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IWC - Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton

IWC presented the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton (ref. IW394008). Price: €165,000
Designed in collaboration with the seven-time Formula One world champion and IWC brand ambassador, the new IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton combines a sophisticated flying minute tourbillon with a chronograph function and a retrograde date display.

Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton

A limited edition of only 44 pieces, the number Hamilton has raced with since the beginning of his career, the watch comes in a 43.5 mm x 15.9 mm platinum case offering water resistance to 30 metres / 100 feet.

The teal-coloured dial with rhodium-plated hands and appliques is protected by a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides and enriched by 12 sparkling diamonds.

Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton

 The chronograph and retrograde date displays are slightly recessed and positioned at 12 o’clock and 9 o’clock, respectively. The  seven-time F1 world champions’s logo, resembling a panther’s eyes, appears at 3 o’clock.

Increasing the watch’s accuracy by reducing the influence of gravity on the oscillating system, the flying tourbillon - a balance wheel rotating around its axis in a small cage - prominently appears at 6 o’clock. It consists of 56 individual parts for a total weight of only 0.675 grams.

Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton

Thanks to the integrated tourbillon stop, the delicate mechanism can be brought to a complete halt, allowing the wearer to set the time with down-to-the-second accuracy. 

The Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph is powered by the IWC-manufactured 89900 calibre operating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour).

IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton

 The pallet lever and escape wheel are made of silicone and feature a diamond coating. This so-called Diamond Shell technology reduces friction and improves the flow of energy in the movement, contributing to a power reserve of 68 hours. The movement components such as the bridges are gold-plated and can be admired through the sapphire glass back. 

This marks the first time IWC has produced a gold-plated movement since the legendary 'Il Destriero Scafusia' from 1993.

Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton

The third timepiece designed in a collaboration with Lewis Hamilton, the IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton (ref. IW394008) has a retail price of Euro 165,000. iwc.com 

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IWC presented the Portugieser Tourbillon Rétrograde Chronograph Lewis Hamilton (ref. IW394008). Price: €165,000
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