The Swiss watch manufacturer has just announced a limited edition version of its Portuguese timepiece. Called IWC Portuguese Automatic Limited Edition for Taiwan (ref. IW5001-19), the new watch celebrates the upcoming Centennial of the Republic of China and delivers you everything that you can rightfully expect from the line: a slightly oversized, yet slim body, a top notch automatic movement that gives impressive seven days of power reserve, and an easy to read dial with its trendy bi-compax layout.
The Republic of China was established almost 99 years ago on 1 January 1912 and, for a certain period of time, encompassed mainland China and a number of islands. However, after the communists took over in 1949, its territory diminished to the island, which is usually referred to as Taiwan.
Although sovereignty of the Republic of China is not recognized by the People’s Republic of China, the Swiss watchmaking brand is not afraid of incurring the wrath of the Communist government and will soon deliver a special edition of its beautiful IWC Portuguese 7 Days Power Reserve automatic watch. As you can see on the pictures, the main difference between the base model and this limited edition one is the color scheme of the dial: while preserving the same white dial, this new Taiwan Edition has its hands and Arabic numerals fully blacked-out. The choice of colors not only makes the dial more contrast, but also gives an even deeper three-dimensional look making the watch even more elegant and sober than the base version.
The model in question is powered by the IWC calibre 51011 in-house self-winding movement that offers a seven-days power reserve function and uses a IWC exclusive Pellaton winding system.
The movement is perfectly seen through a transparent sapphire case back.
Its skeletonized winding rotor comes with inscriptions “One Out of 100” and “For Taiwan,” while the traditional red gold medallion bearing the Probus Scafusia stamp is replaced with another medallion depicting the shape of Taiwan island. As usual, the mechanism features perfectly executed circular Geneva Stripes motif, polished screw-heads, and, of course, gears with sunray motif.
The watch is delivered in a stainless steel case measuring 42.3 mm in diameter and 14.0 mm in height. It sports a monochromatic color scheme with a white dial and black (or very dark gray) hands, as well as applied Arabic numerals and hour indexes. The only red accent here is reserved for the power reserve indicator, which is placed at 3 o’clock.
The Portuguese Taiwan‘s total production run will be limited to only 100 units, but will be available worldwide. So, if you support the island’s independence (or simply are interested in a limited edition watch from a reputable brand,) you should probably place an order for your individually numbered example right now.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 2/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
IWC Portuguese Automatic Limited Edition Taiwan Automatic (ref. IW5001-19) watch specification
Price: TBD, Approx. $10,000
Movement: Automatic, IWC caliber 51011, 21,600 vph, 42 jewels + 2 beryllium bronze bearings
Functions: Hour, minutes, small seconds, power reserve
Power reserve: 168 hours / 7 Days
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.30 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, applied, black
Hands: Steel, black
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather with stainless steel folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire