IWC Portugaise Calendrier Perpétuel

Par Florian Matrion, le 27 juillet 2010
Portugaise Calendrier Perpétuel
Portugaise Calendrier Perpétuel
Diaporama
When the great classic of IWC, the Portuguese, meets this remarkable complication that is the perpetual calendar, the expectations are very high. Let’s see how the Schaffhausen’s brand gives the answers.
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L'avis de la rédaction
76.5/100
Note des internautes
78/100

An elegant watch

At the first glance, it is a feeling of elegance that stands out of this IWC.
The very beautiful alligator strap, the grey gold casing, the very dark and changing blue dial as well as the dial finishing are perfectly controlled.

The grey gold bears its name wrong…
It indeed offers very warm reflects, distilled with parsimony thanks to the brushing of the straight parts of the casing as well as the rounded parts of the bezel or the back of the casing.

This finishing, combined with the design of the lugs, lives down the thickness of the watch.
This impression is confirmed once the watch is around the wrist, where it finds its place and could even be forgotten, as long as the wrist is not too small !

 

A harmonious dial

The dial happily plays on the finishing and the aspect.
Trademark of the brand, the opening of the dial is very wide and the time is perfectly readable. 

The sub-dials allow a complete display of the calendar, the power reserve, and the moon with its phases as well as the number of the days before the next full moon. 

In order to allow a good readability of all the available information, IWC worked very finely on the contrasts of the hands and the sub-dials. 

Only drawback : the aperture of the year and its discs lack of discretion inside of a very harmonious dial.

 

The perpetual calendar is a very accomplished and delicate complication that IWC completely controls insomuch that it provides a substitute aperture that allows the display of the year until 2499 !The movement

On the other side of the watch, the caliber 51614 unveils itself very widely with a sapphire back that seems huge – for our great pleasure.

Once more, the realization is beautiful and well accomplished.

It allows seeing the oscillating weight with the Probus Scaffusia locket, the automatic Pellaton self-winding system, and the barrel that allows a 7-day power reserve as well as the vibrating balance of 21.600 alternations per hour.

Little regret : the modular conception of the caliber puts indeed the complication on the dial side and make thus invisible the specificity of this wonderful model.

 

Finally, the perpetual calendar is a very accomplished and delicate complication that IWC completely controls insomuch that it provides a substitute aperture that allows the display of the year until 2499 !

Accompanied like here by a 7-day power reserve, by a calendar setting by the crown, it nearly allows to believe that it is a normal watch.
Be careful nevertheless when setting the date : the system does not allow going back.

 

Conclusion

With this new Perpetual Calendar Portuguese, IWC gives a rare watch.
Despite important sizes, the interest of the complication, the pleasure to wear it around the wrist and to watch it prevail to a large extent.

 

The + :

  • the perpetual calendar
  • the general elegance
  • the quality of the finishing

 

The – :

  • the sizes, especially the thickness
  • the white aperture to read the year

 

Further information :

  • journalist’s wrist = 17,5 cm
  • brand Internet website : IWC
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Données constructeur

Marque
Modèle
Référence constructeur
Boîtier (matière)
Diamètre boîtier (hors couronne)
Diamètre boîtier (avec couronne)
Mouvement
Calibre
Base calibre
Fonctions
Verre
Capacité de la réserve de marche
Fond transparent
Entre-cornes
Longueur corne à corne
Hauteur boîtier
Etanchéité
Bracelet (matière)
Boucle (type)
Boucle (matière)
Poids total

L'avis de la rédaction 76.5/100

Confort / Agrément (/15)
détail Mouvement (/20)
Optimisation / Décoration du mouvement (/5) 0
Agrément de manipulation et de réglage (/5) 0
Contrôle du mouvement par la Manufacture / distinctions diverses (/3) 0
Capacité de la réserve de marche (/2) 0
Complications (/5) 0
détail Finitions (/20)
Finitions cadran (/6) 0
Finitions boîtier (/6) 0
Qualité du travail de déco° / gravure du fond de boîte (/2) 0
Qualité du verre (/4) 0
Finitions de la boucle (interne et externe) (/2) 0
détail Fonctionnalité (/20)
Lisibilité diurne (/5) 0
Lisibilité nocturne (/4) 0
Etanchéité (/3) 0
Facilité de réglage et de changement du bracelet (/4) 0
Sécurité / solidité de la boucle (/4) 0
détail Bonus (/10)
Série limitée (/3) 0
Montre fournie avec plusieurs bracelets (/2) 0
Qualité de la boîte et de la sur-boîte (/1) 0
Portabilité avec manches de chemise fermées (/2) 0
Présence de "goodies" (/1) 0
Intelligibilité du booklet (/1) 0
Rapport qualité / prix (/15)
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Note des internautes 78/100

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