The IWC Portuguese F.A. Jones is a beautifully detailed tribute to Florentine Ariosto Jones, the intrepid American businessman who founded IWC in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1868. With a classical style that calls to mind the age when pocket-watches were king, the IWC Portuguese F.A. Jones makes an elegant yet striking impression on the wrist.
The heart of the IWC Portuguese F.A. Jones is its unique calibre 98290 movement. Conceived by IWC, it bears unique constructive and decorative elements that pay respect to the original “Jones Calibre” family of movements which brought IWC its initial fame. Particularly striking is the characteristic elongated index which extends down from the balance cock, allowing adjustment of the balance beat, which at 18,000 vibrations per hour, is true to its historical predecessor. Intricate damascening covers all visible surfaces of the plates, in the manner of high-grade railroad watches from the 1860’s.
Featuring brushed and polished elements, the classic lines of the 43-mm case are timelessly appealing; the onion-shaped crown, and pomme-style hands are other details unique to the F.A. Jones Portuguese. The IWC Portuguese F.A. Jones is produced in a numbered, limited edition of 3000 pieces in stainless steel, 1000 in 18K rose gold, and only 500 in platinum. For the dedicated collector, or anyone who appreciates the rich early history of IWC, the Portuguese F.A. Jones will become a treasured watch.