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IWC and Solaris set sail with the Double Moon
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IWC and Solaris set sail with the Double Moon

Monday, 03 August 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
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IWC Schaffhausen and its partner Solaris Yachts have worked on a very special customised sailing yacht, the Double Moon. A 55-foot Solaris 55 from the Italian boatbuilder was designed to perfectly reflect the new Portugieser watch collection.

The history of the IWC Portugieser is inextricably linked to seafaring, sailing and navigation. In the late 1930s, the watchmakers from Schaffhausen developed the first Portugieser, a wristwatch with the precision of a marine chronometer. Its clean, functional dial took inspiration from the deck observation watches of the time; nautical precision instruments used for navigation. With the new collection, IWC continues the maritime legacy of the Portugieser and introduces a broad range of attractive new models, all of which are fitted with IWC-manufactured calibres and feature a timelessly modern design inspired by the world of modern yachting.

Solaris 55 Double Moon © IWC
Solaris 55 Double Moon © IWC

To make the universe of the Portugieser tangible in a never-before-seen way, designers from IWC and Solaris Yachts joined forces to create a customized sailing yacht. The starting point was the Solaris 55, a 55-foot long racer/cruiser which is optimized for performance sailing with a small crew but also offers maximum comfort for extended cruising. The creative specialists carefully adapted the yacht to different design codes found in the new IWC Portugieser collection, while at the same time making sure that it perfectly represents the look and feel of the brand’s new advertising campaign. The yacht’s name, “DOUBLE MOON”, is reminiscent of the unique moon-phase display of IWC’s legendary perpetual calendar. Presented for the first time in 2003 in the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 5201), it correctly depicts the phase of the moon as seen in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

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