To celebrate the Lunar Year of the Dragon (2012), the legendary Swiss watch manufacturing house IWC Schaffhausen created the Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon timepiece that features a dragon engraving on the rotor. The strongly symbolic design of this timelessly elegant watch is paired with an outstanding movement that includes Pellaton winding, a 7-day power reserve and date display.
The Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year in red gold is limited to 888 pieces worldwide and available exclusively from selected IWC retailers.
Since its debut in 2004, the Portuguese Automatic with date display has established itself as one of the most successful Portuguese models ever to leave Schaffhausen. The balanced design of the dial with its appliquéd Arabic numerals, railway-track-style chapter ring and slender feuille hands retains the classic appeal of the legendary original Portuguese first manufactured in the 1930s.
Even the slightest modification to this model’s heritage has to be clearly thought through and meticulously researched. This was particularly important in the case of the Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year. For the colour combination, IWC’s watch designers selected classic black as the symbol of eternity, and precious gold as the hallmark of the successful generation currently influencing China’s fortunes.
The case, made of 18-carat red gold, is combined with a black alligator leather strap, a slate-coloured dial with twinkling sun-pattern finish and red gold numerals, hands and hour indices. Thanks to its stylish combination of individual elements, the watch radiates a consummate beauty. The small seconds at “9 o’clock” and the power reserve display as its optical counterpoise at “3 o’clock” give the dial a harmonious balance – classical, elegant and immediately unmistakable.
The solid, convex sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides and protects the watch from the stresses and strains of everyday use. The diameter of the case is 42.3 millimetres, the height of the case 14 millimetres. The compact dimensions, the clear lines and the distinctive design put the watch in a class of its own.
The classical, large dimensions of the case house the voluminous IWC-manufactured 51011 calibre. It features some of the greatest advances ever made in the development of the automatic movement: highly efficient Pellaton winding, a 7-day power reserve and the date display. The see-through sapphire-glass back provides a fascinating view of the unique mechanism at the heart of the Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year. Set into the rotor is an 18-carat gold medallion with an uncannily lifelike engraving of a dragon, a magical depiction of the energy and resolve ascribed to this sign of the zodiac.
The engraving “DRAGON YEAR – ONE OUT OF 888” makes it crystal-clear that this elegant watch is intended for a very small group of individuals. The Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon Year in red gold is available exclusively from selected IWC retailers. The size of the limited edition was determined by the symbolism attached to Chinese numerals, which associates the number 888 with sustained riches and good fortune.
Mechanical movement, Pellaton automatic winding, 7-day power reserve, date display, power reserve display, small hacking seconds, Breguet spring, rotor with 18-carat gold medallion with dragon engraving. Limited to 888 watches worldwide, available exclusively from selected IWC retailers.
Frequency 21,600 A/h / 3 Hz
Power reserve 7 days (168 h)
Materials case and folding clasp in 18-carat red gold, slate-coloured dial, black alligator leather strap
Glass sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Back see-through sapphire-glass back
Water-resistant 3 bar
Diameter 42.3 mm
Case height 14 mm