Swiss watchmaker IWC Scaffhausen welcomed new models to its iconic Portugieser family on April 25. All powered by in-house calibres, the attractive additions range from the compact automatic style, legendary perpetual calendar, to the first watches with tide indication.
The Portugieser Tourbillon Retrograde Chronograph (Ref 3940) and Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon (Ref 5045) are two selected models which emphasizes IWC’s expertise in Haute Horlogerie. Both are designed with improved microstructure, an innovative new material which has higher hardness values than traditional 5N gold alloys. They available in either 18-carat Armor Gold or platinum case, each limited to only 50 pieces.
The first one combines a flying minute tourbillon with a retrograde date display and flyback chronograph, located at 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
The latter, as its name hints, brings perpetual calendar and tourbillon together on the dial. The tourbillon has 82 individual parts yet weighing only 0.635 grams, and it is visible at 12 o’clock.
IWC unveils three new versions of the Portugieser Chronograph (Ref 3716), one in a burgundy dial, one in green, and another as the boutique edition in blue dial with an 18-carat 5N gold case. All are powered by IWC in-house 69355 calibre. One of the most successful models from IWC, the unique character of the Portugieser Chronograph lies on its flange, which features a printed quarter-second scale, allowing precise reading of stop times while presenting qualities of a nautical instrument.
The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar 42 (Ref 3442) has for the first time integrated with IWC’s in-house movement from the 82000 calibre family, the 82650 calibre advances the calendar module with a single impulse. Three subdials are located at 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and 9 o’clock to show the date, month, and day of the week. The month display is integrated with the perpetual moon phase display, and it deviates from the actual orbit of the moon by only one day after 577.5 years. It has three models: two in a 18-carat 5N gold case and one in stainless steel case, all coming in alligator leather strap by Santoni.
IWC will also be launching a Boutique Edition of the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar (Ref 5033), which comes in a 44mm diameter, 18-carat Armor Gold case, blue dial with gold-plated hands and blue alligator leather strap by Santoni. The boutique edition has four subdials for date, day, and separate month and moon phase display, as well as small seconds, power reserve and four-digit year display.
IWC also welcomeD four versions of the compactly designed Portugieser Automatic 40 (Ref 3583). It features the small seconds at 6 o’clock, and a newly developed butterfly folding clasp on the stainless steel models. At the same time, IWC also launched two versions of the Portugieser Automatic 42. It displays the small seconds and power reserve neatly at the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph (Ref 3907) welcomes the third generation of its kind. They come in 44m case in three models of metal bracelet, made in either a stainless steel or steel and 18-carat 5N gold. The movement is driven by IWC-manufactured 83961 calibre. It displays the stopped hours and minutes in a single totaliser at 12 o’clock. The stopwatch hands can also be returned to zero by simply pressing the reset button with its flyback function.
The Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide (Ref 344001) brings the first tide indication developed by IWC, which indicates the arrival of the next high and low tide. It has a subdial at 6 o’clock indicating the time for the tide, while another subdial at its opposite has a double moon phase display showing spring and neap tides to provide the strength of the current tides. Both modules are powered by IWC-manufactured 82835 calibre. The elegant and highly water-resistant watch comes with a combination of 18-carat 5N gold case and 44.6mm blue dial with gold-plated hands. It is completed with a blue rubber strap with textile inlay.