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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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Brief history of IWC and their biggest contributions to the watch world

Written by Debbie. Posted in News, Watch Brands

IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland

The International Watch Company Schaffhausen – or IWC – has been an innovative force since its inception in Switzerland in 1868, when Boston watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones set up in a factory in Schaffhausen. He made IWC unique by seeking to connect American production with Swiss craftsmanship, rather than following the techniques of French-based watch makers.

Starting with their unique beginnings set far apart from other watch company’s, the International Watch Company has created a reputation as an innovative and technologically inventive manufacturer of watches. IWC Schaffhausen watches reflect a combination of “precision engineering with exclusive design” – characteristics that have enabled the company to grow from an outsider to a leader in watchmaking.

Although F.A. Jones started with pocket watches, IWC’s variety of timepieces has grown. There are now multiple watch families within the IWC brand that boast all of the technological innovations and classic traditions from which the company was built. After IWC made a name for itself with their first pocket watch, the Magique, and their creation of the first watches to display the Pallweber system of digital hours and minutes, they launched the Pilot’s Watch collection in 1936. Throughout the decades, the Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino watch collections followed. These collections have become iconic models that have been recently updated with automatic movements and more contemporary designs. The updated watches are part of the IWC Vintage Collection. You can browse through all of IWC’s collections here.

The two causes that IWC supports are environmental awareness and youth disadvantages. On its website, IWC states that the company “has a corporate philosophy that embraces ecological responsibility and social commitment.” IWC has achieved international success with their global projects concerning ecological and social matters.

For years now, IWC Schaffhausen has been striving to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. In 2003, IWC production was moved to two new buildings composed of insulated glass and innovative ventilation that were designed to reduce IWC’s CO2 footprint. Its production facilities have given them certification as a climate-neutral company. Through the use of innovative production technologies and alternative energy use, IWC has been able to reduce emissions by 90 percent.

Not only does IWC strive for environmental impact awareness in the workplace, its employees are rewarded with financial incentives for making individual efforts to reduce their own CO2 footprints in their personal lives as well.

All of IWC Schaffhausen’s efforts to become an environmentally friendly company reflect the root of its philosophy. Georges Kern, CEO IWC Schaffhausen, explains that “beyond the confines of our company, at IWC we aim for similar standards in our response to the environmental challenges of today, supporting landmark projects around the globe.” IWC Schaffhausen is a member of Climate Group, an international non-profit organization that strives to reduce global emissions by implementing a clean industrial revolution. Passion for innovation is reflected in IWC’s research efforts with the “Plastiki” Expedition, which delves into the problems surrounding some of the most environmentally threatened areas on the planet and seeks to reduce plastic waste.

IWC Schaffhausen is also committed to promoting social causes, such as the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, an organization that beings awareness and support for social and physical handicaps in children all over the world. The Charles Darwin Foundation, a cause devoted to preserving the natural ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands, also has the support of the IWC.

IWC Schaffhausen’s passion for ecological and social improvements can only be matched by its passion for exquisite watch manufacturing. Visit IWC’s website for more information about the company’s products and impact.

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Top Ten Sports-Watches You Can Actually Use While Playing Sports

Written by Debbie. Posted in Men's Watches

There are many directions one can consider when trying to form a basis for a list of the best watches to wear while playing sports. Do you put a greater emphasis on style, functionality or durability? Does price matter? Should which sport a watch applies to be relative for this consideration? With those thoughts in mind I compiled the following list of watches, in no particular order:

Ebel 1911 Tekton Automatic Chronograph FC Bayern Munich

Ebel 1911 Tekton Automatic Chronograph FC Bayern Munich– Ebel has partnerships with many professional soccer clubs in Europe and has produced limited edition models for other clubs, like Premier League club Arsenal, but the limited edition model Ebel crafted for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich is my favorite from a visual standpoint and also figures to be the most durable. But probably the feature that appeals most to soccer fans lies in the watch’s movement, the Ebel Caliber 245 which the company claims is the first movement specifically designed for soccer. The Caliber 245 is designed to measure match-half times and even indicates extra time when needed.

Suunto X6-HRM

Suunto X6-HRM– Finnish watchmaker Suunto was probably aiming to appeal more to the outdoorsmen than the athlete (as evident by the inclusion of altimeter, clinometer, thermometer, barometer and compass) but the heart-rate monitor and the ability to record information from the watch directly to your computer is a useful aspect for any athlete. The aluminum case and black rubber bands should make this watch effectively durable for most sports, at least not the overtly physical ones.

