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IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater

Posted by wristwatch on July 16, 2007

The minute repeater is a brilliant invention from the 17th century and featured in the first pocket watches. The fact that it chimed out the time in tones had immense practical advantages, particularly at night, in an age when there was no electric light. Most of the work in perfecting the mechanism was carried out by Abraham Louis Breguet, who replaced the bells and tiny hammers with a space-saving spring gong. The mystical transformation of a phenomenon as sober and objective as time into a series of gentle tones is still a source of fascination, and of genuine pleasure for watch devotees – even today. The Portuguese Minute Repeater is an outstanding synthesis of old and modern watchmaking technology. Its movement is based on the original 95- calibre pocket watch movement of 1927. The sonorous minute repeating mechanism chimes out the hours, quarters and minutes on two finely tuned gongs.

* Calibre:  95290
* Vibrations:  18 000/h / 2,5 Hz
* Jewels:  54
* Power reserve:  43 h
* Winding:  hand-wound
* Limited edition of 100 watches in platinum, 250 in 18 ct. white gold and 250 in 18 ct. rose gold
* Mechanical movement
* Hand-wound
* Minute repeater
* Small seconds hand with stop function
* Breguet spring
* Sapphire glass back
* Glass:  sapphire, crossed out, antireflective
* Back:  sapphire glass back
* Case diameter:  43 mm
* Case height:  12.3 mm
* Weight: 141g
* Reference IW524204 in platinum with black crocodile leather strap
* Reference IW524205 in 18 ct. white gold with dark brown crocodile leather strap
* Reference IW524202 in 18 ct. rose gold with brown crocodile leather strap



2 Responses to “IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater”

  1. Brooke Lavery said

    Can I please have your best price for a Minute Reader in R/G

  2. Elliott Gabler said

    I’m trying to purchase a nice but affordable used minute repeater wristwatch (Swiss is OK). Or pocket watch style. Is there ANYWHERE I may look for a good used one without having to pay several thousand dollars? I’ve been looking for years (elderly & on a limited fixed income). God Bless, E.G.

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