We are pretty excited about new IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar replica watches which debuts with the IW503501, IW503502, IW503504 references. For SIHH 2015, IWC will dedicate their focus the brand’s iconic Portuguese collection with a range of new models – even though until this point, the new watches that IWC has thus far announced are in the Portofino collection. This includes the new IWC Portofino Mid-Size for women as well as the attractive and simple IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic watch. The only new actual Portuguese collection watch for 2015 that we’ve seen is the IWC Portuguese Annual Calendar, and it boasts an impressive new movement, dial layout, and perhaps some hints about where IWC is going in 2015.
One of the oddest parts of this watch has nothing to do with the design but rather the name. There are times that IWC has referred to the Portuguese as the Portugieser internally – but I don’t recall actually seeing it as being part of the official name of any of their products. For whatever reason, IWC has decided to call this watch the “Portugieser Annual Calendar,” versus the more logical “Portuguese Annual Calendar,” which would fit more into the rest of the naming of the Portuguese collection. I am sure there is a reason for this, but it is currently a bit of a mystery. Personally, I believe this might be perhaps a mistake, and eventually, the watch will be corrected to be called the Portuguese Annual Calendar – we will see.
What makes me happy is that the watch is both aesthetically and technically beautiful, and has IWC debuting a new movement. The brand commonly re-uses movements in a range of watches, instead preferring to play with colors, case designs, and dial details. All that is nice and good, but I like IWC cheap fake watches at their best – which is doing something fascinating and technical. Here, we have an evolution on the caliber 52000 family of movements with the brand new IWC in-house made caliber 52850.
The 52850 builds on its family of calibers with not only an annual calendar complication, but a few other improvements and enhancements which IWC claims will make their way into other 52000 family movements. This includes a new automatic rotor design, and some aesthetic improvements to the movement. On top of operating at 4Hz (28,800 bph) with a long power reserve of 168 hours (7 days), the 52850 now has two versus one mainspring barrel. IWC claims that this is necessary to add additional torque which is required to move the various discs that display the calendar information. Of course, you also have the subsidiary seconds dial and power reserve indicator.