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Fashion IWC Portofino mid-size watch grandly unveiled in London

Yesterday was a huge day for Swiss watch brand IWC in London.
In the morning, IWC watches found the Portofino Midsize watches alongside Peter Lindbergh’s”Classic Portofino”, a black-and-white photographs exhibition.
London celebrity Emily Blunt, who recently starred in Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, has risen to fame due to roles in films like the Devil Wears Prada, Young Victoria and Wild Target. Her role in Gideon’s Daughter with Bill Nighy won her a Golden Globe, and she’s just finished shooting Sicario alongside Benicio del Toro, a film about bringing down a Mexican narcotics ring.
Christoph Waltz, producer and actor, is possibly best known for his award-winning roles in Quentin Tarantino movies: the Nazi officer Landa in Inglorious Basterds and Dr King Schultz at Django Unchained. His most recent endeavor is Tulip Fever, based on the Tom Stoppard play, where he stars alongside Cara Delevingne.

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Emily Blunt talked of how she arrived to pick her fairly diamond-set rose gold IWC Portofino Midsize watch on a hand-polished lilac Santoni strap. “I chose it to go with my duck egg blue suede dress, naturally,” she joked. But not completely untrue as Emily confesses to being guided by great looks when it comes to style.
Christoph Waltz was sporting the IWC Portofino Eight Day Power Reserve, a handsome manual-winding watch. He had been proud of the sapphire crystal back and took his watch off to show the viewer the inner workings of the watch. “Watchmaking is authentic precision and an art,” said Waltz, who is clearly a devout horophile.

The two Waltz and Blunt spoke of the ease with which photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh functions. Over three days, 21,000 shots were taken and two miniature movies made. “It was a somewhat enchanting setting,” said Blunt of functioning with Lindbergh. “And the difference of working with Peter Lindbergh over other photographers is that you don’t feel as if you are being micro-managed and told how to hold your hands, or when a bit of hair is out of place.” Held in Battersea Park, after again Emily Blunt and Christoph Waltz were the celebrity guests.

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British comedian Rob Brydon, who sang and joked through the supper, drawing fellow actors Stephen Fry, John Hurt and Julie Walters, directed the amusement. “It is absolute paradise,” said Walters on receiving her opinion, remarking, with her characteristic humour, how delighted she was given a watch since the only application for a BAFTA award is propping a door open. Rob Brydon needed to be more resourceful in procuring himself an IWC watch. Singing to the song of Beauty and the Beast, he persuaded IWC Chairman Georges Kern to a part of his view.
Amanda Nevill, CEO of the British Film Institute, thanked IWC for supporting its function, both in preserving its archives in addition to nurturing the future of British film talent. Nevill explained:”What a fantastic relationship it is with IWC. The record is looking after treasures for future generations and IWC creates treasures; they understand about attractiveness and Georges Kern is completely bonkers about movie. It’s so wonderful to have a partner who has picture in his DNA to encourage the BFI.”

The Best Watches Of SIHH 2019 sale

Much like fashion, watches not sleep. (Well, some do when their electricity reserve runs out). The watch business is constantly moving ahead, creating with technological innovations and intriguing new designs. Although, it must be said, it moves at a far slower rate. Whereas trends dominate fashion and alter every season, they could take years to evolve into the world of Swiss watches, making sense as one timepiece can take years to conceive.
And just as the world’s fashion weeks dictate that tendencies we’ll be wearing following, there are two events which take place annually that inform those with a passion for wristwear. Both take place at the spiritual home of watchmaking, Switzerland; and both see brands try and one-up every other by unveiling the boldest, baddest and most expensive methods for telling the time.

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Wish to understand what top CEOs, rappers, and people who re-mortgage their home for a little metal will be strapping for their wrists in 2019? You’re in the right location. These are the very best releases of SIHH 2019.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin With Pink Gold Dial
There was lots to discuss in the Audemars Piguet stand this year. The controversially designed new Code 11.59 collection garnered the most attention, and a raft of new takes on the Royal Oak popped up, but it had been this simple’time only’ inclusion that swung us most.
It may be described as subtle in SIHH phrases, and can be as understated as a £50,000+ watch can be. It’s basically a’regular’ 39mm Extra Thin Royal Oak, yet made from white gold rather than steel and comes with a striking pink gold colored dial that screams’seventies playboy’. Wear with a cream linen suit in your own peril.
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire
Military watches haven’t been trendy. It’s something about the functionality perhaps — understanding they were built for a purpose — and the easy, easy-to-read layouts. IWC created them for the two World Wars and has ever been known especially for its own pilot watches. Enter the Spitfire set — a brand new line that accepts inspirations in the brand’s militaristic heritage.
There is barely a brand which hasn’t switched to its writings for inspiration, and why not? Classic, simple design will never date. This Spitfire is your entrance point into the scope and it is about as basic a timepiece as you’ll see from IWC. The brushed steel case (no polishing everywhere ), broad luminous hands for legibility in the dark, easy to read numerals and canvas strap are all hallmarks of classic pilot watches. The red Spitfire logo? A bonus addition to what could be the only watch you’ll ever need.
Cartier Santos de Cartier Chronograph

