IWC Unveils Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere Squelette Watch

Sep 03, 2008
IWC has created a new majestic skeletonized tourbillon watch to join its legendary Portuguese collection. Crafted in rose gold, white gold, or platinum, the timepiece is available in a limited series of 50 pieces.

The IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere Squelette watch reveals the intricate nature of the open-worked movement enriched by the exclusive art of renowned engine-turning and engraving master Jochen Benzinger.

The case of the new IWC Portuguese watch measures 44.2 mm in diameter and is fitted with sapphire crystals on both front and back. The nicely contrasting brushed and polished finishes of the finely processed 18K gold or platinum accentuate the intricacy of the movement bridges.

The glance is immediately fascinated by the flying tourbillon found at 12 o'clock. The unique horological complication comprises 81 individual parts, weighing just 0.443 gram. The tourbillon is mounted from underneath, completing one revolution per minute. It bears a screw-adjusted balance wheel with a blued Breguet balance spring.

Below the tourbillon you will notice the subsidiary seconds display, while the power reserve indicator is found at 4 o'clock, keeping the watch's owner aware of the status of the 7-day mainspring reserve. The balance frequency is 19,800 alternations per hour.

The heart of the timepiece is Calibre 50910, an exceptional IWC in-house automatic movement. The mechanism incorporates the innovative Pellaton winding system. Offering the considerable power reserve and unveiling the superb tourbillon, Calibre 50910 is a true masterpiece of Swiss Watchmaking.

The IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere Squelette watch is 30-meter water-resistant. It is coupled with an elegant crocodile leather strap fitted with an IWC 18K gold or platinum folding clasp.

The initial version of the IWC Portuguese watch appeared in 1938, having highlighted the 20th century history of the brand. The timepiece was created by the request of two Portuguese businessmen who needed a wristwatch of uncommonly large proportions and utmost timekeeping precision. The distinctive yet elegant Portuguese watch has gradually grown into a whole family of timepieces, one of the most highly acclaimed IWC collections.


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