Portuguese watches Grande Complication

The vision of Florentine Ariosto Jones, a watchmaker and engineer, led to the establishment of this prestigious watch house. His idea was to combine the mechanical precision with the modern and antique, aesthetical distinction of Switzerland. His objective is to create high-quality horological wonders for the connoisseurs.

It has created timeless classics that impressed even the finickiest customers. It has expanded mechanical functions that put them to the list of the most coveted complications in a watch.

Limited Edition – Rare and Exclusive

The crown jewel of the IWC’s Portuguese Family, is this watch. The IWC makes sure that this grand watch is an exclusive piece. Only 100 watches are made per year: 50 in red gold and the other 50 in platinum. The timepiece attains the status of a collectible because of its limited availability.

Another reason behind the limited number of these luxury watches is the number of hours that experts need to put in to create every single component both on the inside and the outside. Even the strap is hand worked to perfection!

The Dial – The Face it Presents

The first thing that captures the attention is the engraving of the world on the silver-plated dial. The intricacy with which the latitudes and longitudes of the globe are carved on the dial is proof of the craftsmanship involved.

Just turn the dial around and you would find another beautiful engraving of the sextant – another must-have for mariners. This is another sign that this classic timepiece belongs to the Portuguese Family crafted by the IWC. The arched edge, the elaborate design and the elegant material epitomize the world-class aesthetic the watch house is famous for.

The case of the Grande Complication comes in two variants – red gold and platinum. The sapphire glass and the anti-reflective coat ensure protection of the details on the dial. It also has 75 jewels.

The Strap

Alligator leather straps are used for this watch. To ensure that the leather for the straps is not from any endangered species, the IWC sources the raw materials from licensed US farms.

The strap is from black alligator leather, seamed with platinum thread, set off the smooth platinum case. The beauty of the red gold case it’s evident because if the dark brown alligator leather, stitched with 18 karat red gold thread.

What makes the strap even more amazing to watch and attractive is that it is hand-stitched by the master craftsmen at the watch house! Every watch becomes individual because the straps are created by the human hand and two pieces will never be the same!


The self-winding Grande Complication has a 44-hour reserve of power when fully wound. Its mechanical chronograph movement and its stopwatch function, that includes hours, minutes and even seconds, is only the first hint of its amazing mechanisms.

Also the perpetual calendar is incorporated in this watch. The date, day, month and year and the moon phases are on display on the dial.

You can understand the complicacy of the mechanism when you check out the time it took to create it – 50,000 hours!

The identity of the Portuguese Grande Complication watch is in its brilliant blend of beauty and mechanism. No luxury watch collection is complete without this piece, especially if you admire and appreciate the timepieces for explorers and navigators.

Post by Amandio Pereira

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