Words from IWC:
“Past and present in a fusion of digital mechanics: in the anniversary year, IWC launches its first ever wristwatches with a digital display for the hours and minutes, as used in historic Pallweber pocket watches” (IWC.com).
Sized at 45mm, this Jubilee model of IWC is rather a big wrist watch. However, as this is IWC’s tribute toward Pallweber pocket watches, the size is justified as pocket watches are sized anywhere from 30mm to 50mm.
As it is limited to just 25 watches and 150th anniversary year watch, entire case is made out of platinum. With that said, this watch is able to withstand 3 bar of pressure. Overall, it is simple and classic looking case that well resembles the old Pallweber pocket watches well.
Back side of this watch also uses the same platinum material as the case. Also, the see-through sapphire glass back of this jubilee watch reveals the beautiful and well-engineered movement of the watch. When looked closely, there is a 150 years edition medallion near the crown.
III. Dial, Bezel, and Crown
What sets this watch apart from other conventional watches is the white dial with a lacquered finish all inspired by the historic Pallweber watches. The blue display disc reveals the form of the digital hours and minutes display that was first introduced in Pallweber pocket watches.
However, as Pallweber was an Austrian, the original dial had “Heures” and “Minutes.” Following the design of the historic Pallweber watches and as a tribute to the American IWC founder F.A. Jones, the windows of the digital display are labeled in English with ‘Hours” and “Minutes.”
Lastly, there is a small seconds sub dial near the bottom with platinum bezel and crown that highly resembles the IWC’s original Pallweber pocket watches.
As it is the highly limited watch of IWC, this Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” utilizes the premium Santoni black alligator leather strap with orange tan colored leather inside.
As it is almost a recreation of an older watch from 1884, this Jubilee watch uses the classic platinum pin buckle.
Santoni is an Italian leather brand that supplies high-quality leather straps for IWC’s flagship models.
Movement used on this watch is the Calibre 94200 of IWC. Similar to the older pocket watches, it is a manual winding movement that has power reserve of 60 hours.
To achieve the 60 hours of power reserve, this watch has two barrels. In this case, the second barrel powers the separate wheeltrain for the discs of the digital Pallweber display for the hours and minutes; The fact that the flow of power in the main wheel train is uninfluenced guarantees a precise rate and a 60-hour power reserve.
VI. Conclusion and Pricing
Priced at 57,800 USD, it is a very unique watch to own. Personally, I am a believer that 45mm wrist watch does not look good on anyone’s wrist. However, I do think that it is a beautiful watch on its own.
Limited to 25 pieces, the first-ever IWC wristwatch with a jumping numeral module just like the historic Pallweber pocket watches, if you are able to get your hands on this watch, it would be a phenomenal watch to own with a deep history.