IWC Portuguese Automatic Watch features a classic face with the traditional slim hands, Arabic numerals and a railway track-style chapter ring. It combines the outstanding company’s craftsmanship and design with contemporary details and the latest technology, yet stays faithful to the spirit of its predecessor from the 1930s. For the past eight years, this timekeeper has become one of the most successful Portuguese models ever.
This elegant wristwatch is housed in a stainless steel case with an appealing mixture of both brushed and polished finishes applied. Its round case measures 42.3 mm in diameter and 14 mm in thickness and incorporates a narrow, yet simple fixed bezel. On the right side of the case, there is an ample-sized screw-in crown.
The Exceptional Timepiece which Demonstrates all the Hallmarks of Exquisite Style and Elegance
The Portuguese Automatic is powered by the IWC-in-house made Caliber 51011 mechanical movement which integrates all the finest features ever to grace an automatic mechanism. With the energy provided by the highly efficient Pellaton winding system, this impeccable timepiece preserves full 168 hours of power reserve when fully wound. The 42 jewels movement runs at 21,600 beats per hour and boasts some outstanding components, such as the escapement with the screwed down balance wheel, Breguet spiral and adjustment cams on the balance wheel arms.
The well decorated Caliber 51011 is visible through a transparent sapphire-glass case back. The mechanism is equipped with a skeletonized oscillating weight with an 18-karat gold medallion and is nicely decorated with circular graining and circularGeneva stripes.
The face of the watch, as well as its case back are protected by scratch resistant convex sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings. The water-resistance of the case is assured down to 30 meters (100 feet).
An Extremely Legible, yet Simple-looking Dial
A silver-plated, an ardoise or a black dial with contrasting Arabic numerals and leaf-styled hour and minute hands, preserves the best visibility in every situation. The uncultured dial comprises two sub-dials. A seven day power reserve indicator is situated at the 3 o’clock position, while a small hacking seconds counter is located on the opposite side, at the 9 o’clock position. A small date window is displayed at the 6 o’clock position, whereas the brand’s logo is positioned traditionally below the numeral twelve. The last, but not the least, a railway-style minute chapter ring set at the outermost portion of the dial gives it old-world charm.
The Swiss manufacturer offers five models of Portuguese Automatic Watch. Two of them boast cases from precious metals. The most expensive watch in this line is the model IW500106 which matches the 18-karat white gold case and it comes with the retail price of $23,700. This exceptional model features an ardoise dial and a dark brown alligator leather strap. The 18-karat red gold version with the referent number IW500113 matches a silver-plated dial and the same strap as the previous one and it can be purchased for approximately $21,000. There is also the choice among three models in stainless steel. The most attractive steel variant IW500107 boasts a silver-plated dial with blue appliqués and a blue alligator strap. Two remaining models from this line are attached to black alligator straps with practical folding clasps and you can choose between a silver-plated dial (the referent number is IW500114) and a black dial (the referent number is IW500109). Whichever model you choose, the retail price is $12,400.