A single piece of an iconic model isn’t enough for these collectors.
IWC holds a special place in the watch collection of veteran enthusiast Cheng Shing Chow, who owns 21 pieces by the brand. Among these, five hail from the brand’s Yacht Club family: Yacht Club I (YC1) and Yacht Club II (YC2) models from the 1970s in two designs each, and a Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph from recent years.
Cheng explains why this sports series was a major milestone for the brand. “The YC1 was part of the post-quartz revival of IWC. Most YC1s bear Calibre 85, an automatic movement by IWC’s post-war technical director, Albert Pellaton. The movement and its variants kept up with the times when many watch brands were striving to create automatic movements.”
It is the octagonal YC2, however, that means the most to the private investor, and not just because it bears the influence of the late IWC Ingenieur designer, Gerald Genta. Powered by a mechanical movement instead of the quartz movements mostly used for YC2s then, the rare vintage find was sold to him by a young German whose late grandfather had owned the watch. Says Cheng: “The grandson has become a Facebook friend, and he sometimes comments when he sees a picture of his granddad’s watch on my wrist. I have assured him that his grandfather’s watch is in good hands.”