Luxury Swiss Chronograph Watches - timed to perfection
It is one of the most sought-after and frequently used watch complications. And with good reason – a chronograph watch on your wrist is wonderfully practical, whether you’re at the track, on the water, or in the air. No other complication brings such an air of sporting elegance to a timepiece as a chronograph.
With its distinctive aesthetics, our chronograph watch is not only perfect to wear everyday but with its complication it also can be considered as two watches in one, allowing you to customize its functionality to your needs.
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The word chronograph is a combination of two Greek words – chronos meaning time, and graph meaning writing. So when you start your chronograph, you’re literally writing time. Today’s chronographs offer precision down to a tenth of a second in some cases. And operation is simple – pushers enable the wearer to start, stop, and return the timekeeper to its original state, or even time two intervals at once. The complication adds plenty of practicality and a sporty touch to any timepiece, which is perfect when merely experiencing time isn’t enough.
A history of precision
IWC has a distinctive and storied history with the chronograph watch. The first IWC chronograph, the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 (Ref. 37000), was manufactured in 1980. It was the world’s first watch made of titanium, a highly innovative material, which was supposed to underline the timepiece’s sporty character. Designed by F.A. Porsche, this icon is easily recognizable thanks to a host of unique features, including its smoothly integrated pushers. Five years later, the Da Vinci became the first chronograph to feature a perpetual calendar, which just happened to be mechanically programmed for no less than 500 years. 2004 saw the introduction of the Aquatimer Split Minute Chronograph, with its second minute hand enabling the diver to time the duration of a decompression stop during a dive. And in 2007, IWC released its first in-house movement with a fully integrated chronograph – the Cal. 89000.
Icons of Sporty Elegance
Portugieser Chronograph (Ref. IW371604)
The Portugieser Chronograph has been the most sought-after model in the Portugieser family since 1998. Back then, it was the first Portugieser watch that not only allowed the wearer to read the time, but also to stop it. Its moderate, 40.9-millimetre diameter also makes it ideal for a more slender wrist. Everything is integrated harmoniously on the clearly organized dial with the encircling precision scale: the recessed totalizers, the embossed Arabic numerals and the perfectly proportioned feuille hands for hours and minutes. The blue hands for stopped times provide a colourful highlight on the silver-plated dial of the stainless-steel model.
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Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium (Ref. IW371815)
Ceratanium® was developed by IWC and combines the advantages of titanium and ceramic in a single material. Based on a titanium alloy, the patented material is as light and rigid as titanium itself but at the same time as hard, wear-free and scratch-resistant as ceramic. Other features are its skin-friendliness and high resistance to corrosion. All the case components, including the push-buttons and pin buckle, are made of Ceratanium®, which along with its black dial and hands, gives the entire watch a striking “jet black” look. A black rubber strap with a textile inlay completes the look. The Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Top Gun Ceratanium features an integrated split-seconds function that enables the watch to time two separate actions simultaneously. Its power is supplied by the 79420-calibre movement with automatic winding and a 44-hour power reserve.
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IWC Portofino Chronograph (Ref. IW391025)
The Portofino Chronograph takes its design cues from the 1960s, with elegantly sporty push-buttons and chronograph displays. The chronograph in 18-carat 5N gold with a silver-plated dial has a convex sapphire glass and and 5N gold numerals. It is powered by the tried and tested self-winding 75320 calibre with its 44-hour power reserve. The case back features an exquisite engraving showing a view of the harbour at Portofino. This watch comes with a dark brown alligator leather strap.
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