We begin the article with the timepiece that has inspired us to revisit this topic. Cue the wonderful 1:1 fake IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater Ref. IW5242-02.
Swiss made replica IWC UK is known for producing some rather stunning pieces over the years, and the Ref. IW5242-02 is one of such timepieces. The 43mm timepiece, which is the second generation of the perfect fake IWC Portugieser Minute Repeater range, features its signature (yet distinctive) minimalist design, with applique numerals and railway-style minute and seconds track.
Powering the best quality fake IWC is the 54-jewel Caliber 95290, which was inspired by the original Caliber 95 movement that was fitted to the brand’s pocket watches in the 1930s. The finishing is exemplary, with numerous sharp angles on the bridges that are notably more difficult to execute.
There are only 250 examples produced, with production ended in 2009. The AAA replica IWC UK is true to its DNA, but with modern touches that ensures it operates seamlessly in today’s age. There is just something about luxury copy IWC Portugiesers, and the Minute Repeater is perhaps one of the most incredible timepieces from the venerable collection.