New Addition to IWC’s Portugieser Collection Unveiled Ahead of SIHH 2015

By Paul Joseph

Swiss watchmakers IWC have unveiled one of the timepieces from its new Portugieser collection for 2015 ahead of its official launch at the SIHH watch fair in Geneva later this month.

The Portugieser Annual Calendar has been added to the iconic collection which, in the year of its 75th anniversary, has been renamed to reflect its original moniker.

The new timepiece is IWC’s first annual calendar and bridges the gap between the perpetual calendar and the simple date display.

Notable features include the new IWC-manufactured 52850 calibre, boasting two barrels that keep the new function supplied with ample energy and leaving enough left for a 7-day power reserve.

“With the 75th jubilee of the Portugieser in 2015, IWC is celebrating the birthday of a genuine icon,” says Georges Kern, CEO of IWC. “The Portugieser is not only one of our oldest and best-known watches but prob¬ably also the most prestigious of our brand.”

“With a wealth of so¬phisticated complications and movements, the Portugieser line has for many years come to symbolize our expertise as manufacturers of movement. None of our other watch families incorporates so many of the technical tours de force of haute horlogerie.”

The SIHH watch fair takes place from 19th-23rdJanuary.

By Paul Joseph