IWC may have been all about the revamped Da Vinci series at SIHH earlier this year, but the Schaffhausen-based brand has issued a few reminders since then that it’s not ignoring its other popular watch collections in 2017. After the recently rebooting the Ingenieur at Goodwood in England, IWC has released a revised version of its Portugieser Chronograph Classic model.
The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic, launched in 2013, is the third chronograph to join the prestigious Portugieser collection, which was established in the 1930s and derived its name from the Portuguese businessmen whose special request for a wristwatch as precise as a marine chronometer inspired its creation.
The updates from that 2013 model are subtle but significant: the new railway track chapter ring, now minus the subdivisions for the seconds, looks cleaner than its predecessor, and the new convex sapphire crystal over the dial adds to the overall elegant silhouette of the watch.
Like the outgoing model, this watch is powered by the self-winding IWC in-house Caliber 89361. It has a power reserve of 68 hours, an integrated chronograph with a flyback function, along with small hacking seconds and a date display. The chronograph readout on the dial is designed for maximum legibility: elapsed hours and minutes are displayed together on the subdial at 12 o’clock. The 6 o’clock subdial displays the running seconds, and the date is in a window at 3 o’clock.
The case measures 42 mm in diameter and is water-resistant to 30 meters. IWC is offering three versions of the redesigned Portugieser Chronograph Classic: one in an 18k rose gold case and silver-plated dial, with golden hands and appliqués, on a brown alligator leather strap ($20,100); and two models in stainless steel cases with black alligator straps.
One has a silver-plated dial with blued hands and appliqués, while the other has a midnight blue dial and rhodium plated hands and appliqués. Both steel models are priced at $12,100.