The Portuguese 2000 Rose Gold Limited Edition  0 Comments


There are 750 of these rose gold watches floating around globally, in safes or on wrists of collectors. Any guess of the mathematical probability of the chance of two absolutely minty pieces available and sold in Singapore in a span of 5 days - to a pair of collector friends?
While the Portuguese 2000 is not the grail watch to most collectors, it remains highly desirable to the growing number of IWC Portuguese collectors for its overall presence. While it has not enjoyed the same level of fame as the Portuguese Jubilee, its technical significance cannot be challenged. Being the most important new calibre of the new millennium for IWC - developed in conjunction with several top watchmakers led by the genius of Gunther Blumlien. It may be Portuguese in name but its very German in nature.
If one just looks at the watch clinically by itself on a table or even side by side with other watches including the current Portuguese Auto, the watch somehow does not have any dynamic qualities. Yet when its on the wrist, somehow something happens. It exudes something inexplicable. The austere dial, balance of the two sub dials, the pale cream dial work with gold arabic markers and wonderfully huge hands - together with its curved hexalite crystal - all comes to life by just being on the wrist.
I believe its the design symmetry and balance together with beautiful combination of rose gold case with a pale off white dial and particularly the recognisable arabic markers and sword hands that makes this watch sing.
Now, if only we can get the IWC board to bring back the full Italic print of "International Watch Co"

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