Baselworld is coming up fast. With less than a day until Baselworld all the companies that will announce their new watches before have already done so. Now it is my job to convey these new releases onto you. This is the IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Boutique Edition. The movement used is the in-house 51613. This is the same movement used in all their other Perpetual Calendar watches. However, this is not a negative aspect because the perpetual calendar displays the date, day, month, year in four digits, and moon phase. All of the displays, including the moon phase, need to be reset once every four years. The positive features found in this movement don't stop there though. It also has a 7-day power reserve (with automatic winding) and an impressive 68 jewels.
The calibre 51613 is beautifully decorated, but what good is decoration if you can't see it? That may be what the designers at IWC thought as well, so they included an exhibition case back that gives you a full view of the movement as well as the rotor, complete with an 18-carat gold medallion. The case itself is 44.2mm in diameter and is water resistant to 30m. Due to this low water resistance it does not matter that it is set on a dark brown alligator leather strap with a folding clasp. If the water resistance was more it should probably be on a bracelet.
The watch will be available in IWC boutiques worldwide. However, it is a limited edition of just 500 pieces. This is the last of the IWC watches for Baselworld 2014, mainly because they totally revamped their entire Aquatimer collection at SIHH in January. Oh well, I am still loving lots of their new Aquatimers, although this watch is slowly but surely taking their place as my new favorite IWC.
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