Two new watches have been added to the Portuguese collection from Swiss watch manufacturer IWC: the Portuguese Chronograph Classic and the Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days.
In the late 1930s, two Portuguese businessmen working in the watch sector visited the IWC Schaffhausen factory and commissioned watches to match the accuracy of a marine chronometer, leading to the creation of a classic line known for its size, precision and complex mechanics.
The Portuguese Hand-Wound Eight Days features new case design twinned with an arched-edge front glass. Several variations of the watch are available, including one in red gold (Ref. IW510204) with a silver-plated dial, Arabic numerals and the characteristic feuille hands. The sister models in stainless steel sport a black (Ref. IW510202) or silver-plated dial (Ref. IW510203) have rhodium-plated numerals and hands.
Features common to both include the typical railway track-style chapter ring and the IWC-manufactured 59215 calibre. This movement, a member of the 59000-calibre family, is a modern design featuring conspicuous plates and bridges and guarantees the high level of ruggedness and reliability required in a watch designed for everyday use. The watch also has a long power reserve, allowing it to run for exactly 192 hours without needing to be rewound.
Bringing elegant, classically inspired design to the collection, the redesigned Portuguese Chronograph Classic has a surprisingly independent look, preserving the identity and heritage of the legendary 1930s originals. The timepiece comes complete with appliquéd Arabic numerals and slender feuille hands. An arched-edge front glass makes the watch’s 42-millimetre diameter appear smaller than it is, whilst the sapphire-glass back reveals the 89361 calibre and the rotor, resplendent in Geneva stripes. The watch is available in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel, both with silver-plated or slate-coloured dial.
Each watch features a leather strap from Italian shoemaker Santoni.