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There’s no other brand which produces sports watches that retain these elegance as Cartier. The Santos collection was relaunched last year to widespread acclaim, and this is the most recent expansion to the scope.
Although it looks like a normal chronograph watch, the start/stop button is actually on the left hand as opposed to the more usual right, and the reset button is located within the crown itself, making a slightly more minimal and therefore dressier silhouette than is generally the case with sports watches. Add to this a black/steel mix black rubber band and you’ve got a watch that’ll take you from the boardroom into the fitness center with simple fashion.

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PILOT’S WATCH MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS MOTORSPORT EDITION

ON THE TOP STEP OF THE PODIUM

The German team is yet again crowned as Formula One World Constructors’ Championship (WCC) winner. To celebrate the event, the Schaffhausen-based brand unveils two limited editions.

iwc aviateur mercedes amg petronas motorsport closeupThe 44.5 mm-diameter chronograph case embraces the self-winding 89361 movement (68 hours of autonomy). It drives the chronograph’s short-cycle time measurements. Equipped with a flyback function, it allows you to start timing a session instantly. This device also includes a stop hour and minute feature displayed on a sub-dial at 12 o’clock. To tackle the effects of magnetic fields, a soft-iron inner case protects the caliber optimally.

Price: EUR16,600 (chronograph)

By Dan Diaconu

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PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH “BLUE ANGELS®” EDITION

LOOPS AND BLUE SKY

The Schaffhausen watchmaker has teamed up with the US Navy’s aerobatic patrol, the “Blue Angels®,” to design a new chronograph with a return-in-flight function inspired by military observation watches

Between the watch brand IWC and primarily military aviation, is a long, beautiful story which today translates into obtaining a new license but above all into the creation of a new timepiece, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph “Blue Angels®” Edition named after the North American Navy’s acrobatic patrol founded after the Second World War in 1946.

iwc montre aviateur chronograph blue angels closeupThe black ceramic case of the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph “Blue Angels®” Edition has a diameter of 44.5mm and thickness of 15.7mm and houses the caliber 89361, a self-winding mechanical movement that vibrates at the standard frequency of 4hz and provides 68 hours of power reserve.

This IWC is completed by a blue calfskin leather strap matching the dial.

Price: 11,900 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin

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PILOT’S WATCH CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN EDITION “MOJAVE DESERT”

SPIRIT OF THE DESERT 

The new Top Gun collection by IWC, a series of military watches unveiled at the SIHH, includes a ceramic timepiece developed in an original camouflage colour.

After enjoying success in 2012 with the Miramar version, named after the Californian army base that is the home of the US Marines Corps, the Top Gun collection by IWC is back this year with some new, technically advanced pieces. Among the new models, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert” stands out with production limited to 500 watches.

iwc top gun mojave closeupTop Gun came to fame with the 1986 film that launched the career of Tom Cruise, but it is in fact the name of a course taught to elite pilots in the US Air Force, the United States Navy Strike Programme. The Mojave Desert in California is the home, among others, of China Lake, the Naval Air Weapons Station, a military complex created in 1943. The mainly arid landscape and the sand hills in the desert, as well as uniforms worn by some US soldiers, inspired IWC to design a 44.5mm-wide watch case in beige ceramic – a colour that has never been used in watchmaking before.

Matching this light and resistant shell, the dial nonetheless features a deeper colour with taupe brown tones. The time elements (indices, Arabic numerals, day, date and hands) are all coated in beige lume. The hours and minutes are placed in the centre, while the seconds are in a counter at 6 o’clock. For the chronograph elements, two sub-dials clock up the minutes (at 12 o’clock) and the hours (at 9 o’clock). Lastly, a double counter at 3 o’clock shows the day and date.

These features are driven by the calibre 69380, generating a power reserve of 46 hours.

Price: 8,900 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin

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DOUBLE CHRONOGRAPH TOP GUN CERATANIUM

CUT OUT FOR THE EXTREME

After the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar, now it is the turn of a pilot’s watch to get all the technical advantages of the high-tech combination developed by the brand.

