Schaffhausen, 15. January 2018 – IWC Schaffhausen unveiled a pocket watch with jumping numerals at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva as a special highlight of the Jubilee collection, in celebration of the company’s 150th anniversary. The IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”, limited to 50 pieces, is the first pocket watch from IWC with a digital hours and minutes display since the production of the historical Pallweber pocket watch was discontinued in 1890, and the first new pocket watch from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer in the 21st century.
In 1884, IWC manufactured the first so-called Pallweber pocket watches. These innovative timepieces showed the hours and minutes in digital format with large numerals on rotating discs. In its 150th anniversary year, IWC honours this achievement with the IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years” (Ref. IW505101). This exclusive pocket watch is limited to 50 pieces. It is housed in an 18-carat red gold case, elaborately decorated with guilloché work and worn on an 18-carat red gold chain. The pocket watch features a white dial with a lacquered fi nish and white display discs. The small seconds hand is blued.
As a reference to the design of the historical Pallweber watches and a tribute to F.A. Jones – the American watchmaker who founded IWC – the windows of the digital display are labelled as “Hours” and “Minutes”. Two windows in the spring cover reveal the hours and minutes, so the time can be read even when it is closed. The case also features a closed dust cover on the backside.
The IWC-manufactured 94200 calibre advances the display discs by using a separate wheel train with a barrel of its own. The fact that the flow of power in the main wheel train operates independently guarantees precision and a 60-hour power reserve.
With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of Haute Horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design. As an ecologically and socially responsible company, IWC is committed to sustainable production, supports institutions around the globe in their work with children and young people, and maintains partnerships with organizations dedicated to environmental protection.