The brand celebrates its 150th anniversary with elegant models featuring jumping hours and minutes and a simple design inspired by the pocket watches of yesteryear.

To celebrate its 150th anniversary, IWC has launched a collection focusing all the skills and spirit of the manufacture. The three Tribute to Pallweber models stand out with their unusual style and mechanism, when compared with the brand’s other timepieces. What do they have in common? A large digital display using jumping hour and minute mechanisms. Taking inspiration from 19th century Pallweber pocket watches, the time elements are shown in counters placed on delicate dials coloured white or blue, depending on the version, with a lacquered finish. The running seconds at 6 o’clock with a stop mechanism for accurate time-setting round off the very simple display.

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The hand-wound movement is housed in an elegant 45mm-wide case. For optimum results, the minute disc has its own source of energy. The calibre 94200 provides 60 hours of power reserve. As in vintage pocket watches, the hour and minute discs are linked by a coupling mechanism, so that you can set the time by turning the crown forwards or backwards. An anniversary gold medal is also placed on the mechanism, which can be seen through the sapphire caseback.

Three versions are available. The first is made of steel with a blue dial and limited to 500 pieces. The versions in red gold and platinum are made in 250 and 25 pieces, respectively. All are worn with an elegant black Santoni strap.

Price: 12,800 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

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