For Dubai Watch Week in November 2017, IWC Schaffhausen has launched an exclusive new watch for collectors in the Middle East, in partnership with Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. The Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound (Ref. IW546307), with its dark green dial, comes in a limited edition of just 25 watches. This watch, specially created for lovers of fine watchmaking, will be available in IWC’s regional stores from 1 December 2017.
The Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton comes in a 42mm 5N red gold case, and it can be as exquisitely crafted as the movement. The dial area, which is the widest section, additionally features an additional sapphire glass to showcase that the caliber A&S8220 in all its glory. The bottom of the case is made narrower to fit snugly on the wrist.The Arnold & Son UTTE Skeleton watch will be limited to only 50 pieces, and every watch will include a hand-stitched brownish or black alligator leather strap with a fitting 5N reddish gold buckle using all the Arnold & Son emblem. Cost is $76,750. Arnold & Son creates some gorgeous moon phase watches, and there is a new piece from the collection with a new spin. With a 2nd three-dimensional moon, the Arnold & Son HM Double Hemisphere Perpetual Moon watch preserves the visual appeal of previous models but gives the wearer a view of the moon from both the southern and northern hemispheres. The elegant golden constellations along with the stunning blue guilloché dial make certain this piece fits in just perfectly with the remainder of the line and the brand as a whole.Measuring in at 42mm, the Arnold & Son HM Dual Hemisphere Perpetual Moon case is offered at 18 karat red gold, even though perhaps in the long run a stainless steel variant is going to be offered. Whatever the case, the gold with the deep azure guilloché dial is just simply beautiful. The three-dimensional moons themselves are 11.2mm, and are linked with the golden stars resulting in a totally mesmerizing look. Regal is the term to describe this dialup, and Arnold & Son have made a bit that will make fans completely salivate.
The Portugieser range was created in the 1930s to meet the specifications of Portuguese businessmen (hence the name), and became a pillar of IWC’s collections. The Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound, launched in 2011, showcases the haute horlogerie talents of Kurt Klaus and his team, but remains understated despite its high-end mechanics.
This version, limited to 25 pieces, has a deep emerald dial and is animated by a flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock. The round 43-mm case is fitted with a black alligator leather strap. The manually-wound manufacture 98900 calibre, which can be viewed through the transparent sapphire crystal case back, supplies a power reserve of 54 hours and features IWC’s signature indexless balance.
Portugieser Tourbillon (Ref IW546307) © IWC Schaffhausen
As Luc Rochereau, IWC’s regional brand manager for the Middle-East, India and Africa, explained, the most demanding connoisseurs and collectors of the Middle East have always supported the IWC brand, which was why it made sense to have a timepiece available exclusively in that region.
The Seddiqi family remains an enthusiastic supporter of IWC, and is delighted to be able to offer its timeless timepieces to the region’s watch lovers. “The Portugieser range has always showcased the best of haute horlogerie and of IWC,” explains Abdul Hamied Seddiqi, vice-president of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. “It is a privilege to be able to offer this rare hand-wound tourbillon to our select clientele.”