Richard Mille RM 053 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough

Richard Mille RM 053 Tourbillon Pablo Mac Donough– Designed in conjunction with the world’s top ranked polo player, Pablo Mac Donough, this watch was made to survive the physicality of polo matches and therefore should be more than capable of being durable enough to survive in any sport. Throw in the fact that it is a unique and elegant piece and it was a lock to make this list.

Traser H3 P6600 Type 6 Mil-G–  Any watch worn by the United States Navy SEALs and the British SAS is probably durable enough to handle any sport. This simple black watch prides itself in its readability and is more than durable enough to accommodate sports of all kinds.

G-Shock Classic GA200BW-1A

G-Shock Classic GA200BW-1A– The Casio-owned G-Shock brand is designed to be ultra-shock resistant and this watch is no different. Which makes it a good watch for athletes in more physical sports.Hublot King Power UEFA Euro 2012 Ukraine

Hublot King Power UEFA Euro 2012 Ukraine– This limited edition watch was made to commemorate the Euro Cup 2012 soccer tournament and is one of two designs based after the host-nations, the other model being Poland. It features a 45-minute counter at 9 o’clock, the same length as a half of soccer; a feature sure to please soccer fans.Nike+ Sportswatch GPS

Nike+ Sportswatch GPS– With a TomTom powered GPS, and all of the interfacing capabilities of the Nike+ brand this is likely to be a favorite among runners but at a weight of a mere 2.33 ounces it should also appeal to athletes in different sports as well.

IWC Ingeniur Automatic Mission Earth

IWC Ingeniur Automatic Mission Earth– A watch designed to master extreme conditions, like the top of Mt. Everest or the deserts of Africa, this watch could do well for any athlete, especially with its integrated shock absorber softening the blows to this ultra-durable and stylish timepiece.TAG-Heuer Professional Sports Watch Golf Watch

TAG-Heuer Professional Sports Watch Golf Watch– This stylish timepiece is exceptionally lightweight and promises to offer comfort and ease of movement; characteristics all athletes would enjoy.Timex Ironman Shock Resistant Steel 30-Lap

Timex Ironman Shock Resistant Steel 30-Lap– Definitely one of the least expensive watches on this list, this is a great watch for runners. The 30-lap Memory Recall, 99-lap counter and 24-hour countdown timer are all features sure to please runners while its durability should help it appeal to athletes in other sports as well.

Well, that completes my list and, as you can see, I decided to focus more on durability and functionality than on price or design. While I’ve included watches in a wide range of prices I think the right watch is entirely dependent on which sport it is being used for, not how expensive it is. These are just the watches I felt best fit my parameters and you’re more than welcome to disagree as long as you admit that never has there been a more motley assembly of watches on a top ten list than this one.

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IWC, Classic Craftsmanship

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

IWC Portuguese Watch

The IWC Men’s Portuguese Chronograph Automatic Watch is a favorite of mine.  IWC is famous for their watchmaking, and needs no introduction, however if you haven’s been exposed to this amazing company and their phenomenal timepieces…this is a good start.  This IWC men’s Portuguese Chronograph is from the Portuguese series.  The IW371417 is a Swiss made watch with automatic movement.  The bezel is made from stainless-steel and has a stationary bezel function.  IWC placed a scratch resistant sapphire crystal on the dial.  The face on this men’s version is white, with accents of blue hour markers as well as the arms and hands.  The bracelet is in a deep dark black leather and measures in a men’s length. The Portuguese line has several variations, but this is definitely my favorite.  I like the white on black contrast and the blue accents give this watch extra interest.  The professional craftsman at IWC have been re-inventing timekeeping for over 100 years, and have become true masters in their field.  Accurate movement and precision engineering were the cornerstones by which IWC built their reputation and their business.  Get more familiar with this watchmaker and you will surely be more and more impressed, just as I have been.

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Go On An Underwater Adventure With IWC

Written by Debbie. Posted in Diving Watches, IWC, More News, Watch Brands

Dive Deep With IWC

IWC has built a reputation specializing in chronometry.  Rooted in Engineering, this extraordinary watchmaker has made history with their impressive inventions, like their diver’s watch that can withstand depths up to 2000 meters.  As if that isn’t incredible enough, this is the only diver’s watch equipped with a mechanical depth gauge.  IWC’s amazing lines of diver’s watches, appropriately named the “Aquatimers” have been among the cornerstones for the company.  These are high performance, professional instruments and are well-respected and trusted in the industry.

