dino does not say something about watches without a well thought out reason.
Anyway, enough blabbering, here is a pic of my new 15400: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
wow. love it.
Haha, yeah. Last spring I dropped into the Vienna shop and the guy made a point to mention it to me a couple times.
Add me to the pro-IWC (and pro-large watch) voices. Something about small watches that makes me think of flared pants and pleated slacks--they just seem old (to me--ymmv of course). I can't get down with U-Boats or those huge Ennebis, but 44-46 mm looks great on non-small wrists to my eye.
Beautiful photo of your 15400 !!! Great choice enjoy it.
As for your comments about the black dial and size of the Portugese watch going better with your clothes, complexion, hair, and long arms...not sure I see that as being exclusive to the Portugese. Most watches are available in white metals with a black dial, hence one would think if you chose any watch in a white metal with a black dial of a reasonable size it will do the trick.
Whether you like the 7 day is a personal choice. There was another poster here that had a lovely time only version that I find far more attractive. I like watches that do more than just tell time and have other functions, but for me the subdials and date window detract from the 7 day...but thats my 2 cents.
In the end buy what makes you smile and you will never go wrong.
Thanks Stitchy! Although, I'm not sure my wife always likes that about me
I always thought that was very interesting part of IWC's history.
As for the Portguese the time only is the only version that I really like. The 7 day is just not at all useful or attractive to me...but thats just my taste. You might love it and if you do you should get one and enjoy it.
I know about IWCs history and they make good quality watches. They are not the only company that has put pocket watch movements into wristwatch cases. In addition, several companies made oversized watches for WWII pilots. Over the years there have been exceptions to small sized watch from several companies, however the bulk of production, even of IWC's production was average to small sized watches. They even shrunk and revised the Ingenueir SL, one of their most iconic designs, down to about 34-35mms in the 80s just to fit in with slim and small watches. So while they are known for making large watches, particularly today, they are far from being above following the trends...even when it meant going smaller.
I have no axe to grind with IWC. As stated earlier, I used to really like their watches and wanted one. Now I struggle to find a model from them that I really want to buy, and overall when one starts to consider prices and where some of theirs have gone, I think JLC produces a higher quality watch for similar money. Just my 2 cents.