In order to celebrate the inauguration of a third Italian IWC boutique in Milan, (after Rome and Venice) the Swiss watch brand has issued a limited edition of their Portugieser model line, titled the: “Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante ‘Boutique Milano’ Edition”. And it may quite possibly be the most, or at least one of the most stylish Portugieser now available on the market.
One of the most iconic Portugieser models made by IWC Schaffhausen and specifically sought out by collectors was a 300-piece limited edition, also made for the Italian market in 2006, which featured a complicated split-seconds movement.
But, after 10 years of it being out of production, the wait has come to an end with the arrival of this new limited edition, it’s the return of the “Split-Seconds Portugieser”!
What also made it such a memorable timepiece was having been conceived by Richard Habring. For those not in the know, Richard Habring was responsible for crafting the “IWC Portuguese Split Second (Ref#: 3712)” back in the 1990’s. Thanks to him the “rattrapante” complication was now possible of being industrialized and mass-produced for a lower price. This allowed IWC to introduce the “Doppelchrono” and grant Habring a page in the horology history books. Now 20 years later it is resurrected with almost no modification, except for the addition of a tachy/telemeter scale and a distinct color scheme. For those interested in more creations by Richard Habring, visit his own brand: Habring2.
The 41mm round case is made of 18k rose gold, featuring a screw-in crown, two pushers on the right-side and a third pusher to operate the rattrapante on the left-side near the 10 o’clock position. The solid caseback on this piece exhibits an inscription of the limited edition “01/100” and the “Biscione” insignia, which represents the grass snake of the Milanese Visconti family. This symbol and emblem of the city, reinforces this watches connection with Milan.
This gorgeous blue dial exhibits 18k red gold Arabic numerals and hands, be it the central ones or the ones on the sub-dials. It also features a tachymetric and telemetric scale, which can be used to calculate the distance of an event, such as lightning, by timing the interval between when the lightning was seen and its sound heard.
This watch features the characteristic third button for the rattrapante mechanism. Because unlike a standard chronograph, the rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph has two hands that start simultaneously. But, the rattrapante hand, which is superimposed on the stopwatch, can be stopped independently using this third button located at the 10 o’clock position, while the stopwatch hand continues. This enables a user to record two separate times in simultaneous. And if the third button is pushed again, the split-seconds hand instantaneously meets and is synchronized with the other hand.
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante ‘Boutique Milano’ Edition”
This “IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante ‘Boutique Milano’ Edition” (Ref#: 371215) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 76240 with 31 jewels and 28,800 vph. Also features a rattrapante movement developed by Richard Habring. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 48 hours and water-resistance can reach up to 30m (98 feet). Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap with a pin buckle.
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