Tuesday 25 October, 2011 - 12:00 PM EDT
The night sky for your wrist
IWC headquarters in Schaffhausen presented in September 2011 the most complex timepiece created by IWC. According to Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, 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.
After ten years of intensive research, the Swiss watch manufacturer has succeeded in combining solar time with sidereal time in a single watch. 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.
Every Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia is unique because, apart from the personal celestial chart on the back cover, the customer can also choose from a wide range of case materials and dial designs, as well as the colour and material of the wristband. Finally, at the centre, is the night sky. The horizon, engraved in yellow, shows the night sky as the owner himself sees it at a location of his choice. IWC’s engineers use the coordinates of the individual location to calculate the angle of the horizon and then machine the cams which control the sunrise and sunset display.
Movement: hand-wound mechanical. Calibre 94900
Power reserve: 96 hours
Diameter: 46 mm
Case: choice of Platinum, 18K red Gold or 18K White Gold
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Perpetual calendar with leap year display and absolute day of the year; Celestial chart showing horizon, ecliptic and celestial equator; Indication for day, night and twilight; Display for sunrise and sunset; Coordinates of chosen location
Water resistance to 30 meters or 99 feet.
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