Hands-On – The Redesigned Edition of the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

Hands-On – The Redesigned Edition of the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic was presented in 2013 with little flourish, long after the frenzy of the SIHH had died down. The basic thought was a more specialized (new development) however profoundly dedicated interpretation of a watch that has become a foundation in the assortment (the plan is vigorously founded on the Portugieser’s DNA). For 2017, this now-classic model gets a watchful facelift, zeroed in on the fundamentals. Here is the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903.

The Portugieser model was presented by International Watch Co. in the 1940’s, and was prominent for its huge measurement, excellent clarity, applied Arabic numerals, railroad track-style section ring and trademark ‘feuille’ hands (or leaf turns in English). These key plan qualities are as yet obvious in the current assortment and are one the fundamental reasons this watch is considered among the horological symbols. A Portugieser is a Portugieser and is conspicuous as such.

In expansion to the acclaimed Chronograph (furnished with a 7750, which is as yet in the index), IWC presented a second chronograph rendition in 2013, the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic IW3904 , with a more prominent spotlight on specialized content and a style that was really roused by the 1940s. For 2017, without rolling out an excessive number of improvements to the very delicious formula, IWC facelifts the model, with an emphasis on fundamental features.

Compared to the Ref. IW3904 , the new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903 will not make a break in the genealogy. Indeed, just prepared eyes will recognize the distinctions, even with the two references close to one another. This facelift is inconspicuous, and believe it or not, this is something that we’d prefer to see all the more frequently at IWC, which will in general make intense changes in its assortments. Here, the base remaining parts as before. The case keeps similar measurements (42mm distance across x 14mm thick) and the plan is generally unaltered, which means bended hauls, a somewhat slim curved bezel that takes into account an enormous dial opening and a similar mushroom pushers. As shown by its name, this watch oozes “Classic” and remains completely in accordance with the remainder of the Portugieser assortment (for example the Annual Calendar form , with which it shares numerous visual elements).

In truth, the majority of the work done by IWC on this IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903 comprised of eliminating the inessential components and realigning this model with the remainder of the assortment. Beforehand, this Chronograph had rather huge leaf hands, red accents on the chronograph registers and on the recycled tip, and a 1/fifth of a second ring on the outskirts of the dial. These highlights are presently gone, making this watch as spotless as could really be expected. The 2017 Edition IWC3903 includes only a railroad minute track (no more seconds markings) with little applied square shapes, close to the mark applied Arabic numerals. Additionally, the leaf hands are presently somewhat slimmer and all the hands are uniform in material and shading (not any more red accents or blued seconds hand, as seen previously). Nonetheless, the presentation stays as before, with a little second at 6, a date at 3 and the very-IWC sub-counter at 12, for the slipped by hours and minutes.

No changes to note inside the instance of this new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic, which is as yet fueled by the in-house type 89361. This programmed chronograph includes all the cutting edge rarities, which means a segment wheel, a vertical grasp, a flyback work, a coordinated engineering, a 4Hz recurrence and a comfortable force hold of 68 hours. It is obvious through the caseback and comes with a pleasant (yet machine-executed) decoration.

Three different variants will be accessible (supplanting the four past forms, gold/silver dial – gold/record dim dial – steel/silver dial – steel/ slate dark dial, notwithstanding the blue Laureus restricted release ).

  • Ref. IW390301 – 18k red gold case and appliqués, silver-plated dial, gold-plated hands, earthy colored gator cowhide tie – as captured here
  • Ref. IW390302 – Stainless-steel case, silver-plated dial, blue hands and appliqués, dark gator cowhide tie – not captured here
  • Ref. IW390303 – Stainless-steel case, blue dial, rhodium-plated hands and appliqués, dark gator cowhide tie – as shot here, and near the Laureus Limited edition

The new IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic 2017 Edition IWC3903 is presently accessible in IWC shops and approved retailers. Costs stay unaltered at EUR 11,900 in steel and EUR 22,800 in gold. More subtleties on iwc.com .


Technical Specifications – IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic

  • Case: 42mm measurement x 14mm thickness – Steel or 18k red gold – cleaned – sapphire gem on the two appearances – 30m water resistant
  • Movement: Calibre 89361, in-house – programmed – 4Hz recurrence – 68h force save – hours, minutes, seconds, date, flyback chronograph
  • Strap: alligator cowhide strap
  • References: IW390301/ IW390302/ IW390303
  • Price: EUR 11,900 (steel) EUR 22,800 (Gold)
  • Availability: May 2017