An appreciation for the classics - IWC Portuguese Jubilee  0 Comments


Even at the very early days of my sojorn into horology, I was drawn to this classic beauty. The Limited Edition Portuguese Jubilee. Produced back in 1993 it was at that time a watch that was released at the wrong stage of horological history - when big watches were not yet in vogue. Ironically it was a homage to the original specially ordered by a pair of Portuguese merchants for a watch that was considered extreme in its proportions. Produced in small numbers in Platinum, Rose Gold and Stainless Steel, the watch has since become one of the most desirable classics in the watch market.

The watch has grown from strength to strength and its one of those mythical watches that fuels the belief that watches can be a financial investment. The steel version was released at USD8300 and today it fetches close to USD20k - where many have argued that it may have already reached a point too far for a mere stainless steel three handed classic. But such is the nature of man's desires. Its not in the inherent value but the perceived beauty that collectors have seen to value it that highly.

But aside from its financial value, I have found this watch to be classic without peer as its design is very simple yet the workmanship and quality can easily be seen. When I was invited by its owner to have the watch for a day, I of course agreed to photograph it. Click on the images to see the full sized versions.

- HT
(Watch belongs to a private owner who asked to be kept anonymous)



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