In the universe of watches there are restricted editions… and there are restricted releases. Today we’re going to show you a restricted release that you presumably have never seen. It’s something uncommon, just 25 pieces at any point made, and it isn’t even included on the brand’s site. We’re discussing an IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound, anyway your normal Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound, yet one that is skeletonized, and we mean completely skeletonized! Here’s the IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound Squelette ref. 5462 01.
The ‘normal’ IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound – that’s ref. 5463 and it comes in 18k red or white gold – is as of now a dazzling illustration of an exemplary hand wound tourbillon watch. It includes the commonplace style and looks that we know IWC for: spotless, manly, specialized, exemplary, flying under the radar, straightforward, and rather enormous. With this profoundly restricted release – there are just 25 pieces made – the brand from Schaffhausen is absolutely taking an alternate way and veers off from its regular course. Moreover… the model being referred to has not appeared in any of the brand’s catalogues and stayed a mystery until the principal piece was sold, and some showed up in IWC stores. This attractive threesome beneath, was captured in the IWC store in Amsterdam .
The photograph shows the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound in three of the four existing emphasess: 18K red gold with a shimmering/white dial (IW546302), 18K red gold Squelette restricted version of 25 pieces (IW546201) and 18K white gold with an ardoise dial (IW546301). The fourth variety is the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound ‘Metropolitan Boutique Edition’ that comes in a 18K red gold case, with a striking olive shading dial (ref. IW546304). As should be obvious, the references of the varieties with a dial start with IW5463 and the Squelette begins with IW5462, so it is really an alternate reference number (and an uncommon one).
For comparison’s purpose we’ll show you some more photographs (kindly pardon the horrendous quality, lighting was a long way from ideal) and two wrist shots of both the variant with dial (ref. IWC5463) and the skeletonized form. Skeletonizing a particularly complex development by hand, takes a ton of time, extremely gifted hands, a patient brain, and a solid plan to begin with. All that has a cost, and the Squelette variety costs nearly € 40k more than the ‘normal’ Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound.
All emphasess share a similar 43 mm case that estimates 11 mm in tallness. Notwithstanding its somewhat enormous measurement, the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound doesn’t wears too huge because of short and down-inclining drags. Each of the three models come on excellent hand-sewed crocodile calfskin tie, made by Santoni. Other configuration signs that are divided among both the Squelette and the ref. IW5463 models, are the railway-track-style chapter ring and a silver-plated seconds dial with a “60” in sign red. On the IW5463 models that’s part of the dial, while on the Squelette it’s the lone piece of the dial that is abandoned. The remainder of the ‘dial’ is a piece of sapphire precious stone that serves to hold the metal edges around the tourbillon and the little second sub dial in place.
The development that we see here is the IWC in-house type 98920, which is a particular reference for the Squelette. The non-skeletonized variety is type 98900 (like the 98920, it is important for the type 98000 family), which includes a huge three-quarter plate and an enormous tourbillon connect that are both embellished with circular Côte de Genève. None of that on the skeletonized adaptation (obviously) as it is truly skeletonized as far as possible, and just the absolute minimum of scaffolds that are essential for unbending nature is left behind.
The Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound Squelette comprises a few boundaries. The actual watch doesn’t fly under the radar, it is fairly particular, and highlights a bigger number of ruffles than the normal IWC watch. Then again, you won’t discover it on the IWC site, nor in any of their inventories. So in that viewpoint it absolutely flies under the radar. A fascinating watch that shows the uncovered pith of watchmaking and even incorporates an exquisite tourbillon that makes a lethargic and rich pirouette, each moment. Undoubtedly a fascinating watch for IWC collectors!
As you can see, the exposed pith is the thing that remains, despite the fact that IWC’s watchmakers kept the enormous and unbending tourbillon connect that is halfway skeletonized. The development estimates 37.80 mm in width (very enormous) and is 5.90 mm thick, and it’s huge fountainhead barrel holds energy for approx. 54 hours of independence. The tourbillon turns once each 60 seconds, and the escapement vibrates at a speed of 28,800 vibrations for every hour.
The official retail cost of the IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound Squelette is € 98,200 Euro, and the ‘normal’ Portuguese Tourbillon Hand Wound ref. 5463 comes at a retail cost of € 59,300 Euro (counting charges). The watches are accessible at the IWC store in Amsterdam.