Revealed exclusively to watch-next, IWC later this month unveils a revamp of its famed Portugieser range with a raft of new references including a first for the brand, an annual calendar. This year marks the 75th birthday of the Portugieser, and the new collection comes with a host of technological and design modifications as well as new features.
The Portugieser was at the very forefront of the move to larger wrist watches, its size owing to the fact it was originally fitted with a pocket watch movement. Now IWC is developing more of its own in-house movements and plans to launch three new caliber families in the years ahead.
The 52000-calibre is found in four models in the new Portugieser collection, spearheaded by the newly designed annual calendar shown here.
The month, date and day are shown in three separate semicircular windows at 12 o’clock. The date switching mechanism is able to take the differing lengths of the individual months into account, and the newly developed calibre has twin barrels to supply the additional torque required to advance the three display discs.
We’ll have further details from the SIHH watch fair in Geneva, but in the meantime we’ll leave the last word to IWC chief executive Georges Kern: “The Portugieser is not only one of our oldest and best-known watches but probably also the most prestigious of our brand. None of our other watch families incorporates so many of the technical tours de force of haute horlogerie.”