IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

IWC Schaffhausen presents the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia, the most exclusive and complicated watch ever created by IWC. After ten years of intensive research, the Swiss watch manufacturer has succeeded in combining solar time with sidereal time in a single watch.

“The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia is a universal work of art and the result of ten years’ research by a team of engineers, watchmakers and scientists,” explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. “They have succeeded in combining solar time and sidereal time on a single dial. From the front, this fascinating masterpiece is a classical Portuguese watch, from the reverse side an astronomical instrument and, on the inside, a milestone in the art of Haute Horlogerie.” But perhaps even more fascinating than the number and combination of the complications is the notion that every single watch is unmistakably unique. The patented constant-force tourbillon is the most conspicuous feature. The tiny space on the reverse side accommodates a celestial chart, horizon, geographical coordinates, solar time, sidereal time, sunrise and sunset display as well as a display showing daytime, night-time and twilight.

Also not to be forgotten is a completely integrated perpetual calendar behind the display

showing the number of the day. The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia combines the romanticism of the night sky with science at the cutting edge, while combining complex watchmaking technology with unbelievably simple operation and a craftsman’s love of detail with forward-thinking vision. For all its precision and attention to detail, the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia watch is eminently suitable for everyday use: it is waterresistant to 3 bar and, considering that the mechanism is so delicate, astonishingly impervious to schocks.

Every watch is unique The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia will not go into series production. Every single watch will be produced exclusively to order by the customer and is an individual project in itself. Since the star chart and horizon as well as sunrise and sunset times have to be calculated and displayed for a precise location specified by the customer, individual mechanical parts have to be custom-manufactured, then assembled and adjusted individually. This means that every customer is not only wearing a unique watch on his wrist but also his own personalised constellation of stars, as seen in the night sky from the location of his choice. With the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia timepiece, individuality is of the utmost importance. As part of a special service, customers can design their own precious watches within the limits set by IWC’s design philosophy. The range of case and strap materials, together with the choice of five diferente colours for the dial as well as various colours.

IWC Schaffhausen launches the night sky for your wrist Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia for the appliqués and straps, results in over 200 possible combinations. In view of this individuality and the highly demanding design work involved, buyers will have to wait approximately one year for delivery.

More than 600.000 euros...

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