Friday, May 12, 2017

IWC Schaffhausen New Portugieser Chronograph Classic (Ref. 3903)

IWC Schaffhausen presents a revised edition of Portugieser Chronograph Classic, the timeless in house manufactured chronograph that boasts all the the stylistic attributes of a typical Portugieser like appliquéd Arabic numerals, railway-track-style chapter ring and characteristic feuille hands. The new version features an even more purist dial design in three new colour combinations.
The Reference 3904 – the third Chronograph in the Portugieser family – was presented for the first time in 2013, yet it still retains the unmistakable character of the originals from the 1930s. IWC is now reissuing the Portugieser Chronograph Classic (Ref. 3903) with a slightly revised and updated design. The dial with the typical Portugieser railway-track style chapter ring looks even neater than its predecessor without the subdivision of the seconds, while the watch as a whole has a more modern impact thanks to the convex sapphire glass.
The top-of-the-line version has an 18-carat red gold case and a silver-plated dial, as well as golden hands and appliqués. It is fitted with a hand-finished brown alligator leather strap (Ref. IW390301). Two models are available with a stainless-steel case and a black alligator leather strap. One features a silver-plated dial and blue hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390302), while the other has a midnight blue dial and rhodium-plated hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390303).
When it comes to the technical components inside these watches, IWC relies on the aspect of continuity: the new Chronographs are still driven by the tried-and-tested IWC- manufactured 89361 calibre with flyback function, self-winding system and a power reserve of 68 hours. The recorded time is particularly easy to read on the combined hour and minute counter at “12 o’clock”.
A see-through sapphire-glass back provides a view of the movement and the rotor, which is adorned with Geneva stripes.
The new Portugieser Chronograph Classic models are available now in IWC boutiques and from authorised IWC dealers.

Technical detailsModel: Portugieser Chronograph Classic
Ref. IW390301 • IW390302 • IW390303

Functions
Date display
Stopwatch function with hours, minutes and seconds
Hour and minute counters combined in a totalizer at “12 o’clock”
Flyback function
Small hacking seconds

Movement
IWC-manufactured calibre 89361
Mechanical chronograph movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h | 4 Hz
Jewels: 38
Power reserve: 68 h
Winding: Automatic

Case, dial and strap
Ref. IW390301: 18-carat red gold case and appliqués, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands, brown alligator leather strap
Ref. IW390302: Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, blue hands and appliqués, black alligator leather strap
Ref. IW390303: Stainless-steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, black alligator leather strap
Glass: Sapphire, convex, antireflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant: 3 bar
Diameter: 42 mm
Height: 14 mm
See-through sapphire-glass back

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