Like at the school made famous in the Hollywood film, Top Gun, where America’s top fighter pilots were trained, IWC has been forming an elite unit of the brand’s pilot’s watches since 2007. At the next SIHH, to be held from 14 to 17 January in Geneva, a new watch will be joining the squadron: the Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium. Like the collection’s previous models, the watch stands out for its robustness, with the help of a 44-mm-wide case made of Cerantanium. This is a titanium and ceramic alloy, combining lightness and solidity. And for even more resilience, an internal case of soft iron is on hand to protect the automatic calibre from magnetic fields.

iwc pilot double chronograph top gun ceratanium casebackAlong with the wide hour and minute hands making their way around a minute track featuring hour markers and Arabic numerals, the watch is unusual in having a rattrapante (or split-second) mechanism. The monopusher at 10 o’clock makes it easy to use and display the split-time measurements.

Price on request

By Dan Diaconu

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PORTUGIESER YACHT CLUB CHRONOGRAPH

SUMMER STYLE

An elegant chronograph, the Yacht Club version of the steel Portugieser made by the brand from Schaffhausen gives pride of place to the comfort of rubber and textile, embracing summer with style.

The Portugieser watch was launched in 1939 at the request of two Portuguese businessmen, and is now a classic in the IWC catalogue. While the new versions are adapted to the times, their basic features have keep the same aesthetic style and are easy to identify: a slender bezel providing a lot of space for the dial, two monopushers to start, stop and reset the chronograph function and in a piston shape to underline the elegant overall effect, plus crown protection to avoid involuntary changes.

iwc portugieser yacht club chrono with casebackHoused in a 43.5mm-wide steel case, the self-winding calibre 89361 drives the Portugieser Yacht Club Chonograph and provides a power reserve of 68 hours.

The watch can be worn with a textile rubber strap recalling the colour of the dial or one specially developed for summer made of blue or grey fabric.

Price: 21,500 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin

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PORTUGIESER CHRONOGRAPH CLASSIC BUCHERER BLUE EDITIONS

EXCLUSIVITY IN BLUE

A newcomer to the exclusive Blue Editions collection by Bucherer, the Portugieser Chronograph Classic features an ocean-colour dial highlighting the warmth of the pink gold case.

The family firm Bucherer, founded in 1888, is now 130 years old, and a major specialist in watchmaking and jewellery. It is currently owned by the third generation, and although the headquarters are in Lucerne, Switzerland, its prestige is worldwide. For this essential retailer in the watchmaking world, exclusivity is much more than just a word. The proof is the Blue Editions collection, with 18 exclusive blue watches designed by 11 of the major players in the industry, from Jaeger-LeCoultre to Chopard via Audemars Piguet, to name just a few. IWC is on the list of this “happy few” and has designed a limited edition of 88 pieces: the Portugieser Chronograph Classic Bucherer Blue Editions.

iwc portugieser chrono classic bucherer blue editions closeupPrice: 21,500 CHF or 21,900 EUR

By Sharmila Bertin

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IWC – PORTUGIESER TOURBILLON MIDDLE EAST SPECIAL EDITION

CONQUERING THE EAST!

At the last Dubai Watch Week IWC introduced a specially designed timepiece for Middle Eastern collectors, with the tourbillon in the spotlight.

The Portugieser collection by IWC, created in the 1930s, was a response to a specific request from two Portuguese merchants, and used movements from hunter-case watches with the calibre 74 and 98. For collectors in the Middle East, the watchmakers from Schaffhouse unveiled the Portugieser Tourbillon Middle East Special Edition at the last Dubai Watch Week, in partnership with the Seddiqi family, fervent supporters of the brand.

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This limited edition features a visually very attractive dial in a deep emerald green colour and a one-minute flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock. The Portugieser Tourbillon Middle East Special Edition has a 43mm-wide case, together with a black alligator leather strap. At its heart is nestling the in-house calibre 98900, which is hand-wound and has a power reserve of almost 54 hours. IWC has designed a watch that is both elegant and impressive.

The pink gold on the hour and minute hands, and the power reserve, echo the gold on the Roman numeral indices set around the railroad on the dial. The dual tones, with pink gold on the dial elements and steel for the case, reflect the harmonious blend of materials used by IWC in this collectors’ edition. Lastly, the Portugieser Tourbillon Middle East Special Edition comes with the brand’s signature element: a variable inertia balance, which can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback. As a proof of unique skills, this ultra-limited edition will be available to just 25 collectors, and only in shops in the Middle East region.

Price on request

By Isabelle Guignet