Play the customisation game with IWC Schaffhausen’s new Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon
Elaborate complications are par for the course when it comes to any haute horlogerie label worth its salt, yet it's still not every day that you can personalise a luxury timepiece from virtually every angle. But IWC Schaffhausen is now making this notion a thing with the launch of the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon where you can expect the whole kit and caboodle.
From different case materials and dial colours to strap colours, there are no less than 11 selections to mix and match across the board. Options include black, dark brown and blue alligator straps made from luxe Santoni leather, exquisite dials in ardoise, silver, blue or black plated finishes and watchcases in either red gold or platinum. And just when you thought you'd just be happily deliberating the merits of a platinum case offset by black straps versus a red gold contrasting with a blue dial, the maison takes customising a step further with a personal engraving on the caseback as the finishing touch.
Worthy of the phrase 'beautiful inside and out', this new addition to the celebrated Portugieser family has an interior that'll make even veteran horophiles swoon. There's a double moon phase complication that displays northern and southern hemispheres — powered by an in-house manufactured calibre — on top of its integrated tourbillon complication that's precisely attuned to keeping perfect time via its constant-force mechanism. This bit of innovation took a decade for IWC's team of expert engineers, watchmakers and designers to hammer out in order to ensure a level of superlative accuracy; the escapement delivers a steady supply of power at a frequency of 2.5 Hertz, thereby enabling the system to wind the balance spring every second. Now this is what you call style and substance, elevated to the plane we'd like to call 'amazeballs'.
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