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.

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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

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