News May 2013

Two new models grace Portuguese collection

Portuguese Chronograph Classic
and Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound

The Watch Quote™ - May 25th, 2013



The Portuguese collection from Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen are masterpieces of precision engineering. The delight of watch lovers round the globe for over 70 years, they are landmarks in the history of mechanical timekeeping. Two elegant and stylish newcomers now grace this successful IWC watch family: the Portuguese Chronograph Classic and the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound.



Since its inception, the purist Portuguese line has com­ bined an elegant and timeless language of form with un­ compromising horological perfection. Benchmarks of good taste, these chronometers concede nothing to the whims of fashion. The tradition behind the IWC Portuguese family stretches back to the precision nautical instruments once used by navigators to discover the world. Over half a millennium later, in the late 1930s, two Portuguese busi­ nessmen working in the watch sector visited the Schaffhausen factory and commissioned wrist watches to match the accuracy of a marine chronometer. The first Portuguese, in 1939, came fitted with a pocket watch movement. The IWC watch line has endured over 70 years since then and is a firm favourite amongst the world’s watch lovers, who ap­ preciate its sheer size, precision and complex mechanics.




Craftsmanship from the tradition-steeped house of Santoni

The Portuguese Chronograph Classic and the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound are both fitted with exquisite lea­ ther straps from the House of Santoni. This Italian family firm specializes in nuanced dyeing of leather. Every Santoni strap is lovingly finished with manual artistry to lend an exclusive patina look with individual colour shade. To achieve this effect, Santoni craftsmen polish the leather surface with various pastes until they take on the desired shading and a perfect sheen. Santoni’s elegant leather products epitomize masterly craftsmanship and the highest quality.

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Portuguese Chronograph Classic

The elegance of a classic



The new Portuguese Chronograph Classic (Ref. 3904) brings exceptional elegance and classically inspired de­ sign to this popular collection, though the redesigned watch has a surprisingly independent look. This third chronograph member of the Portuguese dynasty pre­ serves the identity and cultural heritage of the legendary originals of the 1930s.



The timepiece comes complete with appliquéd Arabic numerals, a railway­track­style chapter ring and slender feuille hands. An arched­edge front glass makes this slim beauty’s 42-millimetre diameter seem smaller than it is. The traditional type of glass used admirably sets off the language of form, lending a well­balanced and classical impression. Powering the Portuguese Chronograph Classic is an IWC­manufac­ tured 89361 calibre, developed specifically to record time spans of up to 12 hours on a subdial.



The result is as bold and easy to read as a clock face. The sapphire­glass back reveals the 89361 calibre and the rotor, resplendent in Geneva stripes. The Portuguese Chronograph Classic is available in 18 carat red gold or stainless steel, both with silver­plated or slate­coloured dial.

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IWC Portugaise Chronograph Classic

Ref.: IW390402 · IW390403 · IW390404 · IW390405




Movement :Mechanical chronograph
Self-winding
68-hour power reserve when fully wound
Date display
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined at 12 o’clock
Flyback function
Small hacking seconds
See-through sapphire-glass back
Calibre :89361
Frequency :28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels :38
Power reserve :68 h
Winding :Automatic
Case
Ref. IW390402:18-carat red gold case with silver-plated dial
Dark brown Santoni alligator leather strap
Pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Ref. IW390405:18-carat red gold case with slate-coloured dial, black
Santoni alligator leather strap
Pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Ref. IW390404:Stainless-steel case with slate-coloured dial
Black Santoni alligator leather strap
Folding clasp in stainless steel
Ref. IW390403:Stainless-steel case with silver-plated dial
Black Santoni alligator leather strap
Folding clasp in stainless steel
Glass :Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Back :See-through sapphire glass
Water-resistant :3 bar
Diameter :42 mm
Case height :14.5 mm

Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound

Tourbillon, queen of disciplines



The Portuguese collection is famed for combining the trad­ ition of nautical instruments with contemporary design and futuristic mechanics. The Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound (Ref. 5463) is a refined expression of this synthe­ sis. Ideal for big, hand­wound wristwatches such as this, the 98900 calibre marks the apogee of a long line of fore­ bears from the Schaffhausen works. The stylistically mini­ malist case in 18 carat white gold or 18 carat red gold supremely embodies unadorned understatement. However, the presence of the flying tourbillon at “9 o’clock” is an unmistakeable sign that this timepiece boasts the finest components which impressively reflect IWC’s watchmaking flair. The tourbillon rotates once round its axis every 60 seconds. This offsets the pull of gravity on any disequilibrium in the balance wheel, which may affect the rate of the watch. The new front glass with arched edge makes the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound seem very flat, en­ hancing its classic, balanced lines. The choice of dial suits the case – slate­coloured for the 18 carat white gold vari­ ant and silver­plated for the 18 carat red gold. The IWC­ manufactured 98900 calibre movement, with its intricately decorated nickel­silver three­quarter bridge, can be admired through the transparent sapphire­glass back. The 98000 calibre family has been in production since the 1920s and has evolved further, blending tradition with the latest technical advances. For the Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound, IWC engineers have increased the balance frequency to 28,800 beats per hour, which ensures excellent precision.

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IWC Portuguese Tourbillon Hand-Wound

Ref.: IW546301 · IW546302




Movement :IWC-manufactured, hand-wound mechanical pocket watch movement
Flying minute tourbillon consisting of 64 individual parts at 9 o’clock
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Plate and three-quarter bridge made of nickel silver
Calibre :98900
Frequency :28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels :21
Power reserve :54 h
Winding :Hand-wound
Weight of tourbillon :approx. 0,801 g
Case
Ref. IW546301:18-carat white gold case with slate-coloured dial
Dark brown Santoni alligator leather strap
Folding clasp in 18-carat white gold
Ref. IW546302:18-carat red gold case with silver-plated dial
Dark brown Santoni alligator leather strap
Folding clasp in 18-carat red gold
Glass :Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
Back :See-through sapphire glass
Water-resistant :3 bar
Diameter :43 mm
Case height :11 mm

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