Meet the fourteenth watch made by IWC Schaffhausen on the side of a good aim, “ Laureus Sport for Good ” – a cause that depends on sports to help kids and youngsters overcome viciousness, separation and detriment in their lives. Following various blue-shaded watches , like this unique Mark XVIII or this Chronograph Yacht Club , today the brand divulges a watch that by and by will profit the most powerless. Furthermore, there’s more, horologically talking, as it is likewise a remarkable model in the Portugieser assortment. Let’s have a more critical glance at the new IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” IW515301.
This new watch follows a since quite a while ago settled custom for IWC, on the side of the social sports projects run by its accomplice, Laureus Sport for Good. This venture, established under the Patronage of Nelson Mandela, accepts that sport, a financially savvy yet incredible asset, can assist youngsters with battling a wide range of demonstrations of viciousness, segregations and detriments. This cause depends on an enormous arrangement of accomplices, which incorporates IWC, partaking now for the fourteenth time in succession, with a standard blue-themed watch. However, this year, the watch being referred to is very uncommon, since it isn’t only another dial on a current model, yet it is an exceptional adaptation of the exemplary Portugieser.
The IWC Portugieser is the most notorious model in the brand’s territory. It has existed in various varieties, with 3-hand developments, programmed or hand-wound, with tourbillons, QPs, chronographs and rattrapante. What we have today is a Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher. The individuals who know somewhat about IWC will absolutely perceive this development, yet it never made it into this collection.
New model, Familiar “Laureus” design
This new model, named IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” IW515301 (a serious name, undoubtedly), shares its development with a watch from 2015, the IW5151 Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher Chronograph . Just accessible in gold, this watch remained something of a mystery and is presently out of the assortment. In any case, one can’t deny a certain horological interest in this piece, which goes a couple of steps past the customary programmed chronograph. Be that as it may, more on the mechanics later.
This new Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” IW515301 is above all else a Portugieser. This implies that we’ll locate all the exemplary components of the assortment, adjusted for the event. The case is huge and measures 46mm in breadth with the mark plan of the Portugieser. The bezel is nearly inexistent and combined with the distance across, it makes for a watch with presence. The drags are moderately short and bended, taking into account comfort. The case is done with a combination of cleaned and brushed surfaces. The most striking component is, as excepted, the crown that is utilized both for winding and setting tasks yet additionally to enact or stop the chronograph.
Like all Laureus-themed watches, this IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher highlights a blue dial with a sunray-brushed example. Other than that, the exemplary components of the assortment have been incorporated, for example, the notable Arabic numerals and the leaf-formed hands. Both are rhodium-plated for a pleasant differentiation with the dial. Because of the size of the case and the development, the showcase is clear and proportioned. The sub-dials or the date window are not “lost” in the dial however positioned where they ought to. The presentation comprises of a little seconds at 6 o’clock, a 60-minute recorder for the chronograph at 12 o’clock, a date at 3 o’clock and a force hold marker at 9 o’clock – fundamental given the colossal measure of force in this movement.
Turning the watch over, there’s no sapphire precious stone to uncover the development – yet it is for a good motivation. The caseback is engraved with the triumphant plan from the yearly IWC drawing competition for members of Laureus projects. This year, the jury chose a drawing by 15-year old Yi Xin from China as the triumphant passage with a moving depiction of fellowship. Yi is a member in the “Extraordinary Olympics China” program. This Laureus-upheld project offers preparing in Olympic sports disciplines for youngsters and grown-ups with mental disabilities.
So, despite the fact that the development is covered up, it is in any case one of the extraordinary motors done by IWC. Albeit this type 59360 was infrequently utilized by the brand – just in the Portofino range – its base is the notable 8-day power save, hand-wound, time-and-date type 592xx, which has been utilized in both Portofino models and in Portugieser hand-wound watches, for example, this IWC 150th Anniversary edition or in the brilliant Portugieser 75th Anniversary model .
On top of this enormous development that can stockpile to 192 hours of energy, a meager chronograph module has been adjusted, with a monstrous section haggle obvious switches and cog wheels. The particularity of this development is its “monopusher” development, implying that just one catch is utilized to execute the beginning/stop/reset elements of the chronograph.
Price and availability
The new IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Monopusher Edition “Laureus Sport for Good” (reference IW515301) is worn on a Black Santoni croc cowhide lash with a steel collapsing fasten. It will be restricted to 500 pieces around the world. Cost will be CHF 17,000.
More subtleties at IWC.com .