October is shaping up to be a very exciting month for watch enthusiasts. If you’re still reeling from that Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition, you’ll be pleased to hear that IWC too will unveil the broadest retrospective exhibition ever in Southeast Asia — Singapore to be exact.
From 14 — 27 October 2019, collectors and watch fanatics can head over to Takashimaya Shopping Centre’s Level 1 Main Atrium, as the space transforms into an immersive experience that documents the Swiss manufacturer’s compelling journey of exceptional engineering and design. For this task, close to 20 historical references will be flown straight from the IWC Museum in Schaffhausen to Singapore, each depicting the evolution of its three most successful lines: the Portugieser, Portofino, and Pilot’s Watches.
Plenty of highlights are to be expected in this Sincere Fine Watches collaboration. The Pilot’s Watch Mark 11 from 1948 was praised for being a highly accurate, anti-magnetic astro-navigation tool, with a soft-iron inner shield that prevented the high-powered electronics in aircrafts from tinkering with timekeeping precision. So popular was the watch, that it has since inspired countless variants even till today.
The Portugieser Ref. 325 is another gem you’ll be able to view in person. First crafted in 1942, the timepiece — distinctive for its large but relatively thin 41.5mm case and a Bauhaus-esque dial — was the object of desire for plenty of collectors, especially Portuguese ship captains who wanted the precision of pocket watches on the wrist.
Then there’s the Portofino Hand Wound Moonphase Ref. 5251, a 1984 creation which was powered by a simple pocket watch movement. This movement was then turned 90 degrees and given a moon phase display, showcasing the brand’s, IWC’s former designer head Hanno Burtscher, and master watchmaker Kurt Klaus’ ingenuity.
“The beauty of IWC is in the unique spirit of its watch families. For instance, our Pilot’s Watches bring to life the dream of flying; the Portugieser carries our most sophisticated complications; and the Portofino captures the classic elegance that we, as a luxury brand, do exceedingly well,” says Mr. Stanislas Rambaud, Managing Director for IWC South East Asia. “We are proud to debut in Singapore this first-of-its-kind exhibition concept, which allows our most valued clients, fans of IWC and the public to immerse themselves in the emotions of our most successful lines at the same time,” he adds.
IWC’s expertise in craftsmanship is further emphasised with its display of artfully decorated references. Savonette Lady’s Pocket Watch “Jones” from 1879 will leave Switzerland for the first time ever to make its international debut here.
The retrospective is made extra special thanks to a juxtaposition of IWC’s existing fleet, of which is housed within the modernist-styled booth that’s designed to be a reflection of the company’s storied manufacturing centre in Schaffhausen.