Hands-On with the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’ Limited Edition

June 11, 2021
4 min read

For once, permit me to cite an official statement (something that we ordinarily never do, considering the crazy measure of confidence brands can and normally put in their press releases). In any case, this one was very proper: “Like a decent film, this watch doesn’t need to depend on uncommon effects“. In fact, the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days is outwardly flying under the radar and all the ancient rarities are mechanical – which is a greatly improved alternative for watch-geeks like us. To follow the special platinum edition of the Portugeiser Annual Calendar for BFI 2015 we showed you as of late, IWC likewise presents a 59-piece limited edition, with an easier development and in steel. Here is the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days ‘BFI London Film Festival 2015’ Limited Edition.

If you have interest in history of watchmaking, you’ve most likely saw that the IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days could undoubtedly be the edition that is the nearest to the absolute first Portugieser watches presented in 1940 – except maybe the 75th commemoration edition that depends on a similar development yet with an alternate, vintage-arranged dial. To be sure, with its huge case actuated by the monstrous pocket-watch style development, it’s clean dial with a little second sub-dial at 6, its adapted Arabic numeral, the long and slight leaf hands and the rail-street minute track, this is the watch that best deciphers the job of the old Portugeiser. It is certainly the nearest from the unique spirit.

This watch used to come beforehand (before 2013) with a more straightforward development, the Calibre 98295 (essentially an advancement of the antique Caliber 98), a huge pocket-watch-style development that boasts only 46 hours of force save. Presently, the classical IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound comes with an extra-date highlight yet essentially with a huge 8-day power save development, partaken in a few other Portugiesers and Portofinos (like the  Hand-Wound Pure Classic ). The update is essentially mechanical (and unmistakably, last clients ought to be cheerful from the redesign) and visually, this watch stays an exemplary – and there’s nothing to complain about. The IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days was accessible until the present time in 3 editions (steel with brilliant white dial, steel with dark dial and rose gold with silvery-white dial). To commend the 59th commemoration of the BFI London Film Festival, IWC presents a 59-piece limited edition, with a few visual specificities (more on the organization among IWC and the BFI here ).

Basically, it utilizes a similar theme as the one of a kind platinum edition of the Portugeiser Annual Calendar for BFI 2015  we showed you as of late. In any case, on the opposite of the last that will be auctioned through  this connection , the Hand-Wound Eight Days will highlight a treated steel case and will be sold traditionally (at the London store first). The dial is silver-plated and includes a pleasant sunburst design – which was, from the expressions of Justin who did the photographs, amazing to take a gander at however hard to shoot as it plays a great deal with the encompassing light. Then the hands and the files are blued – while keeping a similar famous look as each old fashioned IWC Portugeiser.

The caseback additionally gives its dosage of specificities, as the sapphire glass is printed with the logo of the BFI London Film Festival and the quantity of the watch (xx/59). Behind this glass cover, we discovered back the Caliber 59215, with its 8-day power-save from an enormous single barrel. Here, the force save marker is situated on the development side and permits a view on the excess energy, which is pragmatic for two reasons. In the first place, with a particularly long force hold you will in general neglect to wind the development (in this manner losing the every day custom of pivoting the crown) and it also prompt that the accuracy will in general fall down when the energy gets more like zero. In this manner, the pointer will assist you with knowing when you’d better wind the movement.

The IWC Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition ‘ London Film Festival 2015’ is a limited edition of just 59 watches (as an accolade for the 59th London Film Festival). Each model will be separately numbered looking into it back. This Special Edition piece will be accessible to pre-request from September. More subtleties on the committed page on  IWC.com .

Thank you to our editor  Justin Hast  for these amazing and select live photographs that he accomplished for us and furthermore for his own blog  KangKono .