Factors In A Watch
There are many things I consider when choosing what watch I will wear. Among these factors, I like to consider the movement housed within; I am in no way turned off by non-in house movements, but it is nice bonus when the mechanics were developed by the same folks who put the rest of the watch together.
Another important factor I look at, which is probably the most important to me, is aesthetics. I like my watches to be clean, and to be more classical in styling, rather than modern. Attention to detail is a must. For example, physically applied markers are more desirable than stamped; hand painted is of course more than acceptable as well. I like my watches to be crafted in gold; titanium, ceramic, and the other wide array of wild materials being used today don’t interest me as much.
Sizing is the next factor. I do not have a large wrist, so I have been (thankfully) spared from the 46-48mm trend currently taking place. I normally wear a 36mm Rolex; however I have also owned watches in the 40-42mm range. A well designed watch, with proper proportions is not the easiest thing to find.
I have always admired the IWC Portuguese 7 Day. I love the balanced simplicity of the dial coupled with the rather large exhibition case back. Recently, I have been wearing this watch and have enjoyed it greatly. Looking it over, it meets the requirements that I look for: the dial is clean and comes standard with hand applied markers, the movement is in-house, and this one in particular is a stunning shade of rose gold. What more could you want?
While the 42mm case is on the thicker side at about 15mm, it still fits nicely on my wrist when I’m wearing a dress shirt or a t-shirt. I would also like to state that the dial is extremely easy to read. Even in dim lighting, the silver dial is easy to read with the gold numbers. The 7-day power reserve lends itself greatly to being able to wear different watches but then not having to worry about re-setting the date and time. The power reserve indicator is a great feature I feel like most watches should include. For me, it makes me feel connected to the watch as I wind it or watch the reserve deplete during the day.
Wearing a solid gold watch does require some adjusting to, but this one has been very easy to wear. The watch is complemented by a wonderful brown strap which lends itself very well to casual wear on the weekends. With a suit however, the warm rose gold case comes out beautifully to impress those who ask you for the time. Even on my slim wrist, the gold deployment stays level and balances the watch perfectly. I find myself staring at it throughout the day, looking at all the nuances in the dial and movement. Available in a variety of configurations, this piece starts around $13,000 and is a must have for any seasoned collector.
Movement: IWC in-house 52010 calibre
Functions: Power Reserve, Hours, Minutes, and Small Seconds.
Case and bracelet: 18k Rose Gold, exhibition case back
Dial and hands: Silver Dial, Rose Gold Hands