Once again, IWC Schaffhausen will be sponsoring the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival (BFI) which is going to be held this month. To commemorate this partnership, the Swiss manufacturer has created two Special Editions: a Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days in stainless steel and a unique Portugieser Annual Calendar in platinum.
Both models will be auctioned at the BFI’s unique fundraising gala LUMINOUS of which IWC is the headline sponsor. All proceeds from the auction, to be held at Guildhall on October 6, will go towards the BFI National Archive – one of the ‘greatest and most significant heritage collections in the world and the UK’s National Collection of film and TV.
IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’
IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’ (ref. IW510207) is a limited edition timepiece produced in the quantity of only 59 examplers, which is a tribute to the 59th London Film Festival. This newcomer is powered by the simple in-house manufactured caliber 59215. The hand-wound mechanical movement promises up to 8 days of power reserve when fully wound.
This Portugieser is housed in a round stainless steel case which measures 43mm in diameter and 12mm in thickness. The watch features an arched edge sapphire crystal glass which is shielded with antireflective coating. The silver-plated dial comprises Arabic numerals as hour markers, the hour and minute hands, a small seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position and a black-on-white date window which is located at the 3 o’clock position.
From the rear, the view through the sapphire-glass back shows the inner beauty of the mechanism. The reverse side of the watch also features a power reserve display. The water resistance of the watch is assured down to 30 meters (about 100 feet).
Each Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days model will be individually numbered on the case-back, alongside the inscription ‘BFI Film Forever 2015’.
IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Unique Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’
This novelty boasts IWC’s newly developed complication. IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Unique Edition ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’ is powered by the IWC-manufactured caliber 52850 mechanical movement with Pellaton winding system. The impeccable mechanism features an impressive 7-day power reserve, as well as an Annual Calendar with displays for month, date and day.
It is a unique piece that is presented in a platinum case which measures 43mm in diameter and 15.3mm in thickness. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a silver-plated dial with a sunburst pattern which comprises a power reserve display at the 3 o’clock position, a small seconds counter at the 9 o’clock position and month/date/day displays which are located at the top of the dial. The hands and the indexes are blued, so the final result is a cold but appealing look of the dial which pops in the flesh with its natural light.
The back view reveals the secrets of IWC’s beautiful watchmaking tradition through the transparent case back, together with the mentions BFI 2015 and UNIQUE PIECE engraved.
IWC has a great cooperation with film festivals worldwide. Besides BFI London Film Festival, the company has established relationships with the Tribeca Film Festival, the Dubai International Film Festival and the Beijing International Film Festival.