IWC REPLICA PORTUGIESER PERPETUAL CALENDAR DIGITAL DATE-MONTH EDITION “75TH ANNIVERSARY”

In 2015, the large digital date and month display becomes a dominant feature of the IWC replica Portugieser IWC fake watches family. Limited to just 25 IWC fake watches in platinum and 75 of each of the red gold editions, the new Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” is equipped with a wealth of sophisticated complications that are available in this combination only from IWC replica Schaffhausen.


The digital perpetual calendar is one of the outstanding technological advances made by the Schaffhausen-based watchmaking company. With the new Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” (Ref. 3972), the Portugieser IWC fake watches family now includes a model featuring a digital display for the date and month. This exclusive timepiece packs a wealth of IWC replicawatchmaking expertise into its 45-millimetre case: perpetual calendar, large digital date, leap year display, chronograph with flyback function and the IWC replica-manufactured 89801 calibre with its quick-action switch and efficient double-pawl winding mechanism. On the occasion of its relaunch to mark the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser family, the IWC fake watches is fitted with an arched-edge front glass and Santoni alligator leather strap and has an attractive new calibre design. The IWC fake watches is limited to 25 pieces in platinum and 75 pieces each in 18-carat red gold with either a black or silver-plated dial.


CHANGING WAYS OF SEEING THINGS IN THE COURSE OF TIME
The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” makes allowances for the different ways of seeing things that have developed over the centuries: the dial combines two striking, highly legible analogue displays (time and chronograph) with three digital ones (date, month and leap year). Today, most people prefer to read the time with the help of hands but are happy if the date is shown in figures. This was not always so, as can be demonstrated by the example of the time of day. In 1884, IWC replica unveiled its first Pallweber-style pocket IWC fake watches with a jumping digital display showing the hours and minutes. The IWC fake watches were an enormous hit, but then, after just 3 years, the craze was over. When digital time displays were embraced on a massive scale with the quartz IWC fake watches of the 1970s, the watchmakers in Schaffhausen stuck to their guns and continued to use hour and minute hands. And for a good reason: on a digital display, the abstract information contained, for instance, in “11:45” first needs to be mentally processed, whereas the spatial arrangement of the hands on an analogue IWC fake watches is understood quickly and intuitively. It is, simply, “quarter to twelve”.


DISPLAYING STOP TIMES IS UNCANNILY SIMPLE
Just how intensively the designers in Schaffhausen have thought about our habitual ways of seeing things can be seen from the chronograph display on the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month “75th Anniversary”. While considering whether there was a way to make the figures in the various subdials of a conventional chronograph easier to process, they hit on the idea of displaying the stopped hours and minutes in a totalizer – just like the time of day. The stopped seconds continued to be shown by the central seconds hand. From a design point of view this may seem ingeniously simple, but technically speaking it is very difficult to implement. To turn the “IWC fake watches-within-a-IWC fake watches” concept into reality, a team at IWC replica worked for 4 years on the in-house 89360-calibre chronograph movement with its particularly efficient double-pawl winding mechanism. In this assembly, four pawls arranged diagonally to the pawl wheel – in other words two sets of double pawls – convey the push-and-pull motion from the rotor to the barrel. This solution eliminates dead spots during winding and boosts the system’s efficiency by a significant 30 per cent. The further-developed in-house 89801 calibre is now used in the Reference 3972. Like its predecessor, it features an integrated flyback function that enables the user to reset the running stopwatch hands to zero simply by pushing the button, and to start another timing sequence immediately.

IWC Replica Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph Watch

With the new IWC replica Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph, “IWC replica presents its first-ever model with an ingenious single push-button chronograph” for Watches & Wonders 2015 (essentially SIHH for Asia, taking place in Hong Kong this Fall). The timing of this debut, perhaps not without a hint of irony, is fortunate, as it comes shortly after we have discussed at length this particular complication in our recent “Why Monopusher Chronographs Are Primitive & A Brief History Of The Chronograph Watch Complication” feature article. With all that’s been said there, but no prejudices on our mind, let’s see how this latest addition to the IWC replica Portofino line is new.

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph Watch Watch Releases
Available in two colorways – in 18k white gold with a dark, metallic brown dial and in 18k red gold with a silver plated dial – the new IWC replica Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph features IWC replica‘s in-house made 59360 caliber. At 45 millimeters wide, IWC replicaonce again went for what probably is the largest diameter that could possibly work for such a historical and indeed more dressy-looking piece like the Portofino. The thin and short lugs are barely noticeable next to the steroid-infused round case and its thin bezel; the width of the strap, thinness of the lugs and expansive dial are all part of a daring game with proportions – striking the right balance between a larger case size and the limiting factor of defining design elements (such as the smaller and delicate-looking lugs of the Portofino) is not always easy.
There is one good justification for this gargantuan size for an otherwise more refined and less “dernier cri” collection: an in-house movement that packs 8 days of power reserve. The 59360 is the latest iteration of the brand’s cleverly designed 59000 base 8-day caliber, now featuring a monopusher chronograph complication – IWC replica did debut a unique piece Portofino earlier this year with this movement inside for the Tribeca Film Festival.

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph Watch Watch Releases
Thanks to the architecture of the base movement, some indications on the dial are at the exact same location as on some other, previously debuted Portofino pieces. In this instance, the date is still at the 3 o’clock position, running seconds is at six, and the power reserve is at 8, while the chronograph seconds indication has been installed in the center and the 60-minute counter is at 12. The chronograph, unsurprisingly, can be operated by pressing the push-button set into the center of the crown – this will cycle the column wheel that is cleverly and fully exposed on the case back side, starting, stopping, and resetting the stopwatch.

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph Watch Watch Releases
The IWC replica Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph is a natural extension to the collection, following date and big-date versions based on the same caliber. The chronograph adds to the complexity of the piece – both technically and aesthetically – while the monopusher layout, in this rare instance, applies the evergreen rule of “less is more,” allowing the perfectly round Portofino case to remain visually intact and – save for the contemporary size – timeless. Price for the IWC replica Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph (ref. IW515103) in white gold is $27,100, and in red gold (ref. IW515104), the price is $25,400.