IWC is celebrating their 150th anniversary this year and as a result is releasing a special commemorative watch – the Pallweber Edition. Its no-nonsense display of time and ultra-classic look pays homage to the Savonnette pocket watch from 1886. This IWC tribute is limited to 250 pieces and therefore has a hefty price tag of US $36,000.
If the sticker shock doesn’t scare you off, or you’re just a casual observer like us, the features are really where you want to focus. This special watch is powered by an in-house IWC caliber 94200. The manually-wound movement clicks at 4Hz and stores up to 60 hours worth of reserve. While we haven’t seen images of the movement yet, it can be assumed that it will be clearly shown through the sapphire display caseback which already features and impressive inlaid 18k gold medallion.
While retrospective, this watch doesn’t just exist in the past – the digital display of time is one of the first fun items you notice when you see this head. The sub-set discs operates on two different scales – a ten minute and a one minute. Above both is the hour log with jumps every sixty minutes, as you would expect. Seeing all three jump simultaneously is quite difficult to engineer, but IWC has masterfully perfected this as they do with all micro-features in their offerings.
While not an item each of us collectors can afford to add to our inventory, those that can will certainly be pleased with their acquisition.