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IWC Portugieser Chronograph

IWC Schaffhausen presents three new versions of the Portugieser Chronograph. Two new models, one with a burgundy dial, the other with a green one, extend the collection. IWC also unveiled a boutique edition of the popular chronograph with an 18-carat 5N gold case and a blue dial. All watches are powered by the IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre and feature a see-through sapphire glass back.

Portugieser Chronograph

An open, clear and functionally designed dial with two recessed totalisers at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock, appliqued Arabic numerals and slim feuille hands: These are the design cues that have made the Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. 3716) one of IWC’s most successful models. But equally responsible for giving the watch its unique character is the flange, which features a printed quarter-second scale. It not only allows precise reading of stop times but also gives this timeless Portugieser the qualities of a nautical instrument. The two stainless steel styles are equipped with a newly developed butterfly folding clasp, which is particularly comfortable to wear.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

All three models are driven by a chronograph movement from the 69000-calibre family. The IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre is a rugged and precise chronograph movement with a classic column-wheel design. It can be admired through the transparent sapphire glass back. Stop times are clearly indicated on the subdial at 12 o’clock.

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

IWC Schaffhausen presents the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42. For the first time, the famous IWC calendar complication is integrated in an IWC-manufactured movement from the 82000-calibre family. The timepiece, which has a diameter of 42 millimetres, displays the calendar information on three subdials. IWC is also unveiling a boutique edition of the iconic 44-millimetre Portugieser Perpetual Calendar in 18-carat Armor Gold®.

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

Rigorously thought through and developed to meet users’ needs with a focus on maximum autonomy and simple operation: No other complication expresses IWC’s values quite as eloquently as the perpetual calendar developed by legendary watchmaker Kurt Klaus in the 1980s. For the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42 (Ref. 3442), IWC has integrated the iconic complication for the first time with an in-house movement from the 82000-calibre family. Its compact dimensions have made it possible to offer the watch a diameter of just 42 millimetres. The IWC-manufactured 82650 calibre advances the calendar module with a single impulse during the night. The automatic Pellaton winding is equipped with zirconium oxide ceramic components and builds up a power reserve of 60 hours. The movement can be admired through the transparent sapphire glass back.

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42

The perpetual calendar’s mechanical programme independently recognises the different lengths of the months and adds an extra day at the end of February every four years. All the displays are perfectly synchronised with each other and can be adjusted simply via the crown. In this version of the calendar, the displays for the date, month and day of the week are distributed over three subdials at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. The perpetual moon phase display was integrated into the month display and deviates from the actual orbit of the moon by only one day after 577.5 years. An indicator in the weekday display counts the years until the next leap year.

Ref. IW503312 Boutique Edition

Boutique Edition of the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar

The classic Portugieser Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 5033) with a 44-millimetre diameter displays the calendar information on four subdials. In addition to the displays for the date, day, month and moon phase, it features a four-digit year display, small seconds and a power reserve display. Newly available is a Boutique Edition with maritime-inspired design cues, an 18-carat Armor Gold® case, a blue dial and a blue alligator leather strap by Santoni.

The timepiece is powered by the IWC-manufactured 52610 calibre, which features a bidirectional Pellaton winding system fitted with components made of virtually wearfree zirconium oxide ceramic. Two barrels build up a power reserve of seven days.

Ref. IW503312 Boutique Edition

Practical and User-Friendly

Back in the 1980s, IWC’s legendary watchmaker Kurt Klaus designed a perpetual calendar that comprised only about 80 individual parts. The complication premiered in the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 3750) of 1985. For the first time, a perpetual calendar had a four-digit year display and a perpetual moon-phase display. A further attractive new feature was its high user-friendliness. All displays are perfectly synchronised and, if the watch has not been worn for some time, are easily advanced using only the crown. In 2003 the perpetual calendar appeared in the Portugieser family for the first time. The calendar module has been continuously improved over the years. It will require a correction only in 2100 because, due to a quirk of the Gregorian calendar, the leap year that would normally occur then, will be omitted.

Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph

The New Portugieser Yacht Club Combines Timeless Elegance With Sporty Flair

IWC Schaffhausen presents the new Portugieser Yacht Club. Novel nautical functions and elegant case proportions together with high robustness and water-resistance make this nautical sports watch the perfect companion on deck and ashore. The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide is the first model to feature IWC’s newly developed tide indication. The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph will be available in three versions.

IWC Yacht Club Chronograph

Since 2010, the Portugieser Yacht Club has brought a sporting note to the family. As a nautical sports watch, it combines timeless elegance with ruggedness and high water-resistance. These characteristics make the Yacht Club an extremely versatile watch that cuts a fine figure both on water and land. Two eye-catching features in the new models are the filigree bezel and flat casing ring. Together, they lend the case, with its 44-millimetre diameter, particularly elegant proportions.

Yacht Club Chronograph

IWC has also launched the 3rd generation of the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph (Ref. 3907). Featuring a 44 mm case this nautical sports chronograph combines timeless elegance with high robustness and a water-resistance of 6 bar. All three models offer highly ergonomic metal bracelets in either stainless steel or steel and 18-carat 5N gold.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

Ticking away inside these watches is the IWC manufactured 89361 calibre. It displays the stopped hours and minutes in a single totaliser at 12 o’clock. Thanks to its flyback function, the stopwatch hands can be returned to zero simply by pressing the reset button, and a new timing sequence starts immediately. The automatic winding builds up a power reserve of 68 hours. The movement can be viewed through the transparent case back.

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon

IWC Schaffhausen presents two Portugieser models featuring Haute Horlogerie complications. The Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph combines a tourbillon with a retrograde date display and chronograph, while the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon boasts a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar.

The tourbillon is one of watchmaking’s most fascinating achievements. Effectively, it involves the balance rotating around its axis in a cage. This not only provides a visual spectacle on the dial: the constant rotation also reduces the influence of gravity on the oscillating system and increases the watch’s accuracy.

Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph

The Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph (Ref. 3940) combines a flying minute tourbillon at 6 o’clock with a retrograde date display at 9 o’clock and a flyback chronograph. The model is available in two versions, both limited to 50 watches. One is housed in an 18-carat Armor Gold® case with a blue dial featuring the maritime inspired design cues of the Boutique Editions. Thanks to its improved micro-structure, this innovative new material has considerably higher hardness values than traditional 5N gold alloys. A second version is available in platinum.

The IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre is self-winding and builds up a power reserve of 68 hours. The chronograph displays stopped hours and minutes in a single totaliser at 12 o’clock. Thanks to its hacking tourbillon, the watch can be stopped completely, allowing the time to be set with down-to-the-second accuracy. The pallet lever and escape wheel are treated with Diamond Shell® technology, giving it an extremely hard surface that reduces friction and improves the flow of energy in the movement.

Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph

The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon (Ref. 5045) brings together the two complications that give the watch its name. Two References are available, both limited to 50 each. One will be available as a Boutique Edition with an 18-carat Armor Gold® case, while the second will be available in platinum.

The IWC-manufactured 51950 calibre combines a perpetual calendar with a tourbillon that has 82 individual parts and weighs only 0.635 grams. To make it visible at 12 o’clock, the calendar module’s advance ring was opened, and the moon phase integrated into the month display at 6 o’clock. With its 18-carat gold rotor, the automatic winding system builds up a large, seven-day power reserve. The perpetual calendar’s mechanical programme automatically recognises the different lengths of the months and adds an extra day at the end of February every four years. The moon phase display is so precise that it will need adjusting by one day after 577.5 years.

Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon
Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide

The New Portugieser Yacht Club Combines Timeless Elegance With Sporty Flair

IWC Schaffhausen presents the new Portugieser Yacht Club. Novel nautical functions and elegant case proportions together with high robustness and water-resistance make this nautical sports watch the perfect companion on deck and ashore. The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide is the first model to feature IWC’s newly developed tide indication. The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph will be available in three versions.

Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide

Since 2010, the Portugieser Yacht Club has brought a sporting note to the family. As a nautical sports watch, it combines timeless elegance with ruggedness and high water-resistance. These characteristics make the Yacht Club an extremely versatile watch that cuts a fine figure both on water and land. Two eye-catching features in the new models are the filigree bezel and flat casing ring. Together, they lend the case, with its 44-millimetre diameter, particularly elegant proportions.

