All About IWC Jubilee Collection Watches
IWC Schaffhausen has reigned worldwide as a leading watchmaker for over 150 years now. All their timepieces have carried forward their legacy of exquisite craftsmanship and eye for detail. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the company in 2018, IWC released the Jubilee collection. This collection was a celebration of Jubilee's glorious past by recreating some of the most iconic pieces. The watches came in a limited edition, with astounding precision and aesthetics.
IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2018. To mark this achievement, the company has launched limited edition watches under the collection name IWC Jubilee. These models were unveiled at the SIHH 2018 as a celebration of the company's past success and future prospects.
The limited-edition Jubilee collection is a curated selection of 27 new limited-edition timepieces. Of these 27, 24 are from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watch, and Da Vinci families. The collection is by no means monotonous or restricted. From casual watches to elegant timepieces, there is something for everyone in the IWC Jubilee collection.
IWC Schaffhausen has made use of a few strategic design protocols to unify the watches under one collection. These watches have a thematic and stylistic homogeneity, in spite of being vastly different from one another. Each watch of the collection comes with a 12-layered lacquer dial in either white or blue. The white or blue dial is sharply contrasted by the blued or rhodium-coated hands. The insignia "150 Years" is present in each model of the Jubilee collection and serves as a mark of the company's success. All these watches come paired with a black Santoni alligator leather strap.
There are 12 layers of lacquer coating in total on each watch. Before the coating, these watches would undergo a brushing, polishing treatment, and the printing process. In the case of watches with white dials, all their markers are featured in black and hands in blue. With the blue dials, however, feature markers are in white and rhodium-plated white hands.
IWC's tribute to the legendary Pallweber pocket watch is a timepiece that not only demonstrates a technical innovation of IWC but also brings back to life one of the company's most historical models. The original Pallweber pocketwatches were the brainchild of Josef Pallweber, a legendary watchmaker from Salzburg. It first came out in 1884 and had a digital timekeeping system in which the hours and minutes were presented by large numerals on rotating disks instead of the hour and minute hands. Pallweber watches are historically significant for being one of the first in history to incorporate a digital time display.
The original models are exceedingly rare in the present time. Only about 20,000 were manufactured by IWC, and their commercial success did not last very long. This was because of the large drain on the watches' power reserves due to the operation of heavy disks.
The recreated Pallweber wristwatches feature an 18k rose-gold case in 45 mm diameter. They also have a white, lacquered-finish dial and a blue seconds hand to enhance the digital hours-and-minutes display. This has come about as a solution to the problem with a new movement packed with a patent-pending system to operate the disks.
IWC's in-house Caliber 94200 powers the Tribute to Pallweber. It is a manual-winding movement that makes the toothed cogs function better.
One of the major highlights of the jubilee collection is the Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillion Edition "150 Years". For the first time, this watch brings together the patented constant-force tourbillon with a moon phase display. It is available in two versions, one in platinum with a white dial, another comes with a blue dial. Both models are limited to just 15 pieces each. Their case diameter is 46mm, and they are powered by the newly manufactured hand-wound 94805 calibre.
Another exclusive product from the Jubilee line is the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Edition "150 Years". It is a fusion of a perpetual calendar with a tourbillon. The 45mm red gold automatic watch is powered by the 51950 calibre which provides a 7-day power reserve. Only 50 pieces of this watch were manufactured.
Portugieser Chronograph Edition "150 Years'' comes with a 69335 calibre that originates from the 69000 calibre family. The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Edition "150 Years" and the Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "150 Years" are the another two models of the family. All these watches adhere to the stylistic and thematic features of the Jubilee collection.
This IWC Portugieser Chronograph is an altered edition that involved the Jubilee Collection design elements. The watch features a stainless steel case, a white lacquered dial, blued hands as well as the sapphire-glass caseback, which make you appreciate the beautiful movements of the watch.
Three new models have been added to the Portofino family for the 150th anniversary. Three variants of the 45mm Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition "150 Years" are available. They feature an eight-day power backup as well. It is driven by a 59800 calibre from the manufacturer. The Jubilee collection's blue and white colors have been applied to both the 42mm Portofino Chronograph Edition "150 Years" and the 40mm Portofino Automatic Edition "150 Years."
The only item in the Jubilee Collection featuring a numerical annual calendar is this IWC Big Pilot watch. It has an American-format alphanumeric display for the month, day, and date in three windows just above the logo marking on the dial.
The IWC Jubilee collection has a special place in the hearts of collectors and connoisseurs. Iconic lines such as Portofino, Portugieser, Pallweber, among others, were reimagined for the project of IWC Jubilee. The drive to recreate and bring together the best of past models brought about some exquisite timepieces that are a true joy to any watch lover. They are available in very limited numbers and are in high demand across the globe.