IWC has added its own 69355 chronograph caliber to the Portugieser Chronograph, a long-time best seller at the Schaffhausen-based watchmaker.
Visible through the clear sapphire caseback, the in-house movement features a column-wheel and an automatic pawl-winding system that builds up the power reserve to about forty-six hours.
By adding the new caliber to the Portugieser Chronograph, IWC drops its starting price in steel to $7,950, well below the $12,100 of the slightly larger and thicker (42mm by 14.3mm) Portugieser Chronograph Classic set with another in-house movement, IWC’s 89361 caliber.
The Portugieser’s famed dial owes its clean lines, railroad-style chapter ring and Arabic numerals to the 1930-era pocket watches on which its design was based.
And here IWC doesn’t change anything above the new movement, retaining the ever-clear recessed totalizers at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock and slim hands circled by a thin bezel.
IWC is launching six different versions of the new Portugieser Chronograph in either rose gold or steel, all measuring 41mm by 13.1mm. The stainless steel models are now equipped with IWC’s newly developed butterfly folding clasp, and all are water resistant to 30 meters.
IWC Portugieser Chronograph references and pricing:
Ref. IW371604:Stainless steel case, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands and appliques, black alligator strap . $7,950.
Ref. IW371605:Stainless steel case, silver-plated dial, blue hands and appliques, blue alligator leather strap. $7,950.
Ref. IW371606:Stainless steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliques, black alligator strap. $7,950.
Ref. IW371609:Stainless steel case, black dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliques, black alligator strap $7,950.
Ref. IW371610: 18-karat 5N gold case, black dial, gold-plated hands, 18-karat gold appliques, black alligator strap by Santoni. $17,800.
Ref. IW371611:18-karat 5N gold case, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands, 18-karat gold appliques, brown alligator leather strap by Santoni. Price: $17,800.