IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde Watch perfectly combines the magic of a floating tourbillon with the logic of a date hand that automatically reverts to its starting position at the end of the month. With this exquisite Portuguese, you will surely attract inquisitive glances wherever you go.
The watch is powered by the IWC-manufactured Caliber 51900 mechanical movement with Pellaton automatic winding system. The 44 jewels movement provides amazing 168 hours of power reserve when fully charged.
The Dial that Instantly Draws Attention
The extra-large dial of the Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde Watch features a graduated scale for the additional fly-back date indicator which occupies over one quarter of the dial’s surface. The fly-back date indicator jumps back automatically to “1” at the end of any month with 31 days. In the months that are shorter (February, April, June, September, November) the wearer should adjust the date indicator by activating the rapid adjustment function. In case the watch has not been worn for some time, the date indicator also must be advanced by the rapid adjustment function in order to fly back to the first day of the month. It is worth noting that the time does not need to be adjusted in conjunction with this. A retrograde date display is situated between 6 and 9 o’clock positions.
A true feast for the eyes and feature that will fascinated all watch aficionados is definitely a flying minute tourbillon set at the 12 o’clock position. The flying tourbillon boasts a steel cage with three characteristic star-shaped stays which are in charge of this function.
It is set against a deep black background which creates the illusion that the filigree cage containing the balance is rotating in mid-air. This remarkable mechanism consists of 82 individual parts and its weight constitutes 0.433 grams. On the right half of the dial, the seven-day power reserve display indicates how much energy the spring barrel is holding. The distinctive dial also comprises a railway track-style chapter ring and Arabic numerals as hour markers. The nice touch comes with the originally leaf-styled hour and minute hands.
Perfect legibility is achieved by the inclusion of a convex sapphire crystal treated with an antireflective coating on both sides. The front sapphire glass also protects the dial window from scratches. The case-back has a see-through sapphire glass which allows you to look at the devoted movement at work. The case is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (100 feet).
A Mysteriously Attractive Timepiece with Undeniable Quality
IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde is housed in a round case that measures 44.2 millimeters in diameter and 15.5 millimeters in thickness. The case incorporates a thin fixed bezel either in platinum or in 18-karat red gold (depending on a model).
The Swiss manufacturer of luxury timepieces launched two versions of Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde. The platinum model with the referent number IW504401 boasts a ruthenium-black dial with rhodium-plated hands and indices. This exceptional version is secured to the wearer’s wrist with a black alligator leather strap, terminating in a platinum folding clasp.
The glamorous model IW504402 in 18-karat red gold has a silver-plated dial with solid gold appliqués and it is attached to a dark brown alligator leather strap with a red gold folding clasp. Both models are produced in a limited quantity. The first one comes in the limited series of 250 pieces and it can be purchased for $136,000, whereas the red gold version is limited to 500 pieces worldwide and each of them can be bought for the retail price of $114,000.