Monday, January 19, 2015

IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph

The legendary Portugieser line from IWC Schaffhausen is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and to mark this historic event, the manufacture unveils variety of timepieces including state of the art complication watches. The Portugieser Chronograph, one of the most popular models in this iconic collection, also welcomes new versions to the family in the anniversary year.

The Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. 3714) has been the most sought-after model in the Portugieser family since 1998. With a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, the movement is extremely precise, and times can be recorded on the high-precision calibrated scale running round the dial to an accuracy of one-eighth of a second. As a timeless watch designed for everyday use, it has an understated, unmistakable design that makes it a genuine classic combining elegance with a distinctly sporty touch. This timepiece owes its popularity to, among other things, its moderate 40.9-milimetre diameter, which makes it ideal for a more slender wrist. Thanks to its proportions and elegant design, it is equally popular with men and women.
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph, Reference IW371480
Everything is integrated harmoniously on the clearly organized dial: the recessed totalizers, the embossed Arabic numerals and the perfectly proportioned feuille hands for hours and minutes. The push-buttons for stop times and resetting provide the sporty highlights that are simply de rigueur in a chronograph.

The Portugieser Chronograph is available in a choice of five different designs. The various cases, dials and hands together with the alligator leather straps give each model a personality of its own. In the Reference IW371482, the most striking feature is the stark contrast between the warm glow of the 18-carat red gold case, controls and displays and the cool, slate-coloured dial and black strap.

The shimmering sun pattern finish on the dial creates a multitude of captivating reflections. The classically designed Reference IW371480 in its 18-carat red gold case is available with a silver-plated dial and dark brown strap. The small blue seconds hand in the counter at “12 o’clock” enhances
 he dial’s attractiveness, as in the Reference IW371445 in  its stainless-steel case.
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph , Reference IW371445
In the Reference IW371447, the consistent use of stainless steel and black gives the watch a cooler and more technical feel, while the stainless-steel Reference IW371446, which features blue hands and appliqués together with a blue leather strap, has a modern, sporty appearance.

The choice of different variations of the Portugieser Chronograph makes it possible for any watch lover to choose the model that best expresses their personality.
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph , Reference IW371447
Technical details
Model: Portugieser Chronograph
REF. IW371445 ∙ IW371446 ∙ IW371447 ∙ IW371480 ∙ IW371482

Movement
Calibre 79350
Mechanical chronograph movement
44-hour power reserve when fully wound
Frequency: 28,800 A/h / 4 Hz
Jewels: 31
Winding: automatic

Functions
Stopwatch function with minutes and seconds
Small hacking seconds

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW371445: case in stainless steel, silver-plated dial, black alligator leather strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Ref. IW371446: case in stainless steel, silver-plated dial, blue alligator leather strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Ref. IW371447: case in stainless steel, black dial, black alligator leather strap, folding clasp in stainless steel
Ref. IW371480: case in 18-carat red gold, silver-plated dial, dark brown alligator leather strap, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Ref. IW371482: case in 18-carat red gold, slate-coloured dial, black alligator leather strap, pin buckle in 18-carat red gold
Glass: sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 40.9 mm
Case height: 12.3 mm

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