Since 1995 when IWC Portugieser Rattrapante Watch was introduced for the first time, it has become a very successful model which has gained a big popularity. Earlier this year, the Schaffhausen-based manufacturer announced a special edition model of the Portugieser Rattrapante dedicated to the city of Milan and its flagship boutique in the Italian fashion capital, and now presents two more limited editions to honor two other IWC’s European flagships which are located in Paris and Munich.
Just like the original model, these three newcomers feature a rare split-second chronograph function. Each model is equipped with a third push-piece which triggers and stops the split-seconds hand. This pusher is located at the 10 o’clock position. A rattrapante in the name of the watch is the French word for a split-seconds hand. As you can see on these images, the Portugieser Rattrapante model feature two chronograph hands, one superimposed over the other one. Whilst one of the hands moves continuously, registering the time, the other one can be either stopped, started or reset to zero.
IWC Portugieser Double Chronograph Edition “Milano” is produced in the limited series of 100 specimens. They are already available at the new Swiss company’s boutique located in Milan’s most fashionable shopping street, while the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” and Edition “Boutique Munich” are issued as limited editions of 250 pieces each. The first one will come later this month in the IWC boutique Rue de la Paix in Paris, while the later will be available from Spring 2017 in the Swiss brand’s boutique in Munich.
Unlike the Boutique Milano model which is housed in red gold case, the Paris and Munich models are encased in stainless steel cases. The Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” comes with a gray-colored dial with black sub-dials, paired with silver-colored numerals and indexes, while the Munich edition boasts a midnight blue dial and tone-on-tone sub-counters, contrasted with silver-colored hands and numerals. On the Munich model, the hands for the rattrapante and 30-minute functions are colored in the eye-catching red tone.
Each new Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Watch is housed in the round case measuring 40.90mm in diameter. The watch is powered with the in-house manufactured caliber 76240 hand-wound mechanical double-chronograph movement which is capable to provide no less than 48 hours of power reserve. The impeccable movement is built on 31 rubies and operates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
The case backs on all three models feature dedicated engravings. For the Milan’s version, the case back reveals a special engraving of the “Biscione”, the grass snake, of the Milanese Visconti family, the symbol and emblem of the city. The Munich’s edition depicts the Munich’s cathedral, while the Parisian one boasts the landmark of the Place Vendôme’s Colonne.