It might seem impossible to improve on IWC’s timeless designs and horological prowess, but watch aficionados still swooned when the famed Swiss watchmaker put new spins on two of its well-loved timepieces.
ICON: PORTUGUESE CHRONOGRAPH CLASSIC
Since its debut over 70 years ago, IWC’s Portuguese collection has been synonymous with timeless elegance and horological perfection. Their first Portuguese watch, made in 1939, was inspired by the precision of nautical instruments once used by navigators to discover the world, and came fitted with a pocket-watch movement. The Portuguese has become a firm favourite amongst watch lovers who appreciate its sheer size, precision and complex mechanics.
The third and latest chronograph member of the Portuguese dynasty – the Portuguese Chronograph Classic – preserves the identity and heritage of the legendary original from the 1930s, but features a larger case, thicker lugs and sporty red accents on the dial. Adding to its robust design are a date window and thick hands with a dark- coloured strip bisecting them, as well as a unique railway-track chapter ring.
Besides the exterior sprucing-up, the movement also sees some superb upgrading. It boasts IWC’s in-house Calibre 89361 automatic chronograph, which uses the upper dial to indicate both minutes and hours (with two hands), allowing it to measure up to 12 hours. The inhouse calibre also has an improved power reserve of 68 hours.
Available in steel or 18K rose gold with a silver-plated or ardoise dial and a case-fitted Santoni alligator strap, the Portuguese Chronograph Classic is worth a place in your collection if you’re a fan of the classics.
Portuguese Chronograph ClassClassic 18K rose gold case, ardoise dial dia and Santoni alligator strap