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(Postscript - There are six models in the Vintage Collection however the only models that I would consider either historically or aesthetically interesting are the Portofino and Portuguese)
A few days ago at the launch party, I managed to photograph the Platinum Limited Edition Vintage Portofino. Here are the images of this beautiful piece put together on a webpage.
The classic looking watch which is a homage of the original Portofino moonphase, is an accurate replica save for the relocation of the two subdials at 12 and 6 rather than the original 9 and 3.
A huge watch at 46mm in diameter with a thin bezel, the watch looks enormous on the wrist. In my opinion almost much too big for a classical or dress watch. However it one is willing to accept that its a pocket watch on your wrist it may be workable.
With only 500 pieces being made for this model, I thought it may just be as well, as its list price at about SGD70,000. As aesthetically handsome this watch may be, I personally think that at this price point, the watch may is not as desirable as the first impression. There are many other watches in that price bracket that has higher pedigree, complications and desirability.CLICK HERE
to view the images of the watch.- HT
Here is the cover shot of the Vintage Portuguese. Admittedly I was disappointed that the steel version came with a black dial. However having seen it in the metal, I think the overall balance works. What I was surprised was how big the watch was and at 44mm with a very thin bezel, the watch looks gargantuan on the wrist. The saving grace is that its a relatively slim watch as well as having a nice FA Jone Caliber movement (first seen on the FA Jones Limited Edition).
Click on the image above to see it in full size. Do come back soo to download the desktop wallpapers of these two watches.
To see how these and others from the collection look like from another set of lenses, do also check out SJX's report of the Vintage Collection that he photographed together with me at the IWC Singapore HQ - CLICK HERE
For me one of the highlights from IWC this year is the remake of six of their most successful pieces put together as the Vintage Collection. I was invited to be amongst the first in Singapore to photograph the 2008 Novelties - there were many, but I concentrated on the watches that interest me. As with many IWC fans, it was the Vintage Portuguese and Vintage Portofino being two of most recognisable watches from the IWC stable. Both share the same base movement - the FA Jones Caliber which I had previously photographed in great detail before.
Here is the first of two cover shots - the Vintage Portofino. Click on it to see it in full size.
Launched at the Basel fair just a month ago, the Daniel Roth Papillon can be seen for the first time outside of the fair, click here
for more photos.
Harry Winston - that of jewellery and Opus fame - is now traded under the ticker symbol "HWD" on the New York Stock Exchange. Click here
for the tale behind the transformation of the "jeweller to the stars".
One of the best out there today. Click here
for a thread on the Pellaton.
SJX in his usual prolific style has just published a nice report on the history and development of the Porsche Design Ocean 2000 that was built and sold by IWC.
A simple diver's watch with the significance of being one of the very first few watches that was enclased in titanium.