One of the most desirable Swiss watchmaking brands worldwide, IWC Schaffhausen, have produced an exceptional array of meticulously crafted timepieces – with everything from diving to dress watches. However, perhaps the most iconic of all time is the Portugieser.
After 150 years of manufacture, IWC have perfected the mix of form and function, and the Portugieser is no exception.
The history of one of the most popular and sought-after IWC watches began in 1939. Two Portuguese business men commissioned an order with IWC for a series of larger watches that could run as precisely as marine chronometers for the Captains and Officers of Portugal’s merchant navy. The timepiece was revolutionary and a far-cry from the small and conventional art deco styles of the time. They had big round faces, Arabic numerals and feuille hands as legibility was of utmost importance, these characteristics remain to this day. With its balance of practicality and elegance, the IWC Portugieser has earned a spot on every watch collector’s wish list. Its timeless, yet iconic design has been loved by many for generations.
Perhaps the most sought after model in the Portugieser family the Chronograph has been on the wish list of watch collectors since its release in 1998. Back then, it was the first Portugieser watch that not only allowed the wearer to read the time, but also to stop it with its sporty functions.
Everything about this model is integrated harmoniously from the clearly organised dial to the impeccably sleek design and chronograph movement. The sportiest member of the family is beloved for its rugged look and brilliant performance. The perfect watch to accompany any active lifestyle.
The Portugieser Automatic has become one of the most successful Portugieser models ever to be produced in Schaffhausen. The balanced dial design retains the timeless appeal of the original Portugieser, first manufactured in the 1930s. The pawls, automatic wheel and rotor in the iconic Pellaton winding system are made from extremely wear-resistant ceramic, whilst two barrels build up an impressive 7-day power reserve. This model really is an all-rounder, perfect for dressing up or down, it is one of the most classically styled watches and an IWC icon.
A beautiful tribute to the moon and for lovers of fine watchmaking, the IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar is equipped with an IWC-Manufactured 52610 calibre movement and perpetual calendar function that even takes into account the different lengths of months and leap years. The outside is every bit as impressive as the inside, made for the sophisticated man it is perfectly practical and classically handsome.
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