IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater Squelette (Skeleton) Limited Edition (2004)
The official blog of IWC recently published a nice article on the manufacture’s masterful Minute Repeater. The current IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater (Ref 5449) comes in either Red Gold ($93,000) or Platinum ($116,000), with a limited edition of only 500 of each.
IWC’s repeater mechanism consists of 200 parts, one of which solely ensures that the chimes are struck only when the repeating slide is fully engaged.
Below is a link to the IWC blog article — including a brief history of the development of the grand complication, along with photos and links of historical and current models.
Check it out on the IWC Blog: New Levels of Innovation: The Minute Repeater.
Thanks, IWC, for sharing some perspective on your great minute repeater.
The first Portuguese Minute Repeater