If you go to the Geneva Watch Fair earlier this year, you will definitely see a very special ‘time machine’ in the IWC exhibition hall. It is located in the most prominent hall of the exhibition hall. position. This ‘time machine’ is composed of four large circular digital dials, which rotate to form the string of 1868. This is also the time of the creation of IWC, which has a history of 150 years.
Why did IWC build such a strange ‘time machine’ to show its founding time?
As early as 1883, the clockmaker Josef Pallweber of Salzburg came up with a very interesting time display structure. It replaces the hour and minute hands with a disc written with numbers. The hours and minutes constitute a digital display by rotating these discs. The movement controls the disc and hides it under the dial. The digital display of time is displayed through the window of the dial.
This unique digital time-hopping system display method was very advanced at the time, not only simple and clear in reading, but also very interesting. In 1884, it attracted the attention of Pioneer Watches IWC. In the end, IWC and Joseph Poweber launched the first digital time-lapse pocket watch in the history of IWC-Pallweber.
The unique display method of Powell Parker pocket watch is quite avant-garde design even if it is viewed from the current perspective. Of course, it has been very popular since its launch and is exported to all countries in the world. This is not empty words, we can look at the report below.
In an antique market in China in 1968, a Pallweber III pocket watch in Chinese Han Xian time was found. It was originally sold to China in the Qing Dynasty in 1887. I have reviewed some historical materials. IWC has launched the Qing Dynasty customized Powell Parker pocket watch with Chinese numerals. Powell Parker has introduced three generations of gears based on changes in its internal movement gears. Eventually discontinued in 1890, in just six years, a total of about 20,000 Beauvais pocket watches were manufactured in Schaffhausen.
This year, at the 150th anniversary of the founding of IWC, this pioneering pocket watch in the history of IWC was given a new life. IWC introduced the 150th Anniversary Special Edition of the “Pallweber”, featuring the same time-of-day digital display as previous pocket watches.
It sounds easy to reproduce a former function. However, there is a huge problem for ‘Poweber’, which is the problem of power reserve. At that time, the main reason for the suspension of Powell Parker’s pocket watches was that ‘digital jumping’ had extremely high requirements on power reserve, and the technology at the time could not solve this problem. This time, the technical team of IWC challenged this problem.
IWC’s engineers have developed an exclusive new solution, which is different from Pallweber pocket watch discs driven by open gear, the new model 94200 on the 150th Anniversary Special Edition of ‘Pallweber’ The self-produced movement adopts a dual barrel structure. The minute and hour display disk is powered by a separate wheel train system of a barrel. The power of the separate wheel train system of the display disk does not affect the conventional wheel train system, so it can Ensures precise 4 Hz operation and provides a power reserve of up to 60 hours.
In the design of this watch, this ‘tribute to Pallweber (Pallweber)’ special edition watch is reproduced in place, even more remarkable is the watch case with four curved lugs, this is the original The lug style used at birth was minimalistic and expressive.
45mm case of the new ‘Pallweber’ 150th Anniversary Special Edition watch, in platinum, red gold and stainless steel, with 12 high-quality lacquered dials in blue and white, platinum Limited to 25 pieces, limited to 250 pieces in red gold and 500 pieces in stainless steel. I wore real objects at the Geneva Watch Fair. The dial is comparable to the enamel dial, the face value is very positive, and the word jump display is quite interesting. In addition, the number of limited editions is really small, and each country has no points.