Pocket watch “Skarabaeus” IWC, 1981, IWC Schaffhausen
Mechanical movement with calibre 982 F (F for Fuchs), comprising 161 components. The movement is based on an original shape that has been manufactured by IWC since 1930 and over the years has constantly been adapted to the latest developments in the art of watchmaking. Nivarox 1-grade Breguet spring, 19 ruby jewels, swan neck micrometre and balance wheel ring made from Glucydur, an alloy of copper, beryllium and iron, which is non-magnetic and non-oxidising. Case number 2300435, movement number 2358549, serial number 35/2500. Gold-plated semi-relief hand engraving on the bridge and plate. This hand engraving, which took three days to complete, makes each object a unique piece. IWC original certificate.
The watch is accompanied by a wooden box, fashioned from an over 400-year-old rootstock of a walnut tree that originated in a parish garden in the Eifel region of Germany. The “Skarabaeus” savonette was developed in a complex collaboration with the Austrian artist, Ernst Fuchs, the Venturi arte bronze foundry in Bologna, Huguenin Médailleurs from Le Locle and IWC Schaffhausen, and produced in a limited edition. The front of the pocket watch is adorned with a Scarabaeus, or dung beetle. This is considered by the Egyptians to be a symbol of eternal reincarnation; in addition, the ball of dung that it is forming around its egg signifies the sun. With its iridescent spectral colours, it also symbolises the essence of the day. On opening the spring cover, the dial appears as a shining solar disc, also embodying the day. In contrast, the back of the watch represents the night, with a reflecting moon in the centre surrounded by shining stars.