IWC and Orlebar Brown have announced their new partnership this summer. To mark the start of their collaboration the luxury watchmakers have unveiled the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Orlebar Brown”. Here we explore this new partnership and take a closer look at the impressive, and stylish new timepiece.

IWC wristwatches have long been defined by their elegant aesthetic and the British resort wear and lifestyle brand, Orlebar Brown are the perfect complement to their refined style. Their partnership, which was announced this summer, is an exciting one that combines timeless elegance with a love of adventure.

Let’s find out more about the partnership and the watch launch that comes with it…

IWC and Orlebar Brown

Who are Orlebar Brown?

The Orlebar Brown brand was founded by Adam Brown in London after an invitation to a friend’s birthday in Rajasthan. Around the hotel pool, he noticed that the usually well-dressed group, particularly the men in attendance, seemed to lack their usual sense of style, with only lacklustre board shorts and briefs. When he was changing for lunch he realised that he wanted something that he could seamlessly wear for both swimming and socialising. Hence, the Orlebar Brown swim shorts were created.

IWC and Orlebar Brown

IWC and Orlebar Brown both place great importance on the minute details. Their swim shorts are crafted from 60 elements, all brought together in perfect harmony and designed to be tailored to the dynamic lifestyles of sailors, adventurers and explorers. IWC similarly have a series of intricate elements that are all brought together by watchmaking experts to create wristwatches that are both aesthetically charming and technically impressive.

IWC and Orlebar Brown

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen said: “IWC and Orlebar Brown are united by the passion they feel every day for craftsmanship, innovation and quality. Orlebar Brown has reinvented sporty, elegant leisurewear and has proven with its unique, tailored approach that men can also look good in casual outfits. The company is one of the most innovative in its sector and continues to set high standards when it comes to comfort, quality and functionality.”

The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Orlebar Brown”

To mark the start of their collaboration, IWC has introduced the Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Orlebar Brown” (Ref. IW390704). The stainless-steel case is complemented by a marine-blue dial and a co-branded side-fastener buckle, featuring white and red accents, colours that are often used in Orlebar Brown pieces. The nautical chronograph with elegant case proportions is worn on a blue rubber strap with textile inlay.

IWC and Orlebar Brown

Thanks to its robust design and water-resistance of 6 bar, this watch is ideally suited for either an action-packed adventure on the deck of a yacht or for relaxing by the pool. The IWC-manufactured calibre 89361 with flyback function, displays the measured hours and minutes together on a subdial at 12 o’clock and has a power reserve of 68 hours.

A stylish companion for your summer adventures.



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