Our top 5 IWC watches
The Portofino range has established itself as one of IWC’s most successful families with both men and women. This is due to the demand for classic models with purist designs. The uncluttered dial with Roman numerals and simple hour markers is completed with slim feuille hands. The design origins of the watch can be traced back to the 1970s, when the Lepine pocket watch became the inspiration for the entire watch family. The back of the watch highlights a very special image for the brand. The deck of the ship offers a unique panorama as you enter the harbour at Portofino. The back engraving on selected models from the line capture the magic of Portofino for eternity.
The iconic design of Portugieser watches, with their imposing size, simple Arabic numerals, slim feuille hands and railway-track-style chapter ring originated in the 1930s. Today, the watch still remains a simple style icon. The railway-track-style chapter ring, which was popular on pocket watches in the 1930s, is reminiscent of railway tracks and features on the simple dials of Portugieser watches to this day.
The Pilot’s watch is most recognisable by its conical crown and dates back to the pioneering days of aviation, when pilots had to face the elements in unheated cockpits. The original Pilot’s Watches had particularly large crows that were easy to grip so that they could be set and wound by a pilot wearing thick gloves ad a padded flight suit. The black dials of cockpit instruments with their contrasting, luminescent displays has been the inspiration for the cockpit design of classic Pilot’s Watches for decades. The dial is reduced to the bare essentials, with striking luminescent hands and numerals that stand out against the matte-black background.
A homage to the technical ingenuity of the 1950s, the first Ingenieur combined the simple dial design with striking hands and the most advanced winding mechanism of the time to create a modern watch. The collection is inspired by the brand’s passion for engineering and uses materials like ceramic and titanium that would be found in motorsports; highlighting the watches technical yet sporty character.
With the rise of diving as a sport in the 1960s, IWC created the Aquatimer. The patented IWC bracelet quick-change system for the Aquatimer collection makes changing from a steel bracelet to a rubber strap or vice versa quick and simple. The bracelet is pushed into the locking bar from the top and engages audibly. It is released by pressing the lever on the underside of the strap outwards with the thumb pushing the bracelet up. The sealing system offers effective protection against water, dust and other external influences. With water-resistance to 3 bar, the watch can be worn when swimming, and at 6 bar it will have no problem with snorkelling. Diver’s watches with a water-resistance of 12 to 20 bar are professional measuring instruments designed for scuba-diving. Special diver’s watches that are water-resistant to 100 to 200 bar are suitable even for deep-sea diving.