The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide (Ref. 344001) is the first watch from IWC to sport the newly developed tide indication. A subdial at 6 o’clock indicates the expected times for the next high and low tide. The double moon phase display at 12 o’clock has been enhanced to show spring and neap tides and thus provides information about the strength of the current tides. Spring tides, which bring particularly high water, occur at full moon and new moon.

Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide

The module for the double moon phase display and the tide display is driven by the IWC-manufactured 82835 calibre. This robust automatic movement features a Pellaton winding fitted with ceramic components and offers a power reserve of 60 hours. It can be viewed through the transparent sapphire glass back.

Cate Blanchett Plays A Leading Role
At The Presentation Of The 5Th Filmmaker Award

Acclaimed actor and producer Cate Blanchett has presented the 5th Filmmaker Award. The award ceremony took place during the 15th Zurich Film Festival at an exclusive IWC Schaffhausen private dinner at rooftop restaurant Haute. The award, which is worth CHF 100,000, supports Swiss film projects that are in the production or post-production stage. A few days earlier, the Zurich Film Festival was officially opened with “Die Stimme des Regenwaldes” by Niklaus Hilber, a previous winner of the Filmmaker Award.

Few individuals in the film industry possess the appeal of Cate Blanchett: Since the 1990s, the Australian actor, who is also an IWC brand ambassador has appeared in dozens of feature films and TV series. In 2014, she won Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her leading role in “Blue Jasmine”, having already won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator” in 2004. Blanchett is not only omnipresent on the silver screen; she also regularly appears on stage and is involved in various projects as a producer or artistic director. She also works tirelessly with charitable organisations and other partners to improve society or the environment. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR, she is focused on the issue of forced displacement and statelessness, meeting with refugee families overseas and addressing states and corporate leaders at the UN Security Council. Blanchett’s many successes also inspire countless women who want to gain a foothold in the film industry.

She presented the 5th Filmmaker Award at an exclusive IWC Schaffhausen private dinner at the restaurant Haute, which was held as part of the 15th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF). She was spotted wearing the new Portofino Automatic 34, the latest women’s watches added to IWC’s iconic Portofino line and currently the smallest in the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer’s portfolio.

“WANDA, MY MIRACLE” WINS THE 5TH FILMMAKER AWARD

Atotal of thirty-eight projects had applied for the 5th Filmmaker Award. The jury finally selected “Wanda, My Miracle” as the winner. The film tells the story of a Polish woman named Wanda. While looking after an older Swiss couple in their villa, she embarks on an affair with their youngest son Gregor and unexpectedly becomes pregnant. The film will be released in 2020. Directed by Bettina Oberli from Bern, it is produced by Lukas Hobi and Reto Schaerli, who, in addition to the Filmmaker Award, were also presented with a Portugieser Automatic (IW500703) from IWC Schaffhausen.

The premiere of “Die Stimme des Regenwaldes” (“The voice of the rainforest”) by Niklaus Hilber likewise underscored the importance of the Filmmaker Award. This highly anticipated film had officially opened the ZFF on 26 September. Telling the gripping story of Swiss environmental activist Bruno Manser, who fought alongside the Penan people to save the rainforest in Malaysia, this project won the Filmmaker Award in 2017. “I am proud that the Filmmaker Award helped to bring this project to the large audience it deserves. The challenges involved in making this ambitious film have made it very clear that this award is essential for Swiss filmmakers,” explained Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.

IWC_Longest Flight_Stamp_CANYON

It’s been just over three weeks since pilots Steve Boultbee Brooks and Matt Jones set out on their epic round-the-world journey. Fresh from New York, they have been busy, trekking across the United States in their iconic Spitfire, and stops in Texas, Las Vegas and finally Santa Monica have dominated their schedule over the last few days.

DATE: September, 2

STOP OVER: New York – Santa Monica

PILOT REPORT:

“What a week! After bidding farewell to the Manhattan skyline and giving the Statue of Liberty a wave goodbye, we set to work making up some more kilometres. Luckily, the weather was firmly on our side and we had a productive few days making it out to Beaver County before continuing onwards.

