The legendary Portugieser line which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, welcomes one of the most sophisticated, emotive and exclusive complications of haute horlogerie: the minute repeater. A classy reminder of bygone era, when people listened to the chiming sounds of tower clocks to calculate the time, the minute repeater wristwatch is a most sought after collectors timepiece appreciated by connoisseurs.
Featuring one of the most sophisticated of watchmaking complications, the Portugieser Minute Repeater continues to fascinate lovers of precision watch mechanics. The production n is limited to 500 pieces in platinum or 18-carat red gold versions.
The Portugieser Minute Repeater (Ref. 5449) has held watch lovers under its spell since 1995. And in the anniversary year of 2015, it holds its rightful place in the collection, and is limited to 500 watches in platinum and further 500 in 18-carat red gold.
The see-through sapphire-glass back provides an open view of the stylistic elements of the early F. A. Jones calibres, such as the elongated index, which facilitates the fine adjustment of the effective length of the balance spring. The nickel-silver plate and three quarter bridge are decorated with circular graining and Geneva stripes, respectively.
IWC’s design engineers were now able to turn their attention to the register and the difference in pitch between the two gongs. Two notes create an interval and hence a musical motif. The gongs are tuned using a file and grinding stone: their length and the difference in length between them are decisive. So, how would the future cycle of hours, quarters and minutes sound? Something like the opening bars of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its muted fifths? Or perhaps more like the opening to Wagner’s Tannhäuser with its rising fourths? After attending two concerts, the watchmaker entrusted with the job made his choice, and Tannhäuser emerged victorious and determined the interval.
Model: Portugieser Minute Repeater
Ref. IW544906 (Platinum) & Ref. IW544907 (Red Gold)
Limited edition of 500 watches each in platinum and 18-carat red gold
IWC-manufactured calibre 98950 Mechanical movement
Glucydur® beryllium alloy balance with high-precision adjustment cam on the balance arms – Breguet spring
Frequency: 18,000 A/h / 2.5 Hz
Power reserve: 46 h
Minute repeater for hours, quarters and minutes
Small hacking seconds
Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW544906: case in platinum, silver-plated dial, black alligator leather strap, folding clasp in platinum
Ref. IW544907: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, brown alligator leather strap, folding clasp in 18-carat red gold
Glass: sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 44 mm
Case height: 14 mm
See through sapphire glass back
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