Portuguese Chronograph Classic
The PORTUGUESE collection from Swiss watch manufacturer IWC are masterpieces of precision engineering
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PORTUGUESE CHRONOGRAPH CLASSIC
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. This elegant and stylish models now grace this successful IWC watch family:
The PORTUGUESE CHRONOGRAPH CLASSIC
Since its inception, the purist Portuguese line has combined an elegant and timeless language of form with uncompromising 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 businessmen 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 appreciate its sheer size, precision and complex mechanics.
The new Portuguese Chronograph Classic brings exceptional elegance and classically inspired design to this popular collection, though the redesigned watch has a surprisingly independent look. This third chronograph member of the Portuguese dynasty preserves the identity and cultural heritage of the legendary originals of the 1930s.
The timepiece comes complete with appliquéd Arabic numerals, a railway-track-style chapter ring and slender feuille hands. An arched-edge front glass makes this slim beauty’s 42mm diameter seem smaller than it is. The traditional type of glass used admirably sets off the language of form, lending a well-balanced and classical impression. Powering the Portuguese Chronograph Classic is an IWC-manufactured 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 sapphire-glass 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 silver-plated or slate-coloured dial.
With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world’s leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision with exclusive design.
The Portuguese discovered not only Brazil, the islands of Madeira, the Azores and Cabo Verde, but also determined where the best watches could be found: in Switzerland.
This was what brought the two Portuguese traders Rodrigues and Teixeira to Schaffhausen, where they want IWC (International Watch Company) make a wristwatch with the qualities of a chronometer. It would be a big watch, contrary to the fashion then, and, of course, very precise.
Rodrigues and Teixeira also demanded optimum readability, with this in mind, the Portuguese combines the ancient arts with the tradition of watchmaking, very refined.
Enthusiasts can enjoy not only the skills of engineers and watchmakers, but also the experience of the IWC as manufacturing, and breathe a little history of a great nation.
One thing is certain: Rodrigues and Teixeira also have bought this watch today
TECHNICAL DETAILS - PORTUGUESE CHRONOGRAPH CLASSIC
IW390402 - Red gold case with silver-plated dial
IW390405 - Red gold case with slate-coloured dial
IW390404 - Stainless-steel case with slate-coloured dial
IW390403 - Stainless-steel case with silver-plated dial
Self-winding mechanical chronograph
Stopwatch function with hours
28,800 vph 4,0 (Hz)
Hours, minutes, seconds, Chronograph flyback and date
Red gold cor stainless-steel case
See-through sapphire glass
Measuring 42,00m in diameter
Measuring 14,50m in height
Silver-plated or slate-coloured dial
Sapphire, arched edge, antireflective coating on both sides
3 Bar = 30 meters
Black or dark brown Santoni alligator leather strap
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