In 2010, IWC launched the Portuguese Hand-Wound Watch, but for some reason this model was not available on sale for months (at least). Recently, Schaffhausen-based manufacturer returned this classical looking, yet amazing timepiece. It boasts a pocket watch movement and arched-edge front glass, just like the watch that was the basis of the family.
This Portuguese model has the characteristic seconds display sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position with a “60″ printed in striking red, as well as a chapter ring in the traditional railway track-style, feuille hands and Arabic numerals which are either rhodium-plated or gold-plated. Maybe someone might be complaining about the lack of lume on the hands and hour markers, but this is a dressy timepiece so the luminescent substance is not necessary.
The Hand-Wound Portuguese is tooled with the Caliber 98295 mechanical movement which provides 46 hours of power reserve when fully wound. It is a part of the 98000 caliber family, which was manufactured from the mid-1930s for the hunter pocket watch. Over the last 80 years, it has been constantly improved.
Caliber 98295 boasts a large screw balance with high-precision adjustment cam on the balance arms, Breguet spring and nickel-plated nickel-silver three-quarter bridge and bridges embellished with circular graining and Geneva stripes. Besides the Portuguese Hand-Wound watch, it is also incorporated in the Vintage Portuguese Hand-Wound model.
The hand-wound mechanism is built on 18 jewels and oscillates at the frequency of 18,000 beats per hour. The watch has a see through sapphire glass case back which reveals the stylish features of the mechanism adopted from the first F. A. Jones movements.
Its case is protected with a sapphire glass with antireflective coating on both sides and it is constructed to resist water pressure of up to 30 meters (100 feet). The round case is crafted either from stainless steel or 18-karat red gold. It measures 44mm in diameter and only 10mm in thickness, so it feels great on the wrist.
IWC offered three Portuguese Hand-Wound models. The most exclusive model with the referent number IW545406 is housed in a red gold case and it has an ardoise dial. Two models are housed in steel cases and there is a choice between a black dial (the referent number is IW545407) and a silver-plated one (the referent number is IW545408). Whichever model you choose, it will be accessorized with an elegant, black alligator leather strap, fitted with either red gold or steel pin buckle.