IWC Schaffhausen is turning 150 next year. To celebrate this milestone, the company is set to unveil a special Jubilee collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie watch fair in Geneva, comprising a total of 27 limited-edition models from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watches and Da Vinci families. To mark this occasion, IWC is also launching its first-ever wristwatch to feature the original digital hours and minute display as it appeared on the Pallweber pocket watches back in 1884. The one aesthetic element all these timepieces share is their imprinted dial in white or blue, an effect that is achieved by a process of applying several layers of lacquer, reminiscent of heritage enamelled finishes.
IWC’s first-ever watches to feature jumping numerals in a digital display are one of the special highlights of the Jubilee collection. They show the hours and minutes in large numerals on rotating discs. IWC was already using this form of time display in pocket watches back in 1884; the display was a revo¬lutionary development in its time. The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW505002) has an 18-carat red gold case, a white dial with a lacquered finish, white display discs, and a blued seconds hand. The watch is available in a limited edition of 250. As a reference to the design of the historic Pallweber watches and a tribute to F. A. Jones – the American watch¬maker who founded IWC – the windows of the digital display are labelled as “Hours” and “Minutes”.