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“However, just as we were getting into the groove, a temperature gauge failed in the cockpit at 8,500 feet, and we were forced to break our flow. Despite the technical difficulties, the guys at Comanche Ranch in Texas were perfect hosts, and whilst the problem was fixed, we had a wonderful day or so of respite, enjoying some amazing food.

“On our departure, we had the greatest send-off you can imagine. Two members of Houston’s brilliant Horsemen Flight Team flew up alongside us as we left Texas. It was such an honour to share the skies with two other stunning warbirds, as we continued our journey in our own beautiful aircraft.

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“Pressing on, we soon arrived in Nevada, and flying over the Grand Canyon at 3,000 feet was absolutely sensational. We also had a bird’s-eye view of the Las Vegas Strip, which was just as impressive. We couldn’t stop for long, and we eventually arrived in Santa Monica on August 28th. We will be here for a few days, before heading up to Vancouver.

 

“As we enjoy this brief hiatus, we’d really like to say how overwhelmed we’ve been by the warmth and generosity of the support we have experienced so far. The reception we and, of course, G-IRTY have received along the way has been quite simply fantastic, and we really want to thank all of our supporters for coming out to wish us well.”

NEXT SCHEDULED STOPS: US West Coast

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors,

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors, model Josephine Skriver and actress Ning Chang, to unveil the new Portofino 34mm line. The beautiful campaign was shot entirely on location in the idyllic Italian village, which inspired the collection’s name.

The bright and breezy shoot follows Skriver and Chang as they immerse themselves in a relaxed day on the Mediterranean coast. Authentic and spontaneous, it is imbued with a laid-back sense of style, reflecting the same easy-going elegance the Swiss watchmaker instils within the Portofino line. Photographed dipping toes in the sea, taking a boat and a classic car out for a spin, and tasting gelato on the quayside, the campaign depicts a glamorous pair of friends enjoying a picture-perfect day.

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors,

In a nod to the watches being launched, every shot is framed with a stunning Portofino backdrop, full of vibrant colour and timeless charm. This year’s new editions each feature an inventive easy-to-use strap change system, which allows the wearer to customise their own watch with up to 13 different strap options. Crafted by the Italian leather goods maker Santoni, hand-coloured shades include grey, light grey, black, blue, dark brown, bronze, orange, burgundy, raspberry pink, aubergine, green and indigo blue. A Milanese stainless steel mesh bracelet is available too. The new watches also have a feminine 34mm dial size – the smallest in IWC’s current collection.

Skriver, who has modelled for countless fashion houses around the globe, and Chang, who has appeared in over 40 films and television series in Asia, were both delighted to be asked to become the faces of the Portofino campaign, and wear the new designs.

“I couldn’t imagine beginning my relationship with IWC in a more perfect place,” said Skriver. “Portofino is a magical

location, and I have had such a great time with Ning Chang. One of the true joys of being a model is that I can encourage people to be bold in their fashion choices, and the new Portofino designs really represent this philosophy, as they can be adapted to fit your look or your mood.”

IWC Schaffhausen has teamed up with new brand ambassadors,

Chang added: “Exploring Portofino with Josephine has been such a wonderful experience. I was so happy to be asked to become part of the IWC family, and to start in this beautiful place has been incredible. It is so exciting to work with such a creative brand. A Portofino watch is chic and elegant; it is the perfect addition to any outfit.”

The new watches remain loyal to the signature Portofino codes, with their sleek style and uncluttered dials, but IWC has also sought to introduce a dash more colour, and a more feminine spirit into the line.

“We wanted the new campaign to be light-hearted and fresh,” said Franziska Gsell, CMO of IWC Schaffhausen. “The watches are elegant and modern as ever, and Josephine and Ning Chang are great representatives for this ethos. We are pleased to have them both on board as brand ambassadors. Just like IWC, passion and creativity are present in everything they do, and the photoshoot really highlights their natural beauty and energy.”

All the new Portofino models are now available in IWC boutiques and authorised IWC retailers in China and Hong Kong, arriving in the rest of the world throughout October 2019.

Kurt Klaus

During this year’s SIHH 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the great honour to be able to interview Kurt Klaus, Inventor at IWC Schaffhausen. He kindly talked to us about IWC Schaffhausen and more.

Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher