Modern classic with new technology
The much-loved Portugieser Chronograph is now equipped with a movement from the 69000-calibre family and a see-through back
Not without reason is the Portugieser Chronograph one of the most popular models to emerge from Schaffhausen. The open, clear-cut and functionally designed dial with two recessed totalizers at “6 o’clock” and “12 o’clock”, appliquéd Arabic numerals and slender feuille hands is encircled by an exquisitely fashioned bezel. The flange, which is imprinted with a quarter-second scale, not only enables the user to read off recorded times precisely but also gives this timeless Portugieser the character of a precision nautical instrument and an understated, sporty character.
In the new models, which are known as Reference 3716, this modern classic retains its unmistakable appearance. However, on the inside IWC now uses a chronograph movement from the 69000-calibre family. The IWC-manufactured 69355 calibre, a rugged and precise chronograph movement in the classic column-wheel design, functions as a stopwatch with aggregate timing up to 30 minutes and is clearly visible through the sapphire-glass case back. Various models are available in stainless steel and 18-carat 5N gold.
Variety is guaranteed by around a dozen hand-dyed leather straps from Italian shoe manufacturer Santoni, which are available as accessories. You can also preview and exchange the strap to your favorite color, when buying the product online. The models in stainless steel are fitted with the newly developed butterfly clasp, which makes the watch extremely comfortable to wear.