A sin­gle piece of an iconic model isn’t enough for these col­lec­tors.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Contents - Cheng Shing Chow

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.”

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