The ultimate objective when designing a complicated watch is to impart the numerous thoughts of the movement in a clear, simple-to-interpret form. The new Cheap IWC Replica Edition “75th Anniversary,” in my opinion, conveys an array of information succinctly with a welcome absence of ambiguity.This year, IWC has revisited its iconic Portugieser collection, boldly exploring design elements of various models which, on the face of it, already appeared perfect beforehand. Where Christian Knoop, IWC’s creative director, demonstrates his incredible talent is by taking already excellent watch designs, with seemingly refined elements, and somehow finding subtle improvements.I tried on the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” when it was launched in January 2015 at SIHH and immediately fell under its spell. The watch garners attention with the unusual pairing of conventional hands with digital date and month displays. The resultant dial relates much information to the wearer with perfect diction. This is an intelligent design because, despite presenting several functions, the wearer is able to absorb each parcel of data with matchless lucidity.
While in London recently, I visited the recently opened IWC Boutique on New Bond Street, a retail avenue that plays host to the world’s finest luxury brands. Admiring several watches, including some rare “boutique limited editions,” I chanced upon a platinum-cased Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary.” I should explain at this juncture that the model is limited to 25 pieces worldwide in platinum (along with a further 75 pieces in each of the two 18k rose gold options), hence the probability of finding this timepiece again remains low.The silver-plated dial deftly walks a judicious course between discreet consumption and evident luxury. Indeed, it looks tasteful, yet sumptuous and refined, all at the same time. The leaf-shaped hour and minute hands are presented in a highly polished silvery hue, whilst the super-svelte central chronograph seconds hand evinces a blue tincture. Two subdials occupy the central area of the dial, positioned one above the other. Each subdial is snailed and shares the same-size footprint, conferring a welcome balance to proceedings.The uppermost subdial is an ingenious chronograph register, displaying both elapsed minutes and hours using two blued hands that share the same axis. This perpetual calendar is paired with not merely a chronograph but a flyback chronograph. Towards the southerly aspect of the dial, just above 6 o’clock, a second subdial displays the running seconds and is equipped with a hacking function. A leap-year display features at the core of this display.Unlike on the IWC Replica Watches Portuguiser Chronograph Classic, which shares much design language in common with the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary,” the chronograph push-pieces are not capstan-like in profile but lozenge-shaped. They are different, but no less appealing.
Finally, I come to the issue of temptation. This watch offers a dapper platinum case, an in-house movement, several complications and remarkable value for the money, priced at a comparatively reasonable price of £46,900. There is no question that I find the Cheap IWC Replica Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month Edition “75th Anniversary” a very tempting proposition.