watch and this year adds a blue dial and blue alligator leather strap. Each watch has a specially engraved caseback that shows the number within the series and a “team spirit” medallion that shows kids with their arms interlinked. This image was done by a 12 year old boy from Sri-Lanka, one of the children that IWC and the Laureus Foundation seeks to help.IWCPortAutoSportsGood

The case of this “IWC-Laureus Sport for Good Foundation” watch measures 42.3 mm and is made from stainless steel. To contrast the blue dial are two silver subdials with blue hands; the subdial on the left indicates small seconds, while the one at the right shows the status of the 7-day power reserve. There is a small date window located at the 6 o’clock position and an IWC-signed folding clasp in stainless steel.

It’s nice to see companies like Audemars Piguet and IWC, who have made millions by selling luxury watches over the years, donate their time, name and products to charities.

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