Once again the Portugieser, once referred to as the Portuguese model line is being brought back by the IWC Schaffhausen. This new model has some slight modifications and comes in three new color-schemes.
We can still remember when the new moniker “Portugieser” began to be implemented, back when IWC released their first Portuguese model with a calendar, the “Portugieser Annual Calendar” (Ref#: IW50350-1). Other special editions we’ve covered in the past in our blog include the: “IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chrono Boesch Edition” (Ref#: IW390504), the gorgeous “IWC Portugieser Chrono Rattrapante Boutique Milano Edition” (Ref#: 371215) or the unique founder inspired “IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound D.H. Craig US” (Ref#: IW546306).
The case for this watch can be had in either: 18k red gold or stainless-steel and both come with a transparent case-back that allows to view the inner workings of the movement. There are two push-pieces to activate the chronograph functions, with a winding crown in between them. Also has some nice wide lungs which assist in providing a nice fit. Topped over by an arched-edge front sapphire crystal with anti-reflective glare on both sides, that helps provide a balanced appearance to this classic timepiece. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 30 meters (96 feet).
Time is exhibited on either a: silver-plated dial or a blue; both with Arabic numerals and a rail-road minute track ring, circling around the dial. There are two sub-dials: a sub-seconds is at the 6 o’clock position and a 12 o’clock totalizer (that combines hour and minute counters) at the 12 o’clock position. This totalizer equals having a watch-within-a-watch by including those two hands in its midst. Also features a date-aperture at the 3 o’clock position. The numerals are made of the same material of its corresponding case, either stainless-steel or 18k red gold.
But, one of the main features on this particular timepiece is its new in-house IWC mechanical movement. It is the successor of the 89360-caliber, which has now been completely designed and manufactured by IWC in their origin town of Schaffhausen. Its conception and production kept the IWC development team busy for 4 full years. And all that effort has resulted in a revolutionary chronograph display that allows the user to read off even long periods of stopped times, all with a simple glance.
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic
This “IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic” (References below) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 89361 with 38 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 68 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is either a black or brown alligator leather strap with large scale squares and secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel or 18k red gold deployment buckle, matching the case material of that version.
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