Here’s a timepiece to woo admirers of that most imposing of mythical creatures: IWC Schaffhausen has just released the Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon, in honor of the Lunar Year of the Dragon.
Unlike some of the, shall we say, gaudier versions trotted out by other watch manufactures, the Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon retains the clean, classically beautiful lines IWC is renowned for. The slate-grey dial’s appliquéd Arabic numerals, railway-track-style chapter ring and sleek feuille hands harken back to the original design of the first Portuguese manufactured in the 1930s.
A discreet but intricately wrought engraving of a dragon can be found on the rotor, which comes with the in-house 51011 calibre movement with Pellaton winding, seven-day power reserve and a functional date display.
Wrought in rich red gold that pops against a glossy black alligator strap, collectors will have to be resourceful – and lucky – to secure one of these traditionally fortune-bearing dragon-engraved pieces: the model is limited to just 888 specimens worldwide.
If you’re in Singapore, call your dealer or head down to any of the IWC Schaffhausen boutiques, where the Portuguese Automatic Edition Dragon will be available from August 13.