The upcoming year of 2018 will mark the 150th anniversary celebrations for the IWC Schaffhausen brand of Swiss made luxury watches. They will be releasing many timepieces, but today we focus on this pocket watch that inspired “IWC Tribute To Pallweber Editon ‘150 Years’” timepiece.
A brand that was historically founded in 1868 by the Boston native Florentine Ariosto Jones, has clearly accumulated a vast catalogue of releases during over a century of manufacturing horology pieces. And at such a significantly round anniversary as 150 years, a century and a half of clocking in time is; it deserves a proper celebration. And expect no less of IWC as they usher out a series of new limited-edition watches, announced up this day, although more are definitely in the making.
This particular piece is based on the original Pallweber pocket watch, which was the first IWC watch to feature a digital display. But, were not referring to digital as in the sense of current smartwatch trends. This is a reference to what is regarded as the first digital pocket watch movement based on “jumping movements” which were conceived in the 19th century. At the time it debuted inside the “Savonnette pocket watch Pallweber of 1886”, of which this new “IWC Tribute To Pallweber Ediiton ‘150 Years’” is a very close recreation of, although now as a wristwatch.
The 45mm case is made of 18k rose gold with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. The gold rim of the case back has various engravings circling around with its water-resistant indications, the unique number of each limited edition; and others that read: “PALLWEBER” and “EDITION 150 YEARS”.
Comes equipped with a small onion-style setting-crown and wire-style lugs, similar to those found on many “Officine Panerai Radiomir” models, but a bit thicker on this IWC. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Time is exhibited on a white lacquer finished dial with a black printed circle in the middle, which is interrupted by a: small hour display aperture at the 12 o’clock position. And then interrupted again by a sub-seconds dial with a rail-road motif minute index grid, which has a small blue steeled hand circling around, as well as the “IWC Schaffhausen” printed in its midst. Between the aforementioned aperture and the sub-seconds dial at the very center of the watch is another aperture with two windows that mark the current minutes.
Both existing apertures are also clearly labeled with the words “HOURS” and “MINUTES” printed in black on the otherwise immaculate white enamel colored dial. “SWISS MADE” can also be read at the very bottom of the dial aligned with where the 6 o’clock position would be on a standard configuration.
IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition 150 Years
The “IWC Tribute To Pallweber Edition 150 Years” (Ref#: IW505002) is powered by the hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 94200 with 50 jewels and 28,800 vph. Equipped with a jumping hours and minutes setting mechanism. You can also see an 18k yellow gold IWC Anniversary medallion on the back of the movement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a Santoni black alligator leather strap with large scales and exposed stitching, while secured to the wrist by a 18k rose gold buckle. This watch is a limited edition of only 250 manufactured pieces. For more information please visit the official IWC website here.
MSRP: $36,600.00 USD
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