For the past twelve years, Portuguese Chronograph has been the most desirable timepiece in the Portuguese family and the first watch in this line with which the time could not only be read, but also measured.
The tradition behind this line of watches goes all the way back to the precision nautical instruments used by seafarers to discover the world. Thus, the precision timing was as essential as navigation skills to the Portuguese seafarers and this traditional family of nautically inspired instruments would be incomplete without a chronograph that records times to an accuracy of one-quarter of a second.
This Portuguese represents a perfect mixture of highly suitability for daily wearing and the timeless elegance. At the same time, it brings an outstanding design with a sporty note.
IWC Portuguese Chronograph is housed either in an 18-karat red gold case or in a stainless steel one. The classic looking case with a fixed bezel measures near 41 mm in diameter and 12.3 mm in thickness. Considering the size of the case, as well as its design, the watch is appropriate for both men and women. Traditionally, on the right side of the case, there is a screw-in crown and two chronograph push-buttons.
Harmonious Appeal of the Dial
The clearly organized dial features fashionable Arabic numerals and leaf-styled hour and minute hands. Two recessed sub-dials located at 6 and 12 o’clock positions enhance the harmonious appeal of the watch. The upper one is a 30-minute chronograph counter, whilst the lower sub-dial is a small hacking seconds counter. One more retro-charming detail on the dial comes with a raised counter for the seconds and minutes which nicely rounds its surface.
The watch is equipped with a highly efficient Caliber 79350 mechanical movement which is actually an IWC-modified movement based on the well-known Valjoux 7750 which itself is a synonym for sturdiness, reliability and accuracy. The self-winding movement built on 31 jewels preserves 44 hours of power reserve when fully wound and oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The case itself is protected on both sides with convex sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings and provides decent water-resistance up to 30 meters (100 feet) beneath water surface.
In 2010, IWC Schaffhausen extended this line with two exquisite models crafted from the 18-karat red gold. The contemporary model IW371482 boasts a black alligator leather strap and a slate-colored dial. An ardoise dial with its shimmering sun-pattern finish is in discreet contrast to the deep black counters.
The stylish version IW371480 matches a silver-plated dial with red gold appliqués and blue chrono hands which provide a colorful highlight to the dial. Whichever model in 18-karat red gold you choose, you will have to pay $16,400.
Besides these two Portuguese Chronographs, there are three more affordable variants housed in stainless steel cases. Two of them are attached to elegant alligator leather straps and there is the choice between a model with a silver-plated dial (the referent number is IW371401) and a model with a black dial with gray appliqués (the referent number is IW371438). For those who like to be noticed, probably the best solution is a blue model IW371417 that matches a blue alligator strap, as well as blue details on the silver-plated dial.
Portuguese Chronographs in steel come with the retail prices of $7,400 each.