IWC Portuguese Chronograph - Perfection Lies in the Detail

Feb 05, 2010
The IWC Portuguese Chronograph watch has enjoyed continuous success since the day it was introduced over ten years ago. The timepiece, created as a classic automatic chronograph, has been one of the most highly appreciated members of the Portuguese family. This year, IWC Schaffhausen is pleased to introduce two new models of the Portuguese Chronograph. The new timepieces are sculptured in warm red gold.

The first Portuguese Chronograph boasted a newly designed 30-meter water-resistant case. The watch with a powerful sporting appeal was remarkably suited for everyday use. Moreover, it inherited the signature elegance of the Portuguese design. The case of the timepiece, created as a mens watch, measured 40.9 mm in diameter and suited perfectly a female wrist as well.

The Portuguese Chronograph has already been created in a variety of case materials and dial variations.

The IWC watch provides outstanding timekeeping accuracy as it allows to record short time intervals with one-eighth of a second precision on the circumferential precision scale with help of the seconds stop hand.

The clear dial of the IWC watch, completed with applique Arabic numerals, nicely integrates the chronograph function presented via a 30-minute counter and a small seconds sub-dial. The dial fascinates the eye by its well-balanced design. The feuille hour and minute hands, the signature feature of the Portuguese family, are worth special attention. The slender minute hand reaches precisely the circle of minute dots.

The case of the Portuguese Chronograph is characterized by perfect proportionality. The case construction incorporates a chunky crown and the distinctive chronograph buttons, as well as convex sapphire glass, provided with antireflective coating on both sides.

The latest red gold interpretations of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph watch boast an even warmer hue and further enhanced aesthetic refinement.

The slate dial is presented with two subtly contrasting sub-dials in deep black. The highly-appealing look is accentuated by red gold-plated hands and the appliques in solid red gold. This variation of the IWC watch has been available starting with autumn 2009.

The second latest interpretation of the Portuguese Chronograph, also in 18K red gold, demonstrates a bright silver-plated dial, also completed with red gold-plated hands and solid red gold appliques. The chronograph hands are blued for at a-glance identification of the chronograph functions.

The new versions of the IWC Portuguese Chronograph watch are animated by a mechanical chronograph with automatic winding movement, beating at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The 31-jewel movement offers a 44-power reserve.

The timepieces, reviewed by, are presented on a black alligator leather strap or a dark brown alligator leather strap, fitted with a pin buckle in 18K red gold.

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