IWC Schaffhausen released several new timepieces at the recent online Watches & Wonders event. Among them was this “Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide” featuring an innovative “tide display” made possible thanks to a special wheel train that can translate the rhythm of the hours into the constantly shifting chronological sequence of high and low water.
The 44.6mm case is made of 18k 5N gold with a transparent sapphire exhibition caseback, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
It comes equipped with a screw-in setting crown, seamlessly integrated between gold protectors. As well as smooth stubby lugs that provide a comfortable wrist fit. All topped by a convex sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 60 meters (196 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue dial with 18k gold applied Arabic numerals with a white printed rail-road motif minute index ring. Followed by a gold quarter-second scale circling the flange with blue printed minute index markers and Arabic numerals for every five minute increments, except for the 60 numeral which is in red for an increased legibility.
There are also two sub-dials: a double moon phase display that integrates information about spring and neap tides, which informs about the strength of the current tides. For example, spring tides with high water risks, occur during a full moon and new moon.
While at the 6 o’clock position we find a sub-seconds counter, which also indicated the expected times for the next high and low tide. This tidal display module was integrated into the 82835 caliber movement and contains 49 parts. It comes equipped with gold-plated central hands and a long thin gold red-tipped chronograph hand. There is also a date aperture at the 3 o’clock position.
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide
The “IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide” (Ref#: IW344001) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 82110 with 25 jewels, 233 components, and 28,800 Vph. It comes equipped with a Pellaton winding mechanism fitted with ceramic parts. Power reserve of this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a blue rubber strap with textile inlay, secured to the wrist by a gold deployment buckle. Pre-orders are currently being placed for this innovative timepiece. For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.
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