The Boutique Exclusive Edition from IWC brings together three successful and stunningly beautiful models in red gold. The exquisite timepieces are available in strictly limited editions exclusively from IWC boutiques.

The Boutique Exclusive Edition is the crowning glory for Schaffhausen’s traditionsteeped watch manufacturer. Three outstanding models – the Portuguese Hand- Wound Boutique Edition, the Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition and the Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition – will be issued in red gold: a small but all-important difference.

All three models, as rare as they are beautiful, will be available exclusively from IWC boutiques. Visitors to the stores, one of which opened recently at number 61 in Zurich’s famous Bahnhofstrasse, can look forward to professional expertise at the highest level, gain a fascinating insight into the world of IWC and savour a special type of exclusivity in the form of the Boutique Editions.

With a choice of three limited models in warm, 18-carat red gold cases, this year’s Boutique Exclusive Edition references some of the most exciting phases in the company’s long and wide-ranging history. The Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition comes in a 44-millimetre Portuguese casefitted with the 98295 calibre. Back in 1939, its predecessor was the first pocket watchsized model designed for the wrist. With its unusual dimensions, unconventional movement and understated elegance, it established a whole new genre in watch design.

The pocketwatch movement of the Portuguese Hand-Wound Boutique Edition has seen further improvements but still includes many of the design cues found in the first movements developed by company founder F. A. Jones. These include an elongated index, which is used to set the effective length of the balance spring and extends from the balance cock over the three-quarter plate. The watch, featuring a sapphire-glass back, silver plated dial, red gold Arabic numerals and slender “feuille” hands, will be limited to just one thousand pieces worldwide.

The Ingenieur Automatic Boutique Edition recalls another exciting era in IWC’s history: during the late 1940s and early 1950s, the company’s legendary Technical Director Albert Pellaton developed the first IWC automatic movement with a pawlwinding system. The mechanism was named after him and is still used by IWC today. The 80111 calibre, which replaced it several years ago and was developed specially for the modern versions of the Ingenieur, is now even more robust. It is also the driving force behind the Boutique Edition with its brown dial and red gold indices, and can be admired through the sapphire-glass back in the original Ingenieur’s 42.5-millimetre red gold case. This model is limited to 500 pieces.

The third model in the trio brings us even closer to the present day: the red gold Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition comes with a perpetual calendar and the original 46.2-millimetre case diameter of the Big Pilot’s Watch launched exactly ten years ago. An impressive time machine with a gold-plated dial featuring the time as well as displays for the date, day, month, and year in four digits and double moon for the northern and southern hemispheres. The 51614-calibre automatic movement has a seven-day power reserve. The time remaining is displayed on the watch dial. Equally unique and typical of IWC is the independent, mechanically programmed calendar with its complete, four-digit year display, which will require no correction until the year 2100 and can be advanced, together with all the other calendar displays, in one-day steps via the crown. The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition, the biggest of the three models in this special edition, also comes with a sapphireglass back. It is limited to 250 pieces.

With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing watches of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at its finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.

From The Collection Magazine
“IWC Boutique Exclusive Edition”