Monthly Archives: October 2016

IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Replica Watch

IWC chose the 75th anniversary of the Portugieser line in 2015 to introduce a model that takes its style cues directly from the original.It is without question that IWC is one of the most prestigious Replica Watches companies in the world. The brand’s identity is a balance between the heritage and style of traditional watchmaking and the technological innovations continually changing the industry. The IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound 8 Days draws upon history and technology in equal measure.

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Throwback Thursday

The legacy of the IWC Replica Watches Portugieser model 325 runs through the “DNA” of the International Watch Co. That watch’s oversized case, housing an undisguised pocketwatch movement, served as the template for a number of models. Sitting atop the movement was a simple, elegant dial designed for easy legibility.75 years later the 5102 models revisit the notion of simple elegance, with 43-mm cases and dials boiled down to the absolute essentials for quick reading: Arabic numerals at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock and clear railroad graduations around the dial. Seconds sit at 6 o’clock as they did on the IWC Fake Watches original. Now a date window counts out the month in an aperture at the very bottom of the dial.

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Eight Days a Week

Manually wound movements are a bit of a paradox. They are absolutely not modern. In fact they sit in opposition to modernity; there isn’t anything necessarily convenient about them, and the ‘tricks’ that Fake Watches make them work have been used for the past 100 or so years, without much variation. The paradox is that while they don’t fit the bill as cutting-edge in the modern era, they fit any true watch collector’s lifestyle perfectly. More so than any other type of modern-day movement, they force the owner into a relationship with the IWC Replica Watches because of the need for regular winding.The manufacture caliber 59215 movement needs to be wound, but it is by no means a needy movement. The 192-hour power reserve means that you can easily keep the 5102 in rotation with several other watches without concern for setting because the reserve has run flat. Speaking of reserve, the sapphire display on the rear of the Cheap IWC Portugieser Replica Watches has an eight-day readout to keep track of winding duties. And, speaking of setting, unlike the pocketwatch movements of yore, the 59215 will hack to allow for precise setting.

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Unlimited Tradition, but Limited Editions

The Fake Watches Portugieser line celebrated its jubilee anniversary in 2015. While the line has now endured for 76 years, this celebration will not. The Hand Wound 8-days Portuguese models are quite limited in number: the stainless steel model is limited to 750 pieces worldwide and the rose gold version is restricted to 175 pieces. When they are gone, you will have to wait until the year 2040 for the line’s centennial editions. But don’t think of it as nearly a quarter of a century away; think of it as 1,142 winding cycles.

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Limited-Edition IWC Portugieser Replica Annual Calendar

IWC marks its fourth year as “Official Festival Time Partner” of the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. As in all three previous years of the partnership, the Schaffhausen-based watch brand is releasing a limited-edition watch as a tribute to the Tribeca Film Institute.

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The IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Edition “Tribeca Film Festival,” like its blue-dialed, unlimited-series predecessor, displays the month, date, and day, in that order, in three semi-circular windows at 12 o’clock. This “American-style” date indication, which uses three individual disks, is an homage to Replica Watches American-born founder, Florentine Ariosto Jones. The watch’s seven-day (168-hour) power reserve, which is stored in twin barrels, is displayed on a subdial at 3 o’clock. The small seconds subdial is positioned at 9 o’clock. As in all annual calendar IWC Replica Watches, the date will need correction once a year, at the end of February; fortunately, all corrections can be carried out easily and conveniently, via the single winding crown.

