Legendary watchmaker IWC celebrates 150 years in Australia by launching an impressive limited edition 29 piece Jubilee collection. Each of the anniversary timepieces is identified by a blue or white dial specially coated up to 12 times, then flat-polished, brushed and imprinted.
The watches with a white dial have blued hands, while those with a blue dial have rhodium-plated hands. The imprinted dials and blued hands are references to IWC’s first Portugieser model IW325, from way back in 1939. Each Jubilee watch is fitted with a black alligator leather strap and bears the Jubilee insignia “150 Years,” as a medallion or as an engraving.
IWC opened its first boutique in Australia earlier this year in Melbourne on Collins Street and, on the occasion of the brand’s 150th anniversary, will feature the limited-edition timepieces from the Jubilee collection.
To further mark this anniversary, IWC gathered its closest friends and members of the local press for an intimate dinner in Sydney. The guest list included Rockpool Founder Neal Perry, former Olympian Michael Klim and Man of Many founder’s Frank Arthur and Scott Purcell among others. The event was hosted by Florian Gutsmiedl, Brand Director for IWC Australia and New Zealand.
Guests tried on highlights from the Jubilee collection including the IWC Tribute Pallweber Edition ‘150 Years’ – the first-ever IWC wristwatch with a jumping numeral module; the Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Edition ‘150 Years,’ and the Da Vinci Automatic Edition ‘150 Years.’
Guests were also treated to oysters served with smokey truffle, fresh sashimi tacos and juicy eye fillets, which were tastefully paired with whiskey sours, champagne and St Hugo wines. So jealous!
A short film was screened, marking the 150th-year milestone with Master Watchmaker Kurt Klaus demonstrating the intricacy and technical ingenuity that goes into every IWC timepiece. Good times were had by all.
You can find out more about IWC’s Jubilee Collection online including directions to your nearest dealer.