The 3767 Aquatimer Chronograph is one in this line of timepieces.  This is a self-winding mechanical, with chronograph movement.  When fully wound, this watch holds a 44 hour power reserve, which comes in handy when you’re out at sea. The IWC  Aquatimer is water-resistant to 12 bars, and come with luminescent features on the hands.  The stunning face of this watch is accented with colors that are highly visible at great depths.  The different versions are offered with either a durable rubberized strap, or a solid stainless-steel, in a polished finish.  All the IWC Aquatimer watches have a rotating external bezel, which marks the beginning of a dive.

It’s hard to compete with IWC’s diving watches.  They have been carefully engineered, down to the smallest detail for peak precision and performance.  Next time I go deep-sea diving…I would feel safer having one of these strapped to my wrist.

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IWC Portuguese Watch At Film Launch

Written by Debbie. Posted in IWC, Men's Watches, News

 

Portuguese Watch

Geneva – January 2010 – IWC re-launched its Portuguese line of watches with a film starring Hollywood actor Jean Reno at the SIHH Watch Fair.   The setting was nautically inspired with more than 600 guests in attendance for the cocktail reception at the Espace Secheron.

Noted best-selling author Paulo Coelho was in attendance among many famous actors.  The theme of the evening was all things navigational and nautical.  A meteorologist gave an introduction to the science of forecasting weather and an expert explained the functionality of a sextant.  Modern and antique cartography were compared.  The function of longitude and latitude and their relevance as coordinate systems were discussed.

Swiss film company Condor Films along with French director and actor Didier Flamand and IWC produced a short film for the re-launch of the Portuguese Watch.  Called The Spirit of Navigation the movie is a work of philosophical reflections of the astronomers, scientists, and seafarers of long ago.  Jean Reno is the protagonist and tells the 6,000 year old story and the development of nautical instrumentation.  The Portuguese Watch embodies precision, elegance and sophistication as a homage to the navigational instrumentation of old.

Probus Scafusia IWC’s motto which translates to mean “good solid craftsmanship from Schaffhusen” holds true to all they do.

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IWC design watch for “Year of the Tiger”

Written by Debbie. Posted in IWC, Luxury Watches, News

Entering the Year of the Tiger, we find many people who want to add a little tiger into their wardrobes. IWC did something special in its honor too.

Strange as it may seem, while animal pelts have always been associated with royalty, animal imprints have been seen as non-classy and sometimes even crass. Leaopard, tiger, cheetah and other animals have been stripped of their fur for the aristocratic wardrobe, while the simpler classes simply stuck to simple pictures of animals.

Regardless of one’s personal choice on design, it would be safe to say that most people have a certain appeal to them, perhaps because of their glamor and exotic appearance. Even fashion designers have always found animals, either through imagery or fur, as an extreme styling choice.

Many people seem to have looked for different ways to inject a little bit of tiger-ness into their office, party or just casual wear. Some have chosen a tiger pattern tie or tiger-print velvet slippers, both designed and manufactured by leading fashion brands.

A number of brands have found other ways, some more loud, others subtler, to express the Year of the Tiger message.

Perhaps the most appealing to a classy businessman would be the IWC watch with a special print dedicating it to the Year of the Tiger. But don’t get too excited, only 210 were made of this limited edition!

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IWC Releases another Limited Edition to Benefit At-Risk Youth

Written by Debbie. Posted in IWC, Luxury Watches, Men's Watches, Women's Watches

IWC WatchWith its new special edition timepiece, Swiss watch manufacturer IWC, continues with its theme of making luxury watches to benefit good causes. The company’s fourth special edition was made to benefit the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and utilizes the design basics of the IWC Portuguese Automatic timepiece.

This limited edition model comes with a bright blue dial and a leather strap that pays homage to the work that Laureus has done with youth around the world. The foundation provides positive alternatives to addiction, violence, poverty and disease. Since it began its partnership with the Laureus Foundation in 2006, IWC has presented a limited series of watches every year.

This IWC Portuguese edition will be offered in a limited edition of 1,000 timepieces, each engraved with a number, and a “team spirit” medallion that features children with arms interlinked. The image itself is the work of a twelve year old Sri Lankan boy, whose drawing was chosen from hundreds of drawings submitted by children around the world. In addition to being a touching symbol of the Laureus Foundation’s mission, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these watches will fund worldwide Laureus projects aimed at helping at-risk youth.

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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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