If you’re in the market for a stylish dress watch, you would have undoubtedly stumbled upon the IWC Portuguiser – one of the brand’s most elegant collections and one that happens to be one of its oldest, too, dating back to the 1930s. Within the IWC portfolio, no other watch collection incorporates so many of the technical aspects that pay tribute to Haute Horlogerie than the Portuguiser.
Watch enthusiasts will be pleased to know that IWC has this week released two new models to join its renowned Portuguiser family: the Automatic and the Chronograph, both with modern panda dials in white and blue. Both watches are aesthetically pleasing, boasting a subtle sportiness that compliments their dress appeal.
The aforementioned ‘panda dial’ design – a marked contrast between the dial and the subdials – has frequently featured in IWC’s Portugieser collection. The lively blues and whites that punctuate the subdials and Arabic numerals are a great touch for those looking for a spring/summer timepiece, but these nautical-inspired colours are also a nod to IWC’s maritime heritage (the Portugieser’s iconic design was initially inspired by marine deck observation watches).
While both the new Automatic and Chronograph feature stainless steel cases and contrasting white and blue ‘panda’ dials, they are two very different watches at hand.
The Portugieser Automatic is sized at 42mm and sits a little larger on wrist as opposed to its Chronograph counterpart. The balanced dial layout places the small seconds at 9 o’clock and the power reserve display at 3 o’clock. Working hard behind the scenes is the IWC-manufactured 52010 calibre, which, thanks to the use of a high-end Pellaton winding system, boasts an incredible 7 day power reserve. The movement can be admired through the sapphier glass case back which is always a nice touch.
Finishing off the Portugieser Automatic is its lovely blue alligator leather strap, which adds the level of formality the collection is renowned for.
The Portugieser Chronograph, on the other hand, features a more wearable 41mm case size, with the chronograph minutes counter located at 12 o’clock and the small seconds at 6 o’clock. Unlike the Automatic, Chronograph version features the IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre with automatic winding that offers a solid 46 hours of power reserve. This chronograph movement is visible through the sapphire glass case back, and features a classic column-wheel design.
The elegant Chronograph addition is fitted with a durable and flexible sporty blue rubber strap.
The Portugieser Automatic is priced at $18,800 and Portugieser Chronograph at $12,900. Both models are available to purchase through IWC boutiques, authorised retail partners or online at IWC.com.