IWC Portugieser Calendrier Annuel

IWC Portugieser Calendrier Annuel (SIHH 2015)

by Guillaume V - 13/01/2015

Only a few days before the SIHH 2015, IWC unravelled a new model strangely called “Portugieser Annual Calendar”. It is highly probable that the final name of this model will be “Portugaise Annual Calendar”. Wait and see !

But whatever its name is, only the result matters : this watch is exquisite, both technically and aesthetically !

On the mechanical side, the “Portugieser Annual Calendar” is powered by the brand new 52850 movement, manufactured by IWC. With its 2 barrels, this caliber has enough power to keep going the different disks displaying the calendar’s information while offering a serious power reserve of 7 days (168 hours).

The annual calendar actually takes into account the length of the different months, but contrary to the perpetual calendar, it doesn’t deal with the variable length of February or leap years. A small manual correction through the crown is to be planned once a year. Nothing too serious, obviously.

Furthermore, it is important to note that this movement is the first one of a series of manufactured calibers that will be produced by IWC in the years to come. Some beautiful mechanics to wait for !

As for the dial, the balance is excellent. Information on the calendar are displayed at 12 o’clock within a triple aperture whereas the small second is found at 9 o’clock and the power reserve indication is at 3 o’clock. Some will regret seeing the text “Annual Calendar” below the calendar. Leaving it out would have given a sleeker look to the dial and wouldn’t have hurt its elegance in any way. But no need to be picky: this remains a beautiful addition to the Portuguese collection. Incidentally, this watch is not without referencing the original model of 1939 - with its 44.2 mm case, its grooved crown, its Arabic numerals and its leaf-shaped hands.

The Portugieser Annual Calendar is available in 3 versions described below. They will be available during 2015 but the prices have not been disclosed yet. Those, and there will be quite a few, that will be seduced by this piece will have to be patient.

 

IWC Portugaise Annual Calendar, steel, silver dial

Features :

  • Réf. IW503501
  • Steel round case of a 44.2 mm diameter and a 15.3 mm of height
  • Verre saphir antireflets sur les 2 faces, cadran argenté
  • Clear caseback
  • Water resistant 3 bar
  • Hours, Minutes, Small Second, Date, Day of the week, Month, Caliber 52850 (automatic winding, 36 jewels - 28,800 alt/h - 168 hours of power reserve)
  • Black alligator leather strap, steel folding clasp
  • Recommended retail price for France* = non disclosed

IWC Portugaise Annual Calendar, steel, midnight blue dial

Features :

  • Réf. IW503502
  • Steel round case of a 44.2 mm diameter and a 15.3 mm of height
  • Verre saphir antireflets sur les 2 faces, cadran bleu nuit
  • Clear caseback
  • Water resistant 3 bar
  • Hours, Minutes, Small Second, Date, Day of the week, Month, Caliber 52850 (automatic winding, 36 jewels - 28,800 alt/h - 168 hours of power reserve)
  • Black alligator leather strap, steel folding clasp
  • Recommended retail price for France* = non disclosed

IWC Portugaise Annual Calendar, Red Gold, silver dial

Features :

  • Réf. IW503504
  • 18K red gold round case of a 44.2 mm diameter and a 15.3 mm of height
  • Clear caseback
  • Water resistant 3 bar
  • Hours, Minutes, Small Second, Date, Day of the week, Month, Caliber 52850 (automatic winding, 36 jewels - 28,800 alt/h - 168 hours of power reserve)
  • Black alligator leather strap, 18K red gold folding clasp
  • Recommended retail price for France* = non disclosed