IWC Portugieser Chronograph iN 2024

During Watches & Wonders 2024, IWC has opted to shine the spotlight solely on the Portugieser, a collection inspired by 1930s pocket watches, offering an abundance of complications, sizes, metals, and colors. Among the unveiled releases are three fresh iterations of the beloved IWC Portugieser Chronograph, now featuring Horizon Blue, Obsidian, and Dune dials.The 41mm case with a height of 13mm is available in either stainless-steel, 18k white gold, or 18k yellow gold, all with a polished surface and contrasting brushed case sides finish.
Mounted to the cases are very thin bezels with an equally mirror-like polished finish.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition caseback that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. It showcases several jewels, gold gears, an oscillating weight decorated with an IWC medallion, plus a Côtes de Genève finish.They come equipped with two piston style pushers to operate the chronograph functions, while in-between them is a knurled setting crown embossed with the IWC logo. The case design closely resembles that of the "Portugieser Automatic" but is scaled down to a smaller size, offering a more refined and wearable profile. All topped by a convex sapphire glass with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. Water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).The selection of these three new dial shades aim to capture various moments and moods of both day and night. Horizon Blue, encased in 18k white gold, embodies the clear skies of early afternoon. The Dune (sparkling beige) variant, matched with a stainless steel case, evokes the late afternoon, particularly the enchanting golden hour. While the Obsidian (black) option, accompanied by an 18k yellow gold case, represents the darkness of night illuminated by the inviting glow of city lights.There are two sub-dials with a snailed interior: a hacking small-seconds at 6 o’clock, and a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock. Crafting these dials is a meticulous process. It begins with adding a sunburst finish to the brass bases, followed by applying the chosen colors and meticulously layering on 15 coats of transparent lacquer. The surface undergoes meticulous fine-grinding and polishing to achieve the desired high-gloss finish. Subsequently, the duo of counters, positioned traditionally at 6 and 12 o'clock, are meticulously milled into the lacquered brass canvas. They are then printed with their respective scales, chronograph minutes at the top and small (hacking) seconds at the bottom. Finally, the signature applied Arabic numerals are delicately positioned around the periphery of the dial. According to IWC, this intricate process entails 60 precise steps to manufacture each dial. Finally the central feuille-style hands provide a subtle yet striking contrast to the conventional hands featured on the adjacent sub-dials.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph iN 2024

The “IWC Portugieser Chronograph” (References below) are powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 69355 with 27 jewels, 212 components, and 28,800 Vph. This caliber version doesn’t include an hour totalizer or a date window. Power reserve can last up to 46 hours, when fully wound.Each of these new models for 2024 are accompanied by a calfskin strap from Santoni. The Obsidian version features a black strap while the Horizon Blue model boasts a gradient light-blue strap, both equipped with pin buckles crafted from the same materials as their respective precious metal cases. In contrast, the Dune watch comes with a black strap fitted with a stainless steel butterfly clasp.For more up to date information visit the official IWC Schaffhausen website here.

MSRP: $8,400.00 USD 


(Ref#: IW371625) - iN 18k Yellow Gold with Black Dial
MSRP: $19,200.00 USD 


(Ref#: IW371625) - iN 18k White Gold with Blue Dial
MSRP: $20,300.00 USD 


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