IWC Schaffhausen introduces a new Portugieser Automatic 40 Edition, “Chinese New Year,” to commemorate the start of the Year of the Water Rabbit. The striking burgundy dial, gold-plated hands, and appliques of this classic and elegant Portugieser stand out in the 40-millimeter stainless steel case. The automated winding mechanism’s gold-plated oscillating weight, shaped like a rabbit, is one of the watch’s hidden highlights.
IWC Honors The Year of the Water Rabbit
IWC Schaffhausen celebrates the Chinese New Year with a limited edition in keeping with a respected tradition. The Year of the Water Rabbit begins on January 22, 2023, and lasts through February 9, 2024. Of the twelve animals shown in the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit is regarded as the luckiest. People with this zodiac sign are known to be calm, kind, and serene.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Chinese New Year with a special timepiece. The Portugieser Automatic 40 brings back the clean and crisp design of the first Portugieser from 1939, which was also a Rabbit Year. With its timelessly modern and classic design, this limited edition perfectly represents the calm and peacefulness we associate with this zodiac animal”, says Peter Lao, Managing Director of IWC Schaffhausen Mainland China.
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The IWC Portugieser Automatic 40 Edition “Chinese New Year”
With a 40 mm stainless steel case, a burgundy dial, and gold-plated hands and appliques, the Portugieser Automatic 40 Edition “Chinese New Year” (Ref. IW358315) is a 500-piece limited-edition timepiece celebrating the lunar new year. A lovely twist on the traditional Chinese New Year color red, burgundy is a sophisticated alternative to the fiery hue. Life, joy, and achievement are all represented by the color red. People also think it will bring them luck.
The rabbit-shaped gold rotor, which can be seen through the sapphire case back, is a real show-stopper. The IWC-manufactured 82200 caliber features an automatic Pellaton winding system with 60 hours of power reserve. Additionally, the engraving “2023 YEAR OF THE RABBIT” is visible on the case back outer rim. Two calfskin straps are included with the Portugieser Automatic 40 Edition “Chinese New Year”: one in black and the other in burgundy.
Price & Availability
The Portugieser Automatic 40 Edition “Chinese New Year” is now on sale at the IWC Tmall Flagship Store and IWC WeBoutique, and will also be sold through IWC boutiques, select retail partners, and on www.IWC.com. Don’t forget to register your timepiece under the My IWC Care program, which extends your guarantee to six years.
Price: USD 8,450 / CHF 9’850 / EUR 8’750 / GBP 7’400