Text by Alexandre Ghotbi, photos by Alberto Schileo
© April 2006 by Alberto Schileo, Alexandre Ghotbi and ThePuristS.com
My apologies for the quality of these pictures - I realised only in post-processing that a camera setting had slipped during what was a very rushed shoot!
International Watch Company
Nothing really new from IWC other than reinterpretations of existing models, with a new slate grey dial for the white gold Portuguese models as well as a new dial and hands for the Pilotís and Spitfire models. 3 new Portuguese Minute Repeaters were presented with beautiful dials in platinum (limited to 100 pieces) and in RG and WG (250 pieces each).
A new Portuguese perpetual calendar in the case of the 5000 with a simple moonphase display (as opposed to the Northern and Southern hemispheres) which is quite attractive with its slate grey dial (limited to 250 pieces).
This year also saw the introduction of a Double Chronograph in ceramic (limited to 1000 pieces) with titanium pushers. The black case gives the watch a very professional tool look.
Among this yearís highlights was the special Saint Exupery Tribute models consisting of the IWCís automatic chronograph model but with a special dial, the authorís profile engraved in the back and limited to 1931 (year of publication of Night Flight) pieces in steel, WG, RG and a unique platinum piece which shall be auctioned and the proceeds given to charity.
ďThatís all folksĒ as they say. I hope you enjoyed this pictorial journey as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. The 2006 fairs really showed two aspects of watchmaking which are parting ways in a more clear manner: traditional watchmaking directly descendant of the 18th century and a more modern path with just as much horology and craftsmanship but with original (even eccentric) design experiments, new materials and a different approach to telling time. In the long run itís a great situation for customers who will have a wider choice and who will no longer need to chose between horology and design.