I am used to swiping the pointer across the board,
Go after time.
‘Jump’ out of fixed thinking,
You will find
The expression of time can be so different.
IWC Special Edition 150th Anniversary “Pallweber”
The new IWC “Pallweber” 150th Anniversary Special Edition watch uses the extremely rare way of displaying time in mechanical watches-using numbers instead of hands to make time read at a glance. At the moment of time-division conversion, the numbers in the dial display window instantly change, and the fun is endless. The panel design can also present a different artistic beauty, not only the simple beauty of the pocket watch, but also the simple modern style, and the digital window conveys the sense of the future of the digital age.
As the name suggests, this watch was inspired by the 19th century brand’s Pallweber digital time-lapse pocket watch. Why did the brand choose Pallweber as its ‘digital face’ in the glorious journey of the brand for a century and a half?
Mystery: The disappearing Beauvais Pocket Watch
Watchmaker Josef Pallweber from Salzburg was not a celebrity at the time. His reputation is far less than that of his fellow music master Mozart and the film work ‘Voice of Music’ born here. An ordinary day in 1883 was given a special meaning because of Joseph Powell’s genius idea-the digital time jump system in the field of watchmaking was born.
IWC Pallweber pocket watch history
The spirit of freedom and innovation advocated by the wave of ideological emancipation that began in the 14th century and nearly 400 years in Europe has provided this craftsman with the most fertile soil for playing with numbers. Fortunately for Joseph Powell, shortly after the birth of the Pallweber digital time-hopping system, Johannes Rauschen-bach-Schenk, then head of IWC Fascinated by this unique time display, he then collaborated with Joseph Powell in 1884. Based on the Pallweber digital time-hopping system, IWC launched the first digital time-hop pocket watch (also known as a ‘skip pocket watch’) in the history of the brand, which opened the door to the Swiss watchmaking industry. ‘Digital Age’.
This 21st-century perspective is quite modern in design, and it was very modern. By the 1890s, about 20,000 Pallweber pocket watches manufactured in Schaffhausen had captured avant-garde watch lovers from all over the world. Orders are even exported to China. IWC launched a special Qing Dynasty model with Chinese numerals, which left an interesting picture: in the watchmaking workshop of Schaffhausen more than 100 years ago, the artisans A Chinese-German digital table with the tip of the pen twistingly outlines the Chinese characters ‘One, Two, Three, and Four’, and feels the mystery of oriental culture in the horizontal and vertical calligraphy.
Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the power reserve of Pallweber pocket watches is relatively low. Although the IWC watch was perfected to the maximum extent at that time, the unsolved problems in the mechanical structure made this digital time-lapse pocket watch discontinued around 1890 and disappeared from the public view.
Revealed: Code 94200
More than a century later, the hidden ‘Pallweber Pocket Watch’ appeared in the IWC showroom of the 2018 SIHH Geneva Haute Horlogerie. It seems to be driving a ‘super time machine’, jumping over time and space, and attracting attention as a freshman.
This is not only an inheritance, but also an innovation. The extremely high requirements of ‘digital jumping time’ for power have launched unprecedented challenges to the technical team of IWC today. The new 94200 self-made movement developed over five years has provided wonderful answers to Pallweber’s problems, taking into account the stringent requirements of modern fine watchmaking for quality, accuracy and durability, achieving Breakthroughs in technology.
IWC 2018 Super Time Machine and Watchmaker in SIHH Showroom
In order to create IWC’s 94200 self-made movement, watch engineers have developed a set of exclusive new solutions (among which three patents are pending) to carry extremely demanding digital displays. Unlike traditional Pallweber pocket watch discs, which are driven by open gear, the one-minute disc of the 94200 movement is powered by a separate wheel train system with a proprietary barrel. The release mechanism connected to the watch’s own wheel train system releases every 60 seconds and then re-locks. After every 10 minutes, the one-minute disc will drive the ten-minute disc to switch to the next position. Every 60 minutes, the hour dial jumps to the next hour number. The power of the display wheel’s separate wheel train system does not affect the conventional wheel train system, so it can ensure precise operation at 4 Hz and provide a power reserve of up to 60 hours.
IWC 94200 homemade movement
Just like the Pallweber pocket watch of that year, the display dial is connected to the star gear through a coupling gear train, and can be easily dialed back and forth through the crown. The gear train is calculated and built with advanced methods and fully tested in the watch factory’s independent laboratory, which can significantly reduce the obvious frictional energy loss, thereby ensuring that the digital display can be switched perfectly regardless of the state of the watch.
IWC “Pallweber” 150th Anniversary Special Edition Pocket Watch
The new special tribute to Pallweber (Pallweber) special edition timepieces, highlights the great focus of the craftsman’s low-key focus and creativity, and IWC’s relentless pursuit of fine watchmaking craftsmanship and unique insights on avant-garde design.
This jumping number not only means that IWC has stepped into a new era, but also echoes the brand’s declaration of time with the brand in mind and the pursuit of the ultimate. In 150 years, IWC’s exploration and innovation of fine watchmaking technology has never stopped. The future is from 1868.