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This version of the IWC Fake Watches, which is limited to just 50 pieces and sold exclusively in IWC boutiques in the United States, has a striking, slate-colored dial, a hue chosen to represent the streets of New York, host city of the festival and home of its founder, Oscar winning actor Robert De Niro, while the Bordeaux-colored small seconds and power-reserve subdials evoke the red carpets of the film industry’s glamorous awards shows and premieres.The watch’s sapphire caseback allows an unimpeded view of the automatic movement, which displays some of the modifications that Cheap IWC Portugieser Replica has made to its 5200 family of calibers, including slimmer rotors and more open bridges inset with a solid gold “Probus Scafusia” medallion. IWC’s Pellaton winding system has also been improved, with practically wear-free components made of black and white ceramic. The rotor on this watch has been specialized, bearing the logo of the Tribeca Film Festival, and the caseback includes a milled number “xx/50” to indicate the watch’s extreme rarity.“It makes sense for IWC Fake Watches to partner with an American film festival since we were founded by an American,” IWC Chief Marketing Officer (and host of the gala event) Franziska Gsell told WatchTime. “And the reason we partner with many film festivals around the globe is because we see a parallel between the dedication and passion that goes into manufacturing watches and into producing movies. Our brand is about storytelling. Like a film, we see each IWC Replica Watches as telling a story.”

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Longtime fans of the IWC brand will appreciate that the watch’s design very closely resembles the original IWC Portugieser model from 1939. Its case is 44.2 mm in diameter, with a grooved bezel. The dial is surrounded by a railroad-track chapter ring, and has the same thin feuille hands and Arabic numerals as did its historical predecessor.

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One For The Road: The IWC Replica in an AMG Roadster

A sunny summer day, a speedy convertible and a cool IWC watch.

The car is the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster. The Replica Watches is also an AMG, of sorts: the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic, introduced in 2013 in honor of IWC’s sponsorship of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team. It seems fitting that we test the AMG IWC Replica Watches while test driving an AMG car, so here we are at AMG headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany, ready to take car and watch for a spin.First, we’re briefed about the locations of nearby speed traps.

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Then, we’re asked to return the $200,000-plus car unscathed. No problem, we promise.We spend the morning shooting photos of the watch in and around the parked roadster, so we have time to scrutinize all the IWC Fake Watches details.The metallic brown of the dial contrasts beautifully with the matte black ceramic case and the shiny black ceramic bezel, which look every bit as high-tech as the five eye-catching screws with special heads on the front of the Cheap IWC Replica. The warm color of the dial, the beige-orange luminous material on the indices and hands and the leather-inlay strap add a very special touch to this otherwise technical-looking watch – like a brown leather sofa in front of an exposed-concrete wall.

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What better place to test an AMG watch than in an AMG car?

The SLS’s interior was designed in the same mode: the air vents and gear-selector lever are milled from aluminum and are inspired by jet engines and throttle controls. The rest of the interior boasts plenty of plush upholstery.The IWC Replica Watches indices are shaped like miniature racecars, with high tail-end spoilers on their outer ends.Now it’s time for our test drive. The convertible top disappears behind the seats and a roaring eight-cylinder fanfare trumpets from the tailpipes when we press the start button. Wow! We forget all about the Ingenieur’s quiet ticking when we hear that.

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The buckle is made of titanium; the strap of rubber and nicely grained leather.

Even the 1,000-watt surround-sound system from Bang & Olufsen becomes a trifling matter, but we switch it on anyway.The SLS AMG is easy to drive: we simply shift the selector lever to “D” and enjoy a smooth and rather comfortably suspended ride both on straight stretches and around curves. The Ingenieur is equally user-friendly: the IWC Fake Watches crown is easy to grasp, unscrew and pull out, despite the crown protectors. A stop-seconds hand and a rapid-reset mechanism for the date simplify exact setting.

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Even though the watch is very big – 46 mm – it’s comfortable to wear.

At long last, we reach the autobahn, leaving speed limits behind. We press the pedal to the metal and the Cheap IWC Replica engine emits a sound like a jet taking off. The photographer, sitting in the passenger’s seat, clings anxiously to his camera. From zero to 60 in 3.7 seconds makes you feel as if you’ve just kicked a giant. The speedometer soon reaches 100 mph. Even at this speed, the wind blowing through our hair is more or less endurable. The photographer is no doubt relieved to discover there is too much traffic on the autobahn for us to safely accelerate to the car’s incredible top speed of 200 mph.