The Portugieser, in its many forms, has been a long time stalwart of IWC’s collections, and there is no reason to think that its enduring popularity will fade anytime soon.
One of (the?) most popular variants of ‘Ports’, as they are affectionately known, is the chronograph, and it is this complication which IWC have now chosen to update with a new in-house movement.
The outside remains familiar, the instantly recognisable design is still present – the clean legible dial with two recessed totalisers for the chronograph function, appliqué Arabic numerals, flange with quarter-second scale, thin bezel, and pushers.
What has changed is behind the open case back – a new member of the Calibre 69000 family in the form of the automatic Calibre 69355 which powers the column wheel chronograph. Beating at 28,800 VPH, it has a power reserve of 46 hours.
Six different versions are available in 18k 5N rose gold or in stainless steel 41mm-sized cases :
Ref. IW371604 – silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and appliqués.
Ref. IW371605 – silver-plated dial, blue hands and appliqués.
Ref. IW371606 – blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués.
Ref. IW371609 – black dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués.
Ref. IW371610 – slate dial, gold-plated hands, 18k gold appliqués.
Ref. IW371611 – silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands, 18k gold appliqués.
The stainless steel models have a newly designed butterfly folding clasp with a black or blue (Ref. IW371605) alligator strap. The gold models come on black (Ref. IW371610) or brown (Ref. IW371611) alligator straps by Santoni.
The steel models have an RRP of EUR 7,950 (including taxes) and the rose gold models, EUR 17,700 (including taxes).
[Photo